Dora H. Zarnoch, 88, assembly line worker

August 21, 2004

Dora H. Zarnoch, a retired assembly line worker and avid rose gardener, died of respiratory failure Wednesday at Copper Ridge, an assisted living facility in Sykesville. She was 88.

She was born and raised Dora Stemplewski in Exeter, Pa., where she attended public schools.

She married her childhood sweetheart, Theodore Zarnoch, in 1938, and the couple settled in Baltimore in 1943, when he went to work at the old Glenn L. Martin Co. plant in Middle River. He died in 1996.

For about 25 years until retiring in the late 1970s, Mrs. Zarnoch was an assembly line worker at Bendix Radio in Towson and later at the Western Electric Co. plant at Point Breeze.

Mrs. Zarnoch, who lived in a home on Radecke Avenue from 1954 to 1988, was known for her beautiful roses and azaleas.

"She had a green thumb when it came to gardening. One day, Mayor William Donald Schaefer was riding by in a parade, and he saw her roses. He sent her a certificate making her a member of the Order of the Roses," said a son, Robert A. Zarnoch of Ellicott City.

Since 1988, she had lived in the Nottingham section of Baltimore County.

"Even though she had two hip replacements, she continued living independently until last December," Mr. Zarnoch said.

Mrs. Zarnoch was a communicant of St. Ursula's Roman Catholic Church, 8801 Harford Road in Parkville, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 9 a.m. today.

In addition to her son, Mrs. Zarnoch is survived by another son, Theodore P. Zarnoch of Columbus, Ohio; a sister, Sally Fenner of Exeter; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

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