03/12/07 - NNHS Newsletter - Catherine Ritter Zeno

Catherine Newton Ritter Zeno
(19 Feb 1911 - 9 Mar 2007)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   We have even more sad news today.

  From Fred Mays ('60) of VA - 03/12/07:



I do not know if you saw in the Daily Press on Sunday the obituary of Mrs. Catherine Zeno.  She was the mother of    Connie Laws Zeno Bollmeier, Class of 1960.  Connie died several years ago with complications due to Lupus.  Connie was at Woodrow Wilson School with me  and all through N.N.H.S.....She was so special.  I visited Mrs. Zeno on several occasions, when she lived in the Hidenwood and also in the Governor's Inn, where she died.  I vividly remember in the fifth grade at Woodrow Wilson School that Mrs. Zeno was a substitute teacher as our teacher was ill.  Anyway, she said that she was going to teach us something we would never forget.  This was the correct spelling of "all right".  It is two words, "not alright or allright".  She wrote the word, "all" on the left end of the chalk board and then walked down the other end of the room and wrote "right".  She said, "it is two words and don't you ever forget it".  I called her minister, Dr. R. Randel Everett, and told him that story and he used it in the funeral.  I mentioned that, I am sure Mrs. Zeno is "all right" now as she is certainly in Heaven.  She was a dear lady.  Mrs. Zeno was 96 and had an extrememly keen mind.  I visited her week before last and she told me to tell my mother hello and also asked about my sister,    Mary Anne, '58 and her husband Don.  She mentioned that they had lived across the street from her on Pear Avenue.  She did not forget anything.  Connie had a brother 7 years younger, Roger Zeno.  I am unsure if he went to N.N.H.S.; however, I would assume he did.  I remember in the seventh grade, when Connie sat directly behind me, she said she now had a brother.......an elderly lady, Lorraine Morewitz, who was on the N.N. Historical Commission with me some years ago, called me and asked me if I planned on going to the funeral as she would appreciate a ride.  She and another lady, Mrs. Packman, from the Governor's Inn really wanted to go.  They were Bridge partners with Mrs. Zeno.  Mrs. Packman was in a wheel chair and Lorraine is on oxygen.  I picked these ladies up and took them back.  It was with no difficulty at all.  Betsy Roberts Moore, who is a member of First Baptist Church and a friend of Mrs. Zeno, sort of adopted her and visited her regularly and really looked out for her.  She is a dear.  Betsy graduated in 1956 and her sister   Kay Roberts Pond was in my class, 1960.  Kay died 9 years ago, March 6th, near the same time that    Johnny Canepa died.  Kay was a sweetheart.  Betsy was a "Dawn Lovely", I well remember.

Carol, I hope you are feeling better.....so sorry for your recent illness.  You are the best and EVERYONE loves you.
Take care, Fred Mays, '60

   Thank you, Fred.  I did read it, but incredibly made no connection.  I must not yet be as well as I thought.


From the Daily Press - 03/11/07:          

