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Zella Rose Bronakowski

March 18, 1963July 8, 2018
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Zella Rose Bronakowski was born on March 18, 1963 and passed away on July 8, 2018.


  • Visitation Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Zella Rose Bronakowski

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conni borwick

August 3, 2018

you so exemplified the sport of obedience. Always kind and thoughtful, competitive but never angry or mad at your dog. The dog obedience world has truly lost one of the great sportswoman ever.

Sue Petrin

July 17, 2018

Remembering a wonderful puppy party with you guys. I cherish the memories of this fun day and several other adventures with you and Zella. Thinking of you and wishing you peace and comfort dear friend. Best always. Love, tears, and big hugs, Sue, Keith, Teddy, Tess, Smudge, and Anna.

Dennis Banahan

July 16, 2018

Dear Zella,

I have been sitting here for days, just staring at a blank page, hoping to compose the most beautiful words to say goodbye to my most beautiful cousin, but there are none. I can’t do it. I can’t find beautiful words when my heart is this broken. For months, almost on a daily basis, I begged you to stay strong, and keep fighting. And, keep fighting you did, until every last ounce of your strength was gone. I love you, Zella, and I’ll miss you forever

Dorothy Thompson

July 14, 2018

I was so honored to have you as my friend and I treasure the times we shared.

Carol Harrison

July 12, 2018

What a wonderful lady you were. I always will remember sitting and talking with you and watching you go into the ring with Baron and commanding the attention of those who were competing with you. You never had a mean thing to say about anyone and that is something your fellow competitors appreciated.

I remember the times when Gidget would come back to reality and do something good in the ring and you would come over to let me know how well you thought we did.

RIP dear Zella and one day we will meet again and perhaps there will be dog shows in heaven that we can enjoy together.


July 11, 2018

So saddened by Zella's passing. My heartfelt sympathy to you, Mark.
She was such a great sport and such a credit to her sport!
She never wished that some dog would fail so that she could win unlike so many others. She was always so gracious and glad when others succeeded . Zella was a fierce competitor but most of all her love of her dog and the great bond she created gave her her deserved successes.
Trials just won't be the same.

Victory Hulett

July 11, 2018

A good friend is someone you can trust totally with your deepest and darkest secrets, knowing full well that they would not share it with anyone else. A good friend will not break your trust and gossip behind your back. . .

A good friend is absolutely loyal to you through thick and thin. A good friend doesn't betray you when the going gets tough, backstabbing would never be found in your heart. . .

A good friend is someone who is not a "YES person." They will not be afraid to criticize you or point out your flaws. A good friend will not think about pleasing you at all times by saying YES, when in fact the situation warrants that they say things which may be unpleasant, but true.

A good friend accepts you for what you are, no matter what the world thinks of you.

These are words Zella clothed herself in. You are missed.

Judy guaraldo

July 10, 2018

I will miss emailing you. Your positive attitude was amazing. I thank you for taking care of Angel. I know she will miss you. Heaven got a beautiful addition when you arrived, May you have peace and happiness in heaven.

Sally Sherman

July 10, 2018

Zella, I didn’t know you for long, having moved to Florida the end of 2015. I quickly learned what a tough competitor you were, and a nice, sweet person as well. I remember the trial (I believe October of 2016 in Orlando?) when you weren’t feeling well and were going for some tests later that day. And you showed the same day of the testing! Yes, that was about the time they discovered that dreaded cancer. You were such a trooper. I’ve thought about you a lot, and respected your wishes for your privacy. RIP sweet girl.

Ward Falkner

July 10, 2018

Dear Zella,
I vividly recall my initial meeting of you and Mark at the 2012 NOC and was immediately struck by the interest you both showed in the sport of obedience. Some time later, it was my privilege to have you attend a seminar that I presented in Orlando. It was there that I got to know you better and admired your desire to learn the nuances of our sport - not only the "how" but the "why". You took copious notes and pumped me with questions. Initially, you seemed a quiet, reserved, considerate and caring individual. The type of person that makes a decided impression and makes participation in the sport of obedience all worthwhile. As the years passed and my contact with you continued - through e-mails and telephone calls always relating to the resolution of some type of obedience problem - I discovered a courageous woman with unbelievable stamina to fight the illness that confronted her. Zella, you exemplified the best of those involved in our sport, the reason for being, sharing and participating. It was a privilege and an honour to have known you and to call you a friend.
Joyce and I wish to extend our deepest sympathy to Mark and other members of the family.