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Sara Florilla Young Zittel, 87, a former resident of Hamburg and a member-at-large of the Daughters of the American Revolution, died Friday (Sept. 17, 1999) at her residence in Laurel Lake Retirement Community near Hudson, Ohio, after an illness of several months.

Her death came on the 65th anniversary of her marriage to Theodore O. Zittel, retired supervisor of the electrical department at Bethlehem Steel Corp. in Lackawanna.

Mrs. Zittel was born in Buffalo and graduated from East Aurora Union High School in 1929. She received a bachelor of arts degree in English and sociology from Oberlin College in Ohio in 1933 and was a social worker in Buffalo until her marriage in 1934.

After moving from Hamburg to Lake Wales, Fla., in the late 1970s, she became active in the Lake Wales Chapter of the DAR and was chairwoman of the City of Lake Wales Constitutional Bicentennial Committee.

She also was a supporter of Colonial Williamsburg, the restoration of Ellis Island and other efforts and organizations concerned with the preservation of historical sites.

Mrs. Zittel and her husband were in charge of the Lake Wales Methodist Church Love Pantry for several years. They sorted donated food and delivered it to the Lake Wales Care Center and to churches in rural communities. They also were volunteers at Bok Tower Gardens and were honored for 1,000 hours of service.

In 1993, they moved to Laurel Lake Retirement Community, where she joined Evangelical Covenant Church of Hudson.

Survivors, besides her husband, include two daughters, Dorothy E. Thomas of Mentor, Ohio, and Sara F. Jr. of New York City; five grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Services will be private.


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