Chloe was born Chloe Louise Zimmerman on September 30, 1925 in Youngstown, Ohio. Her parents were Harold Zimmerman and Bessie Holderman. She was the youngest of three children, following her brothers Richard and Norman. (See Photo #1).
Photo #1. Chloe, Richard, and Norman posing in 1930.
Chloe grew up on a working farm on the outskirts of Youngstown, Ohio. Growing up, her pride and joy was her pony Brownie. Chloe graduated from Liberty Township High School in 1943. (See Photo #2). She was awarded a varsity letter for cheerleading and was active in student council and archery.
Photo #2. Chloe's high school graduation photo in 1943.
Chloe attended Ohio Wesleyan University as a freshman in 1944 where she met Richard Adam Maryanski, a naval officer in training. While Richard was serving his country in the Pacific during WWII, Chloe transferred to The Art Institute of Chicago to continue her education. Chloe and Richard were married in Youngstown, Ohio on November 23, 1946. (See Photo #3).
Photo #3. Chloe on her wedding day, November 23, 1946.
Chloe and Richard moved to Chicago, IL where they raised two sons, Richard Alan and James. (See Photos #4 and #5). In addition to raising a family, Chloe was active in the PTA. Many family weekends were spent fishing and sightseeing in Wisconsin. As the boys grew older, Chloe enjoyed traveling throughout the country with Richard on antique picture frame buying trips. Chloe also became active in the 21st Star Chapter of The Daughters of The American Revolution (DAR). She eventually demonstrated ancestorship to five men who actively fought in the American Revolutionary War. Chloe and Richard parted ways in 1985.
Photo #4. James, Chloe, Richard Alan and Richard on vacation in 1957.
Photo #5. Chloe, Richard, James and Richard Alan at Richard Alan's high school graduation in 1966.
As the years passed, Chloe enjoyed gardening and antique hunting. She especially looked forward to babysitting and spending time with her two granddaughters, Laura and Kelly. (See Photo #6). Chloe was proud of her membership and continued involvement in the 21st Chapter of the DAR. On March 10, 1999, Chloe was awarded a "Certificate For 25 Years of Dedicated Service" to the DAR.
Photo #6. Chloe celebrating her 71st birthday with her granddaughters Kelly (left) and Laura (right) in 1996.
Chloe's later years were busy with family functions, DAR meetings and activities, Edison Park Senior's Club card playing and gardening. Chloe celebrated her 79th birthday with family and friends at a surprise birthday party held at Morton's Steakhouse in Rosemont, IL in the fall of 2004. (See Photo #7).
Photo #7. Chloe, (far right), and longtime friends celebrate her 79th birthday at Morton's Steakhouse in Rosemont, IL. in 2004.
In the fall of 2005, Chloe and her son James traveled throughout Ohio and Pennslyvania revisiting the various relative's homes of her childhood memories including "Tara", a country inn on the Shenango river in Clark, PA., and the "Jonas Pierce Mansion" of Sharpsville, PA.
Chloe was especially proud of her two granddaughters, Laura and Kelly as they attended Denison University in Grandville, OH.
Chloe still loved boat cruises and visiting former vacation spots like Green Lake and Lake Geneva in Wisconsin.
Chloe passed away after an extended illness on October 13, 2008 at the age of 83. She is survived by her sons Richard Alan and James, and her granddaughters Laura and Kelly.
"Her patience, her inner strength, and her devotion to family will be remembered and missed." Chloe's son, James.
"She was always so happy to see us; so caring, calm and smiling. I think of her as 'my happy grandma.' I also enjoyed listening to her stories about her childhood and our relatives, which she was eager to share with us." Chloe's granddaughter, Laura.
"She always had a story to tell about growing up, or a cool fact about our family's history (like our lineage with the Pierces and in depth knowledge of the family tree) which I always found fascinating. I don't think I ever saw her in a bad mood (except when having her photo taken unbeknownst) and she was always ready to entertain or play a game with us. We all miss her"