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Mrs. Zoccola was born Nov. 15, 1923, in Sharon, a daughter of the late Fred and Rose (Merola) Conti. She attended Sharon schools.
A homemaker for many years, Rachel worked at the Boston Store, Sharon, and later as a janitress at the Sharon School District for 14 years, retiring in 1980.
A devout Catholic, Rachel was a longtime member of Church of the Sacred Heart, Sharon, and faithfully said her daily prayers and prayed the rosary.
She was a member of the Public School Employee Retirement Group.
Rachel enjoyed playing cards, completing crossword puzzles and watching her daily soap operas. An exceptional cook, she also loved to bake, especially
her famous Christmas cookies for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Her husband, Frank J. Zoccola, whom she married April 6, 1939, passed away Nov. 4, 1985.
Fond memories of Rachel will be cherished by four grandchildren, Matthew (John) Zoccola, Alison (Brant) Harper, Lori (Hamilton) Jones and Suzanne (Matthew) Mudrey; six great-grandchildren, Cameron, Courtney and Mackey Jones, Collin and Reese Harper and Christian Mudrey; a son-in-law, Jerry (Marilyn) Haniak; a daughter-in-law, Jane Zoccola; and special niece, Shelly (Ted) Stewart; several additional beloved nieces and nephews; and a son, Francis J. Zoccola.
In addition to her husband and parents, Rachel was preceded in death by a daughter, Rosemary Haniak; six sisters, Mary Paoletta, Louise Knotts, Rose Dorus, Julia Yannarella, Grace Mistretta and Lucy Zakrezewski; and three brothers, Joseph, Fred and Anthony (Betty) Conti.
The family would like to thank the staff of Kindred Hospice, New Castle, and Sharon Regional Medical Center for the kindness and exceptional care.
Memorial contributions may be directed to St. Joseph Church, 79 Case Ave., Sharon, PA 16146.
Marie, 95, of Vienna, Ohio.
Calling hours: From 10 a.m. to noon Saturday (2-2-19) in J. BRADLEY MCGONIGLE FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 1090 E. State St., Sharon. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.McGonigleFuneralHomeandCrematory.com.
Service: Mass of Christian Burial will be at 12:30 p.m. Saturday (2-2-19) in St. Joseph Church, Sharon, with the Rev. Thomas Whitman, pastor, as celebrant.
Interment: St. Mary's Cemetery, Hermitage.
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