        Catherine Newton Ritter Zeno

  NEWPORT NEWS - Mrs. Catherine Newton Ritter Zeno, 96, died Friday, March 9, 2007, at Riverside Hospital after a brief illness. She was the widow of Dominick Raoul Zeno, an engineer who worked for many years in the Newport News Shipyard. She was born Feb. 19, 1911, in Bowling Green, Va. Mrs. Zeno was a graduate of the State Teachers College in Farmville, Va. She was a teacher in the Historic Hilton Village Elementary School for a number of years after graduation. Throughout her life she always remembered her students, keeping in touch and checking on their progress throughout life. She made friends easily throughout her life. Once a friend, she would always remember your name and think to call or send you a card on your birthday or holiday. She was a true lady and always acted the part. She was a kind and generous friend, always offering people who came for a visit candy, chocolates or flowers she had or others had given her. Her father was a Baptist Minster. She was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Newport News for over 60 years. Her church and her friends from Church were an important part of her life. She was a member of the Women's Club of Newport News since 1950 and a gold membership card holder of the GFWC. She had a love of Dolls and was an active member of the Doll Club. She was also a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. After suffering a stroke in 1997, Mrs. D. R. Zeno moved to the Governors Inn, an assisted living facility. During this period she met many people and was an inspiration to her family, friends, and people she met with her zest for life, great memory, and ability to stay in touch with phone calls, letters and thoughtful gifts. She was a people person and always liked to go out to lunch and dinner whenever possible. One of her favorite places was the Lunch Bell. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Constance Bollmeier, in 1997, just after her stroke. She faced many difficult issues in life, including surviving cancer. However, she faced each issue with dignity, grace and an optimistic spirit. She is survived by her son, Roger Zeno; son-in-law, Charlie Bollmeier; grandchildren, Julie, Jackie, Mark, Michael; and several great-grandchildren. The family will receive friends Monday, March 12, from 1 to 2:45 p.m. at First Baptist Church-Newport News, with a funeral to follow at 3 p.m. Contributions may be made to First Baptist Church-Newport News, 12716 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23606. Peninsula Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Published in the Daily Press on 3/11/2007.
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 We send out sympathy to the family & friends of Catherine Zeno. We visited Mrs. Zeno many times @ the Governors Inn with our therapy dog "Lucy". I remembered her as a teacher when I was a student @ Hilton Elementary years ago. Catherine always had a kind word for everyone. She was a true Christian in every way.
Rube & Judith Brett (Newport News, VA)  - March 11, 2007
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I remember Miss Ritter as my fourth grade teacher in Hilton Village in
1934. I even have a photo of her in my album. She was very kind and an
excellent teacher. My sympathy to her family.
Virginia Boyd Coletti (Sunnyvale, CA) - March 11, 2007
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I extend my sincerest sympathy to the family of Mrs. Zeno. She was a very special lady and she is now united with her husband and sweet daughter, Connie Laws. I shall never forget having her as a substitute teacher at Woodrow Wilson School when I was in the fifth grade, 1952-1953. I have never forgotten some things she taught us. May God bless each of those dear to her.
Frederick Mays (Newport News, VA) - March 13, 2007
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I will always remember the night I had fun with Mrs. Catherine Zeno. My mother, Henrietta Rigel, and I and my children spent some time playing charades in a motel room with Constance, Mrs. Zeno's daughter and Mrs. Z's grandchildren. Mrs. Z was a joy and a fun lady. I thoroughly loved knowing her.

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Anne Segar (San Francisco, CA)  - March 15, 2007
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   Our deepest sympathies are extended to Mrs. Davis' family and friends.

  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!

                          Love to all, Carol


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The Old Rugged Cross

Words and Music by George Bennard, 1913

(The Old Rugged Cross was written in Albion, Michigan.
Or Pokagon, Michigan.
Or Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.
All three towns claim to be the birthplace of this hymn.)

On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross,
The emblem of suffering and shame;
And I love that old cross where the dearest and best
For a world of lost sinners was slain.

So I'll cherish the old rugged cross,
Till my trophies at last I lay down;
I will cling to the old rugged cross,
And exchange it some day for a crown.

O that old rugged cross, so despised by the world,
Has a wondrous attraction for me;
For the dear Lamb of God left His glory above
To bear it to dark Calvary.

So I'll cherish the old rugged cross,
Till my trophies at last I lay down;
I will cling to the old rugged cross,
And exchange it some day for a crown.

In that old rugged cross, stained with blood so divine,
A wondrous beauty I see,
For 'twas on that old cross Jesus suffered and died,
To pardon and sanctify me.

So I'll cherish the old rugged cross,
Till my trophies at last I lay down;
I will cling to the old rugged cross,
And exchange it some day for a crown.

To the old rugged cross I will ever be true;
Its shame and reproach gladly bear;
Then He'll call me some day to my home far away,
Where His glory forever I'll share.

So I'll cherish the old rugged cross,
Till my trophies at last I lay down;
I will cling to the old rugged cross,
And exchange it some day for a crown.

"The Old Rugged Cross" midi courtesy of http://www.divtune.com/dtmid.htm - 03/01/07
NOTE:  I felt strongly impressed that I should use this hymn.  After searching for over an hour for an arrangement I liked,
this version came closest in spirit, though I had hoped for an organ sound.

"The Old Rugged Cross" lyrics and history courtesy of http://synergy_2.tripod.com/lyrics/ruggedc1.html - 03/01/07

Blackwork Flowers Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.bravenet.com - 08/12/04

Greg Olsen Paintings courtesy of http://gregolsengallery.com 03/15/05

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