OSWEGO — Genevieve Ann Zappala, 88, born Dec. 31, 1931, passed away on Jan. 21, 2020 at home surrounded by family.
Born and raised in Oswego, New York to Paul Cerklewich and Amelia Crisafulli, the youngest of five children, sisters Anne Kidd, Fran Buda, brother Hank Cerklewich, all deceased and surviving brother Ralph Cerklewich.
She graduated from Oswego High School, class of 1950. She was married to Samuel C. Zappala in 1951, providing 68 years of a fulfilled marriage.
Genevieve was a wife of an Oswego vegetable muck farmer a proud homemaker of seven surviving children, James Zappala (wife Cathy), Constance Decker (husband Dana), twins - Diane Ferguson (husband Richard), and Deborah Ahart (husband Ronald), Sam A. Zappala, David Zappala (wife Alla), and Christine Tuzzolio (husband Joseph). Also surviving her are 18 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren.
Her passions were living life to its fullest any way possible. She was an avid gardener of canning vegetables and beautiful flowers and shrubs. She enjoyed singing in the church choir, oil painting and crafting.
Calling hours will be held from 3-6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24, at Nelson Funeral Home, 11 W. Albany St.
A Catholic Funeral Mass will be held at Christ the Good Shepherd, St. Joseph’s Church at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 25.
Entombment will follow in the mausoleum at St. Peter’s Cemetery.