Dawn Marie Shannon, 52, of Hermitage, passed away peacefully with her family by her side on Friday (Feb. 2, 2018) at UPMC Shadyside in Pittsburgh following a long battle with cancer.
Dawn was born on April 8, 1965, to Ronald E. and Saundra (Andrews) Zaborowski in Sharon.
She graduated with honors from Farrell High School and earned her associate's degree from Youngstown State University. She was the middle of three sisters who cheered for Farrell High School sports from 1976 through 1989.
On Aug. 15, 2014 she married her husband Chris Shannon in the wedding pavilion at the Grand Floridian in Disney World, Dawn's favorite place in the world. He survives at home.
Dawn worked as a food service inside sales representative for Joy Cone Inc. for 18 years. Previously she worked at Eastern Petroleum in Girard, Ohio.
She was a member of Victory Christian Center in Coitsville, Ohio. Her faith in God helped her get through the last six years, especially when her prognosis in February of 2012 was only two years. Her favorite saying was "Thank You Jesus." She would pray and read her Bible daily.
Dawn is survived by: her loving husband, Chris; daughter, Kayleigh Collier and her significant other Jake Stefanick and his daughter Arya Jane "Poppy" of Hermitage; a son, Kade Collier at home; her parents; two sisters, Lori O'Millian and her friend Dave Lenhart, and Rhonda Majocha and husband Mark; two nephews, Camden and Cole Majocha of Moresville, N.C. Also surviving are her only aunt and uncle, Kathy and Gary Andrews of Lebanon, Pa., their daughter, Alicia Thomas her husband Chad, and their son, Paxton.
Dawn and Chris loved Disney World and traveled there two to three times a year with their cohorts in crime, her godson Cam and her "little round-headed boy" Cole. They always wanted to know if Aunt Dawn and Uncle Cookie were coming too.
All we know, is that when Dawn hits those Pearly Gates, there better be a Disney World on the other side. You sit on that bench Dawn, and we'll all eventually be there. Wait for us.
The family would like to thank all her family, friends, her church family, her Joy Cone family, and all the prayer groups that had her in their thoughts. Thank you to the doctors and medical staff on the second floor of the Hillman Cancer Center and Shadyside Hospital, especially the SICU where the doctors and staff could not have been any more caring and comforting. It helped the family get through a very difficult time.
In the words of our little Poppy, "Sh-h-h, Dawn is sleeping. I love you!" We will forever love you, Dawn. To the moon and back.
Memorial contributions may be sent to St. Jude Children's Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or the Hillman Cancer Center, 5115 Center Ave. ,Pittsburgh, PA 15232.
Dawn (Zaborowski) Collier Shannon, 52, of Hermitage.
Service: Private. Online condolences may be expressed at www.shermanfuneralhome.com
Burial: Holy Cross Cemetery.
Arrangements by SHERMAN FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICE, 2201 Highland Road, Hermitage.
Published on February 5, 2018