Komets Matriarch Flossie Zimmerman Dies At 86

By Eric Dutkiewicz - 21Alive

January 21, 2014 Updated Jan 22, 2014 at 3:51 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) - Flossie Zimmerman, an integral part of the Fort Wayne Komets beginning in the 1950s, died Tuesday.

Zimmerman was 86.

Zimmerman served as office manager and executive secretary for more than 30 years starting in 1958.

The franchise considered her matriarch of the Fort Wayne hockey. Her husband of 64 years, Richard, and their children played a big part in the office side of the team for more than 5 decades. Richard died in 2010.

"Flossie Zimmerman was part of the backbone of the Fort Wayne Komets," Komet president Michael Frankie said in a statement. "Her dedication to the Komets, Fort Wayne Youth Hockey and McMillen Park/Glenbrook Square figure skating is unsurpassed."

Flossie & Richard Zimmerman were inducted into the Komets Hall of Fame in 2004.

She is survived by her sons Robert, Richard and John; daughter, Jacqueline; 11 grandchildren, 3 step-grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Services are pending.

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