Marilyn M. Harper, 88

Posted on November 2, 2013

Marilyn M. (Zimmer) Harper, 88, of Centerville,  Ohio, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013, at Bethany Lutheran Village.
Marilyn was born in Dayton Dec. 7, 1924, to Eugene and Marie (Brendel) Zimmer. She married Paul Harper Nov. 4, 1950, in Dayton. Marilyn graduated from Julienne High School in 1942, then attended the University of Dayton. She and her husband owned and operated CTM, Central Tool and Mfg., retiring in 1992. Marilyn was a member of Incarnation Church and served on various committees. She enjoyed bowling, bridge, and spending time with her family.
She is survived by her husband and four daughters, Paula (John) Noble of Springboro, Ohio, Lyn Owens of Springboro, Ohio, Kathy Christman of Bluffton, and Lorrie (Greg) Andrulis of Manassas, Virg.; 13 grandchildren, Melissa (Mark) Conrad, John Noble, Joel Noble, Allison Noble,  Emily (Mike) Vonderau, Saralyn Moore, John (Meredyth) Moore, Brian (Mallory) Christman, Danny Christman, Jeremy Christman, Jason Christman, Austin and Maggie Andrulis; five great-grandchildren, Sam, Abby and Max Vonderau, Jeremy Moore and Mackenzie Christman; and two brothers, Ret. Col Charles (Nina) Zimmer and Dr. James Zimmer.
Marilyn was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Joni Marie Christman; son-in-law, Lew Thomson; and  five brothers, Elwood, Paul, Gene, Robert, and Arthur Zimmer.
Family will greet friends from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 3, at Routsong Funeral Home, 2100 E. Stroop Rd. Kettering, Ohio. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 4, at Church of the Incarnation, 7415 Far Hills Ave. Centerville, Ohio. Burial at Calvary Cemetery.
Donations may be made to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 70 Birch Alley Beavercreek, OH 45440. Online condolences at:

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