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Obit: Margaretmary Zoffel

Margaretmary R. Zoffel

On Wednesday, October 2, 2019, Margaretmary Zoffel of Allison Park (formerly of Penn Hills) passed away peacefully at the Passavant Senior Living Community of Zelienople, Pa., at the age of 85.  Beloved wife of the late George I. Zoffel.  Loving mother of Michael (Lisa) Zoffel, Kathryn Zoffel (Cuong Doan), Donald (Lorianne) Zoffel, Georganne Z. Taylor, Anne Z. (Keith) Kohler, Susan Z. Toth, Joseph (Stephanie) Zoffel and MaryLou Z. (Paul) Nix.  Margaretmary was blessed with 15 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren whom she loved very much.  Sister of Leo (Audrey) Rauterkus and was preceded in death by her parents Joseph and Margaret Rauterkus and brothers Joseph and David.  Margaretmary was a Registered Dietician and graduate of Seton Hill College.  At Seton Hill College she met her lifelong friends, celebrating over 60 years of friendship and bridge playing.  She enjoyed reading, being with family, camping and riding bikes.  She was an active member of Club Julian.  She led a life of service to others, volunteering at St. Alexis Parish in Wexford, the Northland Library and various other charities, sharing her talents, happiness and smile with others.  Friends will be received Monday, October 7, 2019 from 2-4 & 6-8pm at the George A. Thoma Funeral Home, Inc. 10418 Perry Hwy., Wexford, Pa 15090.   A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at 10am in St. Alexis Parish, Wexford.  Interment will be private.  In lieu of flowers please donate a pint of blood or monetary donation to the Red Cross.

Family of four
Margaretmary and Leo
With Grandma too

Catherine, crushing it at the AAA Conference General Assembly in Columbus, Ohio

Hail To Pitt! 

Catherine Palmer, Ph.D., at AAA meeting in Columbus, Ohio, at the General Assembly

Catherine Palmer, Ph.D., at AAA meeting in Columbus, Ohio, at the General Assembly

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The text of the address at the general assembly is posted on an audiology blog.

Pitt people at the Pitt social at the AAA Conference

Pitt people at the Pitt social at the AAA Conference

Bonus link: What's for diner?

Have you seen the fun book, Eat Like an Audiologist? Catherine has a bite in that collection.

With the Freeze came great news for summer = a grant for Aquatic Jamborees, playing well with others

As the coldest days arrived, so too came great news of a grant of more than $7K. 

This award will support our efforts of "playing well with others" at community swim pools. SKWIM USA, a nonprofit that helps to promote swimming, fitness, sportsmanship and game-play get the funding to obtain equipment and host Aquatic Jamboree events this summer in Pittsburgh.

With the spending of other people's money come a big splash of responsibility. So, I'm interested in connecting now to prepare to engage with you, your families, your friends neighbors, organizations and even business contacts.

All ages and all swim abilities are welcome as we play SKWIM at Aquatic Jamborees, but we need to rally more political will to participate and venture out of our comfort zones -- for the sake of fun and fitness.

Can we get your team down to the Northside or Hill District to compete? Or, can we bring our game and perhaps a squad to your summer pool?

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Other community news, Catherine is taking the stage to tell a story this Saturday at the UU Church of the South Hills,

The coffee-house proceeds benefit their youth-group trip.

A video of Catherine's story telling from The Moth surfaced. 

Her performance from New Hampshire graced a stage that once featured Mark Twain. (Watch, 12-minutes.)

Stretching to Baltimore this Sunday night, Catherine and Grant both get to share the podium with a former Olympian and WNBA (basketball) star, Tamika Catchings, as they present about HEARING in SPORTS. 

If you are in that vicinity, or a coach any sport and want to better engage with those with hearing issues, check out the ebook, Time Out! I Didn't Hear You.

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Hope to see or hear from you soon.

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