Janet Barbara (Hinschberger) Zimmerman

October 15, 1956 ~ August 20, 2021 (age 64)

Death notice

Passed away at Hospice Huronia Tomkins House in Penetanguishene, Ontario, on August 20th, with her family by her side. Born in Kitchener on October 15, 1956.  Daughter of Gerald and Irene (Prince) Hinschberger. Beloved wife to Ron, loving mother of Tara & Cam (Cooper). Her life more joyful because of her three grandchildren, Hannah, Jack, and Katelyn. Dear sister of Theresa & Larry Scheel, Patricia Hinschberger. Adored sister-in-law to, Ruth (Bob) Turner, Walter Zimmerman, Hilda & Neil Treslove, Lillian & Jack St. Marie, Linda Randall, Gary & Wendy Zimmerman. Predeceased by her parents Gerald and Irene, her father-in-law John Zimmerman, her mother-in-law O’Tillie Zimmerman, her brother Bruce Hinschberger, her sister Mary Hinschberger, her brother-in-law Steven Price, her brother-in-law Don Turner, her sister-in-law Brenda Zimmerman, her brother-in-law Ricky Randall, and her nephew, Barry Gale. Appreciated aunt of Mike & Heidi Scheel and Heather & Rob Brozek. Cheryl Turner, Karen Gale, Kim Turner, Mike & Wendy Dennis, Crista & Rod Duggan, Heather & Tom Wiser, Ginny and Dave Coomer, Shari & John Nicklas, Janet & Larry St. Marie/Morrison, Laura & Scott Albert, Mandy Zimmerman.   

Janet also had many lifelong friends and relatives who were always like friends. Special thanks to these beautiful people whom she cherished so much, and who always tried to stay in touch, Edith Verbruggen and Edith’s beautiful daughters that were like daughters to Janet; Lisa (Hafermehl), Johanna (Noble) and Jerri (Kent). Kim Sandford, Lisa & Randy Delong, Jim Strauss, Myrna Eby, Connie Wittig, Marion MacBride and Jane Finlayson. Her coworkers (Chartwells, at Georgian College Barrie and Midland Campuses) also became important friends, Barb, Cindy, Karin, Vance, thank you for your kindness and support that you gave to my mom over the years that she was able to work with you. Janet was loved and appreciated by so many people.  

Having lived in so many communities (Kitchener, Singhampton, New Hamburg, Barrie, Tiny), she certainly touched a lot of lives. She had a way of making people whom she first met, feel like they had known her for years. She was often helping someone with her kindness and her heartfelt words. She welcomed people without judgement, she was responsible for making sure she kept in touch and brought people together for gatherings and celebrations.  

Janet may have had many challenging moments in her life, but she never let them define her. She was “the hostess with the most-est”.  She was known for her homemade pizzas, her hot pickles, French onion soup, her baking and cooking that seemed to be so easy for her even when she tried new things. Any dream she ever talked about always involved food and getting people together. She loved gardening, (some) travel, dancing and bringing the party wherever she went, but most of all she loved living a simple life by the lake with her beloved husband, Ron and she loved spending time with her grandchildren and her daughter.  

She will be missed by so many of us who had the opportunity to know her. Her short time with us will never be forgotten. May her memory live on with every slice of pizza that you eat (even though we know it will not be quite as good as hers), with the sound of any 50s and 60s classic song, with any penny you may randomly find (yes, she told us that she planned to bring the penny back), with the sun shining down to touch your face. We also believe the sight of a hummingbird may just be her way of saying hello.  

We wish to thank the incredible staff and volunteers at Hospice Huronia for taking such incredible care of my mom in her final days (Karen, Cathy, Cori, Sue and so many others). They also helped Dad, Cam and I feel comfortable and supported during this very difficult time.  

Cremation has taken place. Friends and family planning an expression of remembrance are encouraged to consider donating in Janet’s name to Hospice Huronia Tomkins House in Penetanguishene, ON. 

A celebration of Janet’s life will be at Tara and Cam’s home (backyard) for family and friends on September 18th from 2-6. Rain date will be September 19th. Please contact Tara if you require the address or details. 

Thank you for your love, kindness and support. 

"Grief is like the ocean, it comes in waves, ebbing and flowing. Sometimes the water is calm, and sometimes it is overwhelming. All we can do is learn to swim". 

~Vicki Harrison 

"The irony of grief is that the person that you need to talk to about how you feel is often the person who is no longer here." 

 ~ unknown 


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