Zita R. Cotter Cavanaugh, 88, entered into eternal rest on Friday, January 24, 2020, after a brave battle with COPD. She was surrounded by her loving family.
Zita was born, August 4, 1931 to Daniel and Zita Golden Cotter. She graduated GAR High School; later married John Cavanaugh and had three children. She was a stay at home mother, devoted to her families needs. Zita volunteered for years at St. Al's cafeteria, where her grandchildren attended school and helped with their bazaars. She was a former member of St. Al’s Church; its seniors and most recently was a member of St. Marys Church, Wilkes-Barre. She loved decorating for the holidays, baking cakes for every occasions and was the party planner for years at Bnai Brith Apartments, where she resided later in life.
Ziti was a loving, kind, compassionate mother, grandmother and great grandmother and her family was most important to her. She loved doing puzzles, going shopping and had a bright and energetic personality. She touched many lives with her generosity and passion for life.
She was preceded in death, in addition to her parents, by her husband, John “Jack” Cavanaugh; brothers, Thomas Cotter and his wife, Betty; William Cotter; sister, Marie Wandell and her husband, Herbert; Evelyn Hart and her husband, Joseph.
Zita is survived by her children, Zita, Mary and John Cavanaugh; grandchildren, Sarah and David Gibbon; great grandchildren, David, Allyson, Julie Gibbon and Arianna Paradis; brother in law, Paul Charland, Jackie Dorzinsky, mother to David, Allyson and Julie and numerous nieces and nephews.
She will be dearly missed by all who knew her.
Funeral service will be held on Monday, February 3, 2020 at 9:00 am from the Lehman Family Funeral Service, Inc. 689 Hazle Ave. Wilkes-Barre with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 am in St. Mary's Immaculate Conception Church, Our Lady of Fatima Church, S. Washington Street, Wilkes-Barre.
Friends are invited to join the family for a visitation on Sunday, February 2, 2020, from 2 to 4 pm at the funeral home and Monday from 8:45 am until time of service.
The family would like to thank everyone for their kindness and especially Dr. Aliasgar Chittalia and Jessica Burger, RN for their constant care and support.
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