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Carolyn (Zimmeth) Vitak

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Vitak Carolyn (Zimmeth) Vitak, 68, of Dublin, Ohio, died peacefully on Tuesday, May 9, 2017, with her family at her side. She is survived by her husband of nearly 45 years, James; daughters, Karen (Ken) McIntyre and Jacqueline (David) Anderson; cherished grandchildren, William and Elizabeth Anderson and Colin McIntyre; siblings Mary Zimmeth, Margaret (Roger) Robinson, and John (Khristi) Zimmeth; sister-in-law, Leslie Frailing; nieces and nephews; cousins; and many treasured friends. She was predeceased by her parents Barbara and John Zimmeth and in-laws Edward and Myrle Vitak. Carolyn was born in Detroit, Michigan. She graduated from The University of Detroit Mercy, where she met Jim, and began her education career in Detroit, then moving to Maumee, Ohio. Always thinking of others, her devotion to her family was matched by her commitment to the many students she taught, finishing with more than 28 years at Bexley High School. Carolyn welcomed friends into her life with a generous, supportive and accepting heart. She made her friends her chosen family, including teaching colleagues, neighbors, and members of her book club, support group and water aerobics class. Carolyn was a sports enthusiast, even if not always positive about her team's chances, and she cheered on the Ohio State Buckeyes and Columbus Blue Jackets. She traveled with her husband to watch his beloved Baltimore Orioles, a team she adopted even after growing up a Tigers fan. She enjoyed travel, the theatre and a good laugh. Visitation will be held on SATURDAY, MAY 13, 2017 from 2-5 p.m. at the TIDD FAMILY FUNERAL HOME, 5265 Norwich Street, Hilliard, Ohio 43026, (614)-876-1722. Additional visitation will also be held on MONDAY, MAY 15, 2017 beginning at 10 a.m. at ST. BRIGID OF KILDARE CHURCH, 7179 Avery Road, Dublin, Ohio 43017, with Mass of Christian Burial celebrated at 11 a.m. with The Reverend Matthew Morris, Celebrant. Afterward, guests are invited to a luncheon at Msgr. Joseph M. Hendricks Hall. Burial will be private at Resurrection Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in Carolyn's name and sent to: The James Cancer Hospital, Cancer Survivorship Center Fund (#312372), 660 Ackerman Road, 6th Floor, P.O. Box 183112, Columbus, Ohio 43218-3112, or the Bexley Education Foundation, 348 S. Cassingham Road, Bexley, Ohio 43209. Please visit www.tiddfuneralservice.com to send condolences to the Vitak Family.


Published in The Columbus Dispatch from May 11 to May 12, 2017
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