Dorothy Marie Zimmerman

November 23, 1924 ~ October 13, 2020 (age 95)



Dorothy Marie (Fetcho)


Age 95, went to her eternal rest on Tuesday, October 13, 2020. She was the beloved mother of David Fetcho (Susan) of Oakland, California, and the former wife of George Fetcho (deceased) of Florida. Daughter of Bernard (Żmudziński) Zimmerman and Marie (Murawski) Zimmerman, she was born and lived her entire life in Pittsburgh, where she worked in many aspects of healthcare, most notably as Emergency Room Admissions Supervisor at South Side Hospital for many years. With an insatiable curiosity, she virtually memorized the Physicians’ Desk Reference, and would often correctly guess a patient’s diagnosis, which was then confirmed by the doctor’s examination! Her time at the ER was also the source of countless hilarious anecdotes that kept family and caregivers thoroughly entertained throughout the years.

Above all, Dorothy loved music, had a beautiful mezzo-soprano voice, and would joyfully sing along with Mario Lanza and Judy Garland recordings. She was an avid reader, lifelong learner, masterful Polish kielbasa maker and cookie baker, and amateur armchair archeologist. She asked that you “read a good book in my memory,” and if so moved, make a donation in her honor to Carnegie Library. Dorothy also loved to travel, and enjoyed memorable trips to California, Las Vegas and Hawaii.

Dorothy wished to express her deepest gratitude to those caring for her in her later years, especially her devoted cousin, Shirley Forney (and husband, Bob); nurse Jennifer Taylor of Alleghany Hospice; nurse Kelly H-Pierce of Vitas Hospice; and Kelsey Gdovin, a lawyer (and surrogate granddaughter) volunteering with the organization, In Service of Seniors. Dorothy lived independently in her home in Bon Air into her 95th year, among many long-term neighbors who became close friends. In her final months she was grateful to be cared for at The Haven at North Hills. The family expresses sincere appreciation to all the staff who showed mom so much love and attentive care in the midst of these difficult Covid-19 times, when family was unable to visit in person. Through Zoom and FaceTime meetings facilitated by The Haven, however, we were able to express our deeply felt love to her throughout her time there, and receive her love in return.

At her request, there will be no services and no viewing.

Arrangements provided by TIMOTHY K. SLATER Funeral Services, Inc. (412-381-3337) 425 Brownsville Rd., Mt. Oliver, 15210

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