Bonita R. Zelt

Bonita R. Zelt, 91, of 361 Kaul Avenue, St. Marys, passed away Monday, April 8, 2013, at her home.

She was born August 23, 1921 in Ramseytown, PA, daughter of the late James W. and Dora DeSmith Fleming.  She had resided in St. Marys since 1932.  She was a graduate of Central Catholic High School, Class of 1939, and she was also a graduate of Penn State DuBois, Class of 1977.

On October 12, 1961 in the Queen of the World Church, she married Joseph O. Zelt, who preceded her in death on November 13, 1998.

She is survived by her close friend and caretaker, Susan Aloi of St. Marys; and her cousins, Georgia Rezsutek of St. Marys, Donald Fleming of St. Marys, and Patricia Fleming of St. Marys.

Besides her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Gerarde Fleming Gschwendtner and Virginia Fleming, who died in childhood; and a brother, James W. Fleming, Jr.  She was the last member of her immediate family.

Mrs. Zelt was a member of the Sacred Heart Church.  She volunteered at the Christian Food Bank, was a former AARP Tax Coordinator, and was a member of the Friends of the Library.

There will be no visitation.

Family and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated in the Sacred Heart Church on Monday, April 15, 2013, at 10:00 AM with the Rev. Eric Vogt, OSB, Pastor, officiating.  Burial will be in the St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Memorials, if desired may be made to the Christian Food Bank, PO Box 1033, St. Marys, PA  15857.

The Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Kellie Rusciolelli April 12, 2013 at 10:50 am

Bonita served on the Retired Senior Volunteer Program advisory board, retiring last year. I only knew her a short time before she retired, and she was a lovely person who brought insight and warmth to the RSVP program. She will be missed.

Helen Zelt Young April 12, 2013 at 6:24 pm

We Zelt’s are a strong breed. May you rest in peace, Bonita. My dad, William Jacob Zelt, was Joe’s cousin. I have tried to keep up with the family and am sorry to hear of Bonita’s passing. Blessings & hugs to you Susan, Georgia, Don and Patricia.


Marsha Dallasen April 15, 2013 at 11:16 pm

My family and I spent many holidays and visits with Bonnie after Joe’s passing. She was truly a remarkable woman and will be missed by many. Thoughts and prayers to Georgia, Donald and Patty.

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