Patricia "Patty" Himmelman

Patty Himmelman, 78, died April 27, 2009.
    
She was born Dec. 7, 1930, in southern Oregon to Scott and Frances Hamilton. The oldest of six children, she grew up on her parents’ pear orchard and farm in Central Point.
   
As a young woman she was a dental assistant and seasonal pear packer. She took great pride in being one of the fastest pear packers in the valley.

She and Ernie Himmelman were married on July 11, 1961. Mrs. Himmelman
became the first women supervisor in her department at 3M in White
City. Later she became a real estate broker for Bruce Bauer Realty.
When that office closed, she and her husband became owners of Fair City
Real Estate in Central Point, for which she was the broker. She was an
active member of the Central Point community, serving as president of
the Central Point Chamber of Commerce, assisting with parades and the
United Fund. She served on the Central Point Planning Commission and
the Citizen Advisory Committee of the LCDC. She was honored by being
named Citizen of the Year in 1984 and Boss of the Year in 1985.
   
When
not working, Mrs. Himmelman loved to go camping in the mountains and
walking on Oregon beaches. She enjoyed gardening and reading a good
book. Most of all in her own words, "She loved her family more than
tongue can tell."
   
For 13 years the Himmelmans lived out a dream of retirement living next to a creek in the big woods of Prospect.
   
In
addition to her husband of 48 years, Ernie; she is survived by sons,
Steve Himmelman (Carolyn) of Central Point., Dan Zuspann (Debbie) of
Wasilla, Alaska; daughters, Jan Hemingway (Andy), of Port Orchard,
Wash., Jeanne Munds (Bill), of Port Orchard, Wash., Debbie Kacenga
(Ken), of Sierra Vista, Ariz., Lorena Hergenrether (Richard) of Grants
Pass, Robin Sparks (Doug) of Prineville, 16 grandchildren, 11
great-grandchildren; brothers, Dick Hamilton and Sam Hamilton; sisters,
Rachel Ames, Lee Smith and Jo Miller. She was preceded in death by her
parents.
   
A family service is planned. Arrangements by Rogue Valley Funeral.
 

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