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Obituary: Mary Ann Zale

She was affectionately called by the nickname “Red Grandma”
Posted: 1:22 PM, Feb 21, 2020
Updated: 2020-02-21 15:22:02-05
Mary Ann Zale

On the morning of February 11, 2020, we lost our 95-year-old mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, mother-in-law, and sister-in-law.

She was affectionately called by the nickname “Red Grandma” for her fiery red hair; and her granddaughters’ deep affection. She was loved by many; and will be deeply missed.

She was born on October 4, 1924, in Great Falls, where she grew up with 4 siblings. Her parents and oldest sister emigrated from Piandelagotti, Italy, a small village that is still home to our relatives. She graduated from high school in 1943, and began her 30+ year career as a retail clerk. She retired from Village Shoes.

Family was always the most important thing to her. Many of them spent a lot of time with her, or lived with her in the house that had been in the family since 1917-ish. She will forever be remembered as a loving mother, sister, aunt, and grandmother who enjoyed caring for her family.

To read the complete obituary and share condolences, visit the Schnider Funeral Home website.