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Louise Zigrossi, longtime Camp Fire Girls mentor

Feb. 23,1924 – Nov. 24, 2012

Louise Zigrossi, of Cheektowaga, a mentor to numerous Camp Fire Girls, a former elections inspector and a retired clerk for Weight Watchers of Western New York, died Saturday in the HighPointe on Michigan nursing home after a long illness. She was 88.

A native of Buffalo, the former Louise Buttino was a graduate of the former Hutchinson-Central High School. As a teenager, she helped form the Catholic Youth Organization at the former St. Columba Church, then at North Division and Hickory streets in Buffalo. Later, she was an adult leader of the Catholic Youth Organization at Resurrection Catholic Church in Cheektowaga.

Mrs. Zigrossi was given the St. Anne Award for contributing to the spiritual development of Catholic girls. She was a Camp Fire Girls leader for 12 years, served as chairwoman of the Camp Fire Leaders and helped 10 girls earn the organization’s Marian Award.

During World War II, she worked at the Curtiss-Wright Co. on P-40 aircraft. She served as an elections inspector for about 25 years, starting in 1970, and she was a clerk for Weight Watchers from 1970 to 1982.

She served as a Eucharistic minister at Resurrection Church, taking Holy Communion to the sick and shut-in. She also was a bingo volunteer and member of the senior citizens group at her church, and she belonged to the Cheektowaga Senior Travel Club.

Among her hobbies, Mrs. Zigrossi received awards for her sewing, knitting and embroidery. She also enjoyed bowling, dancing and traveling.

Survivors include her husband of 66 years, Dominic J.; a son, Donn P.; two daughters, Denise Zastempowski and Joanne; a brother, Anthony Buttino; and a sister, Theresa Recckio.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Thursday in Resurrection Catholic Church, Union Road and Como Park Boulevard, Cheektowaga.

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