OBITUARY

Barbara Mae Zienta

October 31, 1939April 15, 2019
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Barbara M. Zienta, 79, of Fremont, died Monday, April 15, 2019 at Toledo Hospital. She was born October 31, 1939 in Fremont the daughter of Bartholomew and Nellie (Wright) Ruggiero. Barbara attended St. Joseph High, and graduated from Gibsonburg High School. She enjoyed attending class reunions for both schools.

On May 5, 1959 she married Gerald L. Zienta. He preceded her in death on November 29, 1992. Barbara was a very creative and talented artist. She shared her talents creating floral arrangements at Memorial Hospital and for friends and family weddings, her passion and talent for watercolor painting was one of her greatest gifts she shared with those in her life. Barbara donated many of her art pieces to help raise funds for causes and organizations close to her heart. In her youth Barbara was a competitive and professional figure roller skater and shared her passion later through instruction.

She was a member of the former St. Casimir Church and St. Ann Catholic Church. Barbara lived a very social life and enjoyed her time with her friends often in various monthly group/club gatherings. She also enjoyed traveling the world and spending time with family.

Surviving are her children: Suzette (Michael) Szymanski of Gordonville, TX; Scott (Shelli) Zienta of Fremont, IN; Steve Zienta (Amy Walker) of Fremont, OH; Sandie Downing of Galena, OH; grandchildren: Paige, Paul, Jaymie, Brittany, Jordin, Justin, Brandi, Arielle, Stone, Evan and Alex; 9 great-grandchildren; sister Jean Ruggiero Buckels and brother Bartholomew Ruggiero. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and brother Richard Ruggiero.

Visitation will take place on Saturday, April 20, 2019 from 2-5P.M. at Keller-Koch-Chudzinski Funeral Home, 416 S. Arch Street, Fremont, OH. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 10:00A.M. on Monday, April 22, 2019 at St. Ann Catholic Church, a brief prayer service will take place at 9:30A.M. at the funeral home followed by the procession to the church. Rev. Jeff Smith will officiate. Burial will follow at St. Ann Cemetery. Immediately after interment the family will host a luncheon at St. Ann Church, Bishop Hoffman Hall. Memorial contributions may be made to Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. Online condolences can be expressed at www.kkchud.com

  • DONATIONS

  • Memorial Hosptial Auxiliary

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, April 20, 2019
  • Mass of Resurrection Monday, April 22, 2019
  • Burial Monday, April 22, 2019

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Associated Buyers

April 23, 2019

With Deepest Sympathy to the Zienta Family. In your time of sorrow may it ease your pain to know that others are thinking of you. Associated Buyers Employees and Their Families. Edward, Sandra and Donald L. Schultz

Mary Ellen Leite

April 20, 2019

To Barb's Family,
What fun times we "girls" had at Flossie Swint's chalet in Gatlinburg! Barb will be missed not only by you but by all who knew her. Sorry we are unable to offer our sympathy in person but wanted you to know we are thinking of you and remembering her and you in our prayers.
Tom and Ellen Leite

Gail Lorentz

April 20, 2019

We are so sorry to hear of Barb's passing. Always a smile to greet all her many friends! Barb's artistic works were amazing as was Barb. May you RIP friend.

Gene and Gail Bowlus Lorentz.

Pat Martell

April 19, 2019

To the family.....So very sorry to hear of Barb's passing. We have many fond memories of the time we spent at the cottages on Douglas Lake with Barb, Uncle Benny, Aunt Nellie, and many other family members. Certainly enjoyed all the family pictures posted! We regret that we are unable to attend the services but are sending thoughts and prayers to all! She will be missed!

Cousins Pat (Ruggiero) Martell and Roger Ruggiero

Jean Schaub

April 17, 2019

I attended Heart of Ohio Painting Convention with Barb for many years. She was a great artist and fun to be with each year. She had a positive attitude about life, and was grateful for the love of family and friends. I will miss her this year in Columbus. May you, her family, be comforted in knowing that she is with her husband and her Lord and painting in heaven!

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