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Verna Margaret (Zimmerman) Bowman


Verna Margaret Bowman

March 31, 1932 — Oct. 23, 2021 (age 89)

POLAND — Verna Margaret (Zimmerman) Bowman, 89, passed away Saturday (Oct. 23) peacefully at home with family. 

Verna was born March 31, 1932 in Youngstown to Charles and Bertha (Miller) Zimmerman.

As a youth, she enjoyed many activities where she began a life long passion for horses, birds, poetry, reading and piano.

Verna attended Canfield High School where she kept active as a cheerleader, band member, student council and school paper editor. 

She graduated in 1950 as valedictorian of her class. 

After graduation, she worked as a bookkeeper at Farmers Bank in Canfield.

She married Roy J Bowman Nov. 27, 1950 in the midst of the big snowstorm. 

She chose her profession as a homemaker which she viewed as her calling in life. She loved the time and involvement with her family.

She pursued her interests in gardening and preserving the fruits of her labor. She enjoyed sewing, needlework, quilting, tailoring and knitting. 

During the years that Roy was on the Canfield Fair Board, Verna was active in the Women’s Building where she enjoyed fellow enthusiasts of these crafts from around the county.

She was a member of Mt. Olivet United Church of Christ where she taught Sunday School, served as president of the Women’s Guild, acted as the church librarian and served on various committees. Her faith and love of God was a huge presence in her life.

She volunteered to help students at the South Range reading lab. She served as precinct judge at the local poll for many years. 

Her passion for reading led her to the Searchlight Book Club in North Lima for many years. 

After Roy’s diagnosis of Parkinson's Disease, they became active in the Childress Parkinson Support Group where she served as secretary and president.

Verna was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Roy; brothers Charles Zimmerman and Albert Zimmerman; a son-in-law, Thomas Eisenbraun; and a daughter-in-law, Joanne Bowman.

She is survived by her children Diann (Peg Jones) Bowman, Linda Eisenbraun and John Bowman; grandchildren Marc (Lynne) Veynovich, Jim (Lisa) Knopp, Sarah (Alexis Thompson) Bowman, Phillip (Angela Lee) Bowman, Lisa (Robert) McGehee, Tom  (Stacey) Eisenbraun and Shauna (Barry) Yane; 12 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Saturday (Oct. 30) at noon at Mt. Olivet Church of Christ, 410 South Range Road, North Lima with Pastor Michael Smith officiating. Her family will receive friends from 10 a.m. to noon. Seederly-Mong & Beck Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Interment will take place Nov. 1 at 10 at Ellsworth Cemetery where Verna will be laid to rest beside Roy.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests material contributions in Verna’s name be made to Mt. Olivet Church of Christ or Hospice of the Valley, 5190 Market St., Boardman Ohio  44512.

Family and friends are invited to visit to sign the guestbook or send private condolences.

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