Louise B. Zannieri died quietly early Friday morning, July 30, 2010, in Carriage House, Norwalk.
She was born June 16, 1916, in Medina, N.Y., daughter of Herman F. Brumm and Mary Ellen McElwee. She was educated at St. Mark's School, in Buffalo, N. Y., and graduated from Bennett High School in that city on June 27, 1934. She graduated from the College of St. Rose in Albany, N.Y., with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology in 1938. She taught English at Hornell High School from 1939-46. While she taught at Hornell High School she met a fellow teacher, Angelo J. Zannieri. After several years of separation due to his military service, Louise and Angelo married in January 1946.
She had five children, Joseph A. Zannieri born in 1947, Maria E. Zannieri born in 1948, James F. Zannieri born in 1949 and deceased in 1949, Christina L. Zannieri born in 1953 and Paula A. (Nina) Zannieri born 1955. While her children attended school, she served as a substitute teacher. She was also active in the Alumni Association of the College of St. Rose, and in her parish churches.
After several years in New York and New Jersey, the family moved to Norwalk in 1966. After her husband's retirement, Louise pursued a graduate degree from Ashland College, (now Ashland University), graduating with master's degree in Education in 1984. She created a teaching plan for adult literacy which made use of mystery stories, with a particular emphasis on the work of Agatha Christie. Louise served for a number of years as a volunteer adult literacy tutor in Norwalk.
During their retirement years, Louise and her husband were active in their neighborhood, sponsoring an annual summer block party. She served as an honorary grandmother for numerous neighborhood children and the children of friends. Louise was noted for her positive outlook, her resilience, her intelligence and her kindness. Her generosity took many forms -- hand-knitted afghans, home-cooked meals, hand-written birthday stories, and an open door.
She is survived by her four children, and by numerous honorary grandchildren and great grandchildren, including, Samantha, Erin and Courtney Scherz, Amy Bond and Elizabeth Schurman, Hannah and Rachel Bond and Jacob, Alec, and Nicholas Schurman.
Friends may call from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Walker Funeral Home, 98 W. Main St., Norwalk. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Paul Catholic Church, 91 E. Main St., Norwalk. The Rev. Frank Kehres will officiate. Interment will be in St. Paul Cemetery, Norwalk.
Condolences may be shared at edwalkerfuneralhome.com.