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Mark H. Zimmerman

Mark H. Zimmerman of Kerhonkson, NY, passed away in the comfort of his home surrounded by His Loving Family on Sunday, March 6, 2022.  He was 63 years old. Mark was born on February 20, 1959 in Point Pleasant, NJ. He was the son of the late Richard H. Zimmerman and late Claire (Hoffman) Zimmerman of Bricktown, NJ.  Richard H. Zimmerman later married the late Marilyn (Knoell) Zimmerman and they moved their families to Kerhonkson in the early ‘70’s.

Mark was a Graduate of the Rondout Valley High School, Class of 1978.  During his high school years, and through the mid 80’s, he worked at numerous "Borscht Belt Hotels & Lodges”, including the Mohonk Mountain House and the Granit Hotel.  Mark and Kris M. McConnell dated in 1981 and Married on May 25, 1985 at The Chapel of the Holy Name "The Stone Church", in Cragsmoor, NY.  Following marriage, and throughout the remainder of His Life, Mark and Kris settled in Kerhonkson and raised two unique and talented children. Together they shared memories of camping, hunting, and fishing. He deeply valued, and took pride in creating and maintaining his property through the creation of natural stone gardens and displays of unique treasures.

Mark habitually made time to lend a helping hand, and played a vital role in his community for many years. He was a devoted leader in Scouts- Pack 22, “The Recycling Den”, a volunteer with the Indian Valley Little League and collaborated on many creative events through the Town of Rochester Youth Commission & Community Center which included earth day cleanups and haunted houses. He is recalled for his “one of a kind/ out of the box” dummies and props. As a “picker” He was persistent, resourceful, and had an eye for turning trash into treasure. 

Mark retired as a Correction Officer from the NYS Eastern Correctional Facility, Napanoch, NY on September 27, 2012, after 25 years of State Service. He especially enjoyed his time working on the Colony Farm, and later as a Locksmith for many years. He invariably displayed respect for his elders, and routinely volunteered at the Ole’ Timers Steak Bake. 

Mark was a simple and eccentric man who went against the grain, and fostered many notable friendships. He effortlessly modeled kindness, acceptance, courage, curiosity and fun. 

Mark is survived by His Beloved Wife of 36+ years, Kris McConnell-Zimmerman, his son, Justin M. Zimmerman of Port Ewen, NY and his daughter, Alison G. Zimmerman of Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Other Survivors include His Sibling's: Richard P. Zimmerman and Marti, of VA, Eric Zimmerman, Sr. and Melbene, of NYC, Paul Zimmerman and RuthAnn, of Pine Bush, NY, Rachel Zimmerman-Miller and Daniel, of Hurley, NY, Shelley Friedman-Ryan and Darren, of Amsterdam, NY, Jay Friedman of Kingston, NY, Diane Michelotti of Woodstock, NY and Connie Yerkins of Napanoch, NY. Additional Family Survivor's include: Gail Christiana-McConnell of Kerhonkson, NY, Kim McConnell-Lawrence and Tom “T-Hall” of Accord, NY, Kevin P. McConnell and Marina Basil-McConnell of Rosendale, NY, and Several Aunts, Uncles, Cousin's, Niece's, Nephew's, a Great Niece (+ one on the way), Great-Nephew's and many Dear Friends.

Besides His Parent's, Mark was predeceased by Terry J. Lawrence and Phillip P. McConnell. 

A "Memorial Gathering & Celebration of Mark's Life" will be declared at a later date.

The best way to honor Mark’s legacy is to create time for others, cultivate connection, and simply pay it forward. 

Memorial Contributions may be made to the charity of your choice.

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A candle was lit in memory of Mark Zimmerman

Joe Bruno Jun 22 2022 11:57 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Mark Zimmerman

Cindy Arnott Apr 9 2022 8:52 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Mark Zimmerman

Frend & Suzanne Bush Apr 4 2022 7:24 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Mark Zimmerman

Bobby Apr 3 2022 8:44 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Mark Zimmerman

Cathi Roosa-Tokle Apr 3 2022 9:28 AM

My deepest condolences to Marks family. It was an honor to have known and worked with Mark. May You Rest In Peace Brother.

Johann Bukovinsky Apr 2 2022 3:14 PM

Sorry to her this about Mark, He was a good man, R.I.P. Brother.

Nick Galizia Mar 31 2022 8:29 PM

It was great working with you years ago. May you rest in peace. God bless you & your family.

Denise Bertolacci Mar 31 2022 7:20 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Mark Zimmerman

Denise Falzon Bertolacci Mar 31 2022 7:18 PM

Very sorry for your loss - Jared Conklin

Jared Conklin Mar 31 2022 12:00 PM

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