Gina Dusi Zweigart

June 26, 2013 

Gina Dusi Zweigart died on Sunday morning, June 23, 2013. She was 94 years old. She was pre-deceased by our father, Thomas F. Zweigart, in December 2004. They met while both were at Ohio State University and were married in 1942. They had 7 children: Carolyn, Cynthia, Tom, Gretel, Danny, Liese, and Andrea. They had 7 grandchildren. Mom was a volunteer nearly all her adult life, beginning as a Girl Scout leader. As her daughters came of age to be Brownies, she started troops. As we grew, she started Girl Scout troops and served as a leader for every troop we were in, in Goldsboro, then in Athens, GA, then in Raleigh. She also served in several higher leadership positions in the GSA organization, including training other troop leaders. When her youngest child started kindergarten at Cathedral School in 1965, Mom began volunteering in the school library. When a few students required tutoring in reading, Mom volunteered. In the late 1960s, she began teaching remedial reading classes at Cathedral, and it pleased her no end to know that because of her patience and creativity, scores of children who had initially struggled to read learned to love books. When she retired from teaching reading, she returned to the Cathedral School library as a volunteer. Our parents' house was along the route of the annual Susan G. Komen race/walk. Mom had been diagnosed with breast cancer in 1980, and was proud to be a survivor. To those of you who are also survivors: She would want you to know that cancer did not do her in. Rather, she suffered a stroke in December and was never able to recover. Until that time, she had lived independently in her home. Mom was proud to have lived, and lived well, to such an advanced age. At Mom's request, there will be no service. If you would like to make a donation in her memory, we would be honored if you would choose one of the many charitable organizations whose work our mother admired and supported. In particular, we think that she would be especially pleased by your support of Doctors Without Borders, Susan G. Komen, or the Heifer Project. Alternatively, we believe it would be meaningful to Mom if you would volunteer a few hours in her honor. Thank you.

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