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Dorothy Rose (Shannon) Zwiefka, 104, passed away February 25th, 2018 at the Phoebe Wyncote Nursing Home in Wyncote, PA. Born in Medina, NY, she was the daughter of the late Leo William and Josephine Anna (Hoffman) Shannon.
She graduated from Medina High School in 1932. Mrs. Zwiefka was employed by St. Mary's School as a teacher for many years and later became a substitute teacher in the Medina Central School District.
She was a lifelong member of St. Mary's RC Church, St. Mary's Mother's Club, the Home Bureau Club and the Friday Night Ladies Group at the Apple Grove Inn. She enjoyed knitting, collecting clowns, playing cards, dancing the polka and eating ice cream! She was famous for her date cookies. Mrs. Zwiefka was a resident of Medina for 86 years before she moved to Pennsylvania to live with her granddaughter and family until her death.
Survivors include her daughter, Kathleen (late Paul) Rucinski of Jenkintown, PA; grandchildren, Michael (Sunny) Rucinski of Seattle, WA, Sara (Mark) Challingsworth, formerly of PA currently of Bad Vilbel, Germany, and Molly (David) Gable of San Diego, CA; great-grandchildren, Ian, Brittany, Isaac and Daphne Challingsworth; nieces and nephews, Robert (Sharon) Sposito of Lockport, Christ (Mary) Sposito of Newfane, Brenda (Doug) Dunn of Medina, and Leo Robert (Roberta) Shannon of Middleport. She was predeceased by her husband, Francis Victor Zwiefka in October 1980; two sisters, Margaret Shannon and Ruth Shannon Sposito; two brothers, Leo Robert Shannon and Gordon Shannon; and a niece, Patricia Sposito.
Friends may call on Wednesday, March 21, 2018, 6-8 PM, at the Cooper Funeral Home, 215 W. Center St., Medina, NY. The Rev. Daniel J. Fawls will celebrate her Mass of Christian Burial on Thursday, March 22, 2018, at 11 AM at Holy Trinity Parish/St. Mary's Church, 211 Eagle St., Medina, NY. Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Medina.
Published on March 13, 2018
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