Audrey Zellner  January 18 1942  September 7 2022

Audrey Zellner January 18 1942 September 7 2022

January 18 1942 September 7 2022
Wednesday, September 7, 2022, in the early morning hours, Audrey Zellner, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend, passed away, at the age of 80. Born on January 18, 1942, in Utica, Audrey is the daughter of the late Charles and Rozina Timmany. Audrey is predeceased by her husband, Walter Zellner, with whom she shared 30 years of marriage, prior to his passing in 1995. She is also predeceased by her brother-in-law, Michael Reynolds. Audrey is survived by her sister, Deborah Reynolds; five children, Scott Zellner (Kathryn), Delvina (Dee) Talarico (Francis), Teresa Wilson (Richard), Maura (Kat) Courto (Mark), and Cynthia Zellner (Sam); nine “marvelous and wonderful” grandchildren, Francis Talarico III (Brianne), Derek Zellner (Brittany), Andrew Talarico (Elvedina), Amanda Talarico (Ronald), