From The Times Leader, Monday, 3 September 1979:
Carmela Schmid Zimmerman, 54, private secretary to the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Maritime Affairs, died Friday in Washington Adventist Hospital in Takoma Park. She lived in Madison Place in Hyattsville, MD.
A native of Wilkes-Barre, she went to Washington in 1944 and began work as a secretary with the then U.S. Maritime Commission. She was a member of the U.S. Delegation to the Soviet Union in May 1973 during negotiations to implement the U.S. Soviet Maritime Agreement of October 1972 and again in November 1975 when the two countries reached agreement on a new accord in commercial maritime relations. She was cited for outstanding service on both occasions by the Secretary of Commerce.
She also received numerous performance awards including the Bronze Medal in 1968, the highest award of the Maritime Administration.
Surviving are a daughter, Nita M. Dressel, Gambrills, MD; a son, David, Hyattsville; mother, Anita Schmid; sister, Antoinette Wilcox and brothers, Ernest and Gerard Schmid, all of Wilkes-Barre; one grandson.
The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the American Cancer Society.