Dorothy Grace Zappone

March 12, 0000 ‒ July 25, 2006

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD: Dorothy Grace Zappone, formerly of West Straub, Mansfield, died Tuesday afternoon July 25, 2006 in Lexington Court Care Center.

Eternally age 72, Dorothy was born March 12 in Mansfield to Arthur and Pauline (Tubbs) Lotz, and remained a lifelong Mansfield area resident.

At an early age, she learned home keeping in the grand style by working in the home of a prestigious area doctor.

From 1965 to 1982 she worked with the former H.L. Reed Company in the yard goods department, where she helped customers not only with fabric purchase, but also with the “how-to” of sewing.

First and foremost, Dorothy was a devoted mother, always making sure her children’s needs came before her own. She sewed her daughters’ wardrobes until they married and also made both of their wedding dresses.

An extraordinary seamstress, later in life she began designing and hand sewing gowns and evening dresses for Barbie dolls. She would never sell these, opting rather to present them as gifts from her heart to family and friends.

Dorothy lived large ~ when she baked, it was on a grand scale and in a grand fashion. Her angel food cakes were from scratch, made with a wire whisk. Her pies were a specialty ~ lemon meringue and custard ~ and with the left over dough, she’d make her famous smiley-faced cookies.

She loved ballroom dancing, especially with her husband.

Dorothy had a generous spirit, and relished being surrounded by her family.

She is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law Sally and Terry Houston of Mansfield, and Brenda and Bob Brakenwagen of Waterville; nine grandchildren; seven great grandchildren and a great great granddaughter.

She was preceded in death by her husband John Zappone, and two sons John Zappone, Jr., and Randy Zappone.

The family will receive friends Friday, July 28, 2006 from 5-7 pm in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home, where the funeral service will follow at 7 pm. The Rev. Denise Marikis will officiate. Private interment will be in Mansfield Memorial Park.

Memorial contributions to MedCentral Hospice may be made at the funeral home.

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