Bertha “Bert” May Zolnai, 93, of Linesville passed away on Tuesday, August 18, 2020, at The Caring Place in Franklin.
Born August 1, 1927, in Cleveland, Ohio, she was the daughter of James and Jennie (Mayhew) Wright.
Bertha met Ernest when she worked at Jewel Drycleaners. They married on January 21, 1945 in the First Congregation Church on a beautiful sunny day in Lorain, Ohio. Ernest and Bertha then opened their first dry cleaning store and while waiting for the new business to get off the ground, in 1944, they also were employed by the U.S. Government Office of Price Control Administration at the Lorain, Ohio office.
Mr. and Mrs. Zolnai designed and built Pine View Camplands and also the Shady Acres R.V. Resort both in Linesville. They worked constantly side by side during their marriage, they were a good team and formed the “Zolnai Enterprises” that was started on January 21, 1945. Bertha from East Cleveland and Ernest from Lorain, Ohio were also known as “Bert and Ernie”.
In her younger years, she belonged to a Rolling Skating Club in Euclid, Ohio. They loved traveling across the U.S. in their 35 foot Class A Motorhome and spent 26 winters at Fort Myers Beach RV Park in Florida. She had a love for flowers, enjoyed gardening, canning and mowing grass.
Survivors include six children, David P. Zolnai and his wife, Marilyn, of Linesville, Robert D. Zolnai and his wife, Louise, of Linesville, James E. Zolnai of Atlantic, Susan May Malinowski and her husband, Gary K., of Pittsfield, Richard E. Zolnai and his wife, Connie, of Lone Oak Texas and Dale L. Zolnai and his wife, Barbara, of Quitman, Texas; nine grandchildren, David Jr., Pammy Sue, Charles, Daniel, Michael, Tracy, Sharlene, Ashley and Karl; many great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren; and a sister, Judith Griffith and her husband, Robert, of Vermillion, Ohio.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; three sisters, Betty Krouse, Doris Puma and Barbara Smith; and a daughter-in-law, P.J. Zolnai.
Calling hours will be Monday, August 24 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Royal-Coleman Funeral Home, 6028 U. S. Highway 6, Linesville.
A funeral service will follow the calling on Monday a 1 p.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Mark Rusnak officiating.
Burial will be in Linesville Cemetery.
Memorial contributions can be made to AseraCare Hospice 12664 Route 19 S, Waterford, Pa 16441.
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