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(nee Bernot), age 92. Beloved wife of the late Walter E.; loving mother of Elizabeth and Bernadette Zavada and Teresa Kroll (William); grandmother of Karl (Krista), Katrina and Kristine and future great-grandmother of Beckett; sister of eight deceased brothers and sisters; aunt and adopted mom of many. Passed away at home surrounded by her family May 14, 2020. A private Funeral Mass will be held with interment at Holy Cross Cemetery. A Celebration of Life and Memorial Mass will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions to Holy Family Hospice, 6707 State Rd., Parma, OH 44134 or online at Arrangements by CHAMBERS FUNERAL HOME of CLEVELAND (216) 251-6566. For complete obituary and online condolences, please visit:

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Published in The Plain Dealer from May 15 to May 17, 2020.
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May 22, 2020
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief. I will miss having coffee or Mass with Mary or sharing a smile and the many kindnesses thats Mary showed to me and others. She was a doll getting items together to make someones day seems special. Mary, we love you
Bonnie MacCarthy
May 20, 2020
I was very sorry to hear of your Mother's passing. may the Lord comfort you and your family at this sad time.
I hope you are all healthy and staying safe
Madelyn Koranda
May 18, 2020
A lifetime of memories, dear friend. Rest peacefully, prayer for those of us who remain.
Uniatowski Family
Joan Uniatowski
May 18, 2020
A lifetime of memories, dear friend. Rest peacefully, pray for those of us who remain.
May 16, 2020
As a former student of Ascension,( in the early 90s) it was always an amazing day when we saw the Zavada special being put on our lunch trays! She was a tough cookie and never put up with our nonsense, but we all knew her, and loved her. Rip Mrs. Zavada
Colleen Cunningham (Adkins)
May 16, 2020
Betty, Bernadette & Teresa - I am so sorry for your loss. I have many fond memories of your Mother as our Girl Scout leader. She took us on many camping trips - great fun for a bunch of city kids. Throughout her life, Mrs Zavada was such a dedicated, hard working, involved member of Ascension /Blessed Trinity. She will be greatly missed by many. Love & Prayers
Teresa Cotner
May 15, 2020
I will miss all of Aunt Mary's stories, craft lessons and recipes. Love you and rest easy. I'm sure you are already listening to Polkas in heaven with your family.
Kerri Casterwiler
May 15, 2020
I knew Mary as a faithful volunteer for the parish while I was principal at Ascension School. There are so many good memories that students have shared with me. I am sure you will miss her. Know that you have my prayers. May you be blessed for the love you had for Mary!
Sr. Laura Bregar
May 15, 2020
Mary meant so very much to me. I felt as though I was one of her adopted daughters as so many did. She prayed for me though my cancer and I prayed for her everyday; even a rosary the morning she was going to heaven. I loved this woman because she showed me in her actions what it is like to be a good Catholic and Christian. Bernie and Betty will never have a moment to regret because of all the many things they did for her and with her. I will remember the Home and Flower show, the many teas and functions at St. Ambrose that we were able to spend time with her. They will ALWAYS be special to me. God Bless this whole family. (Her daughter Theresa also, I didn't get to see her much.
Pat Ciekanski
May 15, 2020
MOM Z. MY ANGEL ON EARTH!!! I have been so blessed that girls shared you with us.. I WILL MISS YOU SO..
May 15, 2020
Many a time this beautiful lady served me lunch at Ascension
May she rest in peace.
Lisa (Hanchosky) Karpen
May 15, 2020
Betty, Bernadette & Teresa,
So sorry to hear of the passing of your lovely mother. She has been such a blessing to my mom. May God watch over all of you.
Peggy Brennan Stockdale
May 15, 2020
OH! Such childhood memories of Mrs. Zavada. She was our Girl Scout Leader and "Lunch Lady" at Ascension. I remember her to be stern but kind. She kept the troop in line and organized. A sweet soul who lived a good life. Rest in peace Mrs. Zavada.
Pamela (Grupe) Williams
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