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Dorothea M. Zink of Devon Dorothea M. Zink "Dottie", born Dorothea Elsa Mueller, of Devon, passed away on Monday, Dec. 17, 2012, at the age of 95. Dorothea was a devoted wife of over 50 years and mother of two children. She was born on Feb. 3, 1917 in Brooklyn, N.Y., her mother a homemaker and her father a medical doctor, and was a long-time resident of Wayne. Trained as a singer, pianist and Broadway stage actress specializing in theatrical arts, she married Frederick W. Zink (deceased) in 1948. In addition to caring for her family, she enjoyed people, gardening, brain-game challenges, walking, travelling, writing poetry, scripting plays, reading, and had a particular compassion and love for animals. In 2001, at the age of 84, she won the national Poetry.com contest receiving recognition at their annual convention held in Washington, D.C. In April of the same year, she had a book published of her poetry, much of which was written during her youth. Some of her poetry was later put to music composed by free-lance artists and was released in 2002 on CD by Hilltop Records, Inc. for which she further received royalties. She was an avid reader with a particular interest in the study of religion and lived her life according to her deeply held faith and personal belief system. She cherished her relationships with her many friends over the years and was tirelessly devoted to family. Throughout her life, she was a relentless contributor to countless charitable organization, including the support of a number of children in ununderdeveloped countries, and was a long-standing member of the Wayne Presbyterian Church. As a graduate of Adelphi Academy in Brooklyn, N.Y., Dorothea later continued her education at Eastern University earning bachelors degree in religion and graduated with the class of 1980 at the age of 63. Her devotion in life was to people first and foremost with a passion to serve others in whatever capacity she could. She is survived by her daughter, Rosalyn L. Pollack; grandchildren Keiko C. Hayakawa and Miyako E. Hayakawa; sons-in-law David M. Pollack and Kazuya F. Hayakawa; brother-in-law, Dolph W. Zink; sister-in-law, Pamela Zink; brother, Carl E. Mueller; nieces, Lauren Maynard and Ellen Zink; nephews, Brad Zink, Kurt Zink, and Andrew Mueller; and step-son, Allan W. Zink. The memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 21, at the Wayne Presbyterian Church, 125 E. Lancaster Ave., Wayne. Friends are invited to attend. An interment service will immediately follow at the Valley Forge Memorial Gardens in King of Prussia for those who would care to attend. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in her memory to the ASPCA (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals).

Published in The Daily Local on Dec. 19, 2012
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