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Komets ‘ambassador’ Flossie Zimmerman dies at age 86

Flossie Zimmerman

Flossie Zimmerman, who was inducted into the Komets Hall of Fame in 2004 for her work in the team’s offices, died today at the age of 86.

She was the ticket and office manager, and executive secretary, her 30 years of work with the team beginning in 1958.

“Flossie Zimmerman was part of the backbone of the Fort Wayne Komets,” team president Michael Frankie said. “Her dedication to the Komets, Fort Wayne Youth Hockey and McMillen Park/Glenbrook Square figure skating is unsurpassed and her contributions will never be forgotten.”

Zimmerman’s husband, Dick, who was a statistician, goal judge and public-address announcer, was also inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2004. He died in 2010.

“I’ve know Flossie since I was a little kid and an up-and-coming Komet fan when she was the Komets’ ticket manager,” general manager David Franke said. “The Zimmerman family are great ambassadors for the Komets and all of youth hockey in Fort Wayne.”

Flossie Zimmerman is survived by sons Robert Zimmerman, Richard Zimmerman and John Zimmerman, daughter Jacqueline Zimmerman, 11 grandchildren, three step-grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements aren’t yet available.

Justin A. Cohn, pro sports coordinator for The Journal Gazette, has been covering the Fort Wayne Komets since 1997. His reporting includes game stories from home and away, features about the players and personalities associated with the Komets, plus coverage of issues affecting hockey at all levels. A native of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., Cohn graduated from Emory University in Atlanta. He can be reached at 260-461-8429 or by email at jcohn@jg.net.

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