Ina Claire Zinn

April 6, 1931 - March 11, 2017


“When I go, I want it to be quick,” Ina was often heard saying as she snapped her fingers and continued, “Just like that.” Ina Claire Zinn of Hollidaysburg got her wish on March 11, 2017.

She was born on a farm in Alexandria to Wilson R. and Edna (Wright) Schirm. They gave her the gifts of gardening, baking and selflessly caring for others while her brothers, Robert and William, taught her how to be tough. She was the last surviving member of her family.

Ina met her true love, Frederick L. Zinn, while working at Altoona Trust. They married in 1955 and had a son, Gregg A. Zinn. Fred preceded her death in 1989 after a prolonged illness. Gregg married Karen, an Italian girl from New Jersey with a large family. Before Fred died, they attended a “small family party” (50+ people) during which Fred kept asking, “Do you know all of these people?”

She retired from Mid-State bank in 1997.

Ina took care of everyone. She was a loving daughter, wife, mother, sister, friend and grandmother. While she only gave birth to Gregg, she had two other “daughters,” Amy and Ginny, and she loved them like her own.

Surviving are her children; two grandchildren: Ben and Grace (the loves of her life); her sister-in-law, Katherine E. Zinn of Altoona; two nieces: Holly Vandress and Carol A. Bennet; and a nephew, Douglas R. Schirm. She had many friends (you know who you are) and we thank you for loving her like family.

She taught us many things: You don’t need much if you take care of what you have, eat ice cream every night, fold your laundry flat enough to slip under a door, keep your snacks in the oven (keeps them fresh) and if you forget your password, blame it on your son.

If Ina had her way, she would’ve slipped out of this world quietly with no fanfare. “I don’t want a viewing; just cremate me and bury me in the yard,” she would often say. Her family will (mostly) honor her wishes by not having a public viewing, but her ashes will be placed beside her husband, Fred, at Alto-Reste Cemetery. A private service to celebrate her life will be held in the spring.

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