Mary J. Zeno|
Mary J. Zeno was summoned by the Lord August 7, 2014 to come home where family and friends have been waiting.
Born to Laura Fiorella Zeno and Lawrence Zeno in Akron, Ohio where she lived out her life, she viewed birth as a beginning, death as a destination, and life as a wonderful journey.
Preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Sam, Russ (Anne), and Michael (Vera); she is survived by nephews, Lawrence (Carol) Zeno of St. Charles, Ill., Gianni Zeno (Randy Blom) of Desert Palm Springs, Calif., Dr. Michael (Mary Lynne) Zeno of Winnsboro, S.C., David Zeno of Fairlawn, Ohio; great-niece, Julie (Reagan) Rybarczyk of Naperville, Ill.; great-nephews, Lawrence R. (Jennifer) Zeno of Hinsdale, Ill., Michael Zeno (Michael Cavenaugh) of Chicago, Ill., Ryan and Eric Zeno, both of Copley, Ohio; great-great-nieces, Francesca Zeno of Hinsdale, Ill., Natalie, Isabella Rose, and Ava Gianna Rybarczyk, all from Naperville, Ill.; as well as the dearest of friends, Annette and Chuck Brady of Fairlawn who brought me the sacrament of Communion and often visited me, and also dear friend, Kathy Leo.
I would also like to thank the staff at St. Edwards and Summa Hospice for their patience and kind care.
Of these survivors, she said she couldn't have asked for a better family. They were faithful, loving, and attentive. I will always be grateful for their love, support, and help. I thank God for each of them.
She had always loved her life as a Catholic. My beginning as a Christian was at St. Mary's Catholic Church, where I was Baptized and where I received all of the sacraments necessary to be a Catholic. Her elementary schooling was at St. Sebastian's and which church I am still a member. My high school education was at St. Vincent's, and I graduated from Notre Dame College with a B.S. degree in education. Upon graduation I decided teaching wasn't for me. I started my business career as an assistant buyer of women's wear at Polsky's department store in Akron, Ohio. This was the beginning of my 37 years in retail. After 12 years I left Polsky's to open my own women's wear shop. Though it was small in size, life was great for it all provided me with the opportunity to travel. I loved visiting Italy many times, as well as Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, Egypt, Greece (and much of the surrounding area), and Israel (the Holy Land). I also traveled a great deal in the USA (the best place in the world).
I was a 15 year volunteer of both Children's Hospital and the Ronald McDonald House. In my retirement I joined many senior citizens groups which was a joy for all the good friends that I made and the trips available with these groups.
I have been a Catholic all my life, and loved the Lord. God was the focal point in my life, and life was wonderful. With a strong faith I hope to be welcomed, in whatever way, God has for me.
The funeral mass will be 11 a.m. on Saturday, August 9, 2014 at St. Sebastian's Church. Interment will be at Holy Cross Cemetery. There will be no calling hours. May God continue to bless my Family and all of many friends.
Published in Akron Beacon Journal on Aug. 8, 2014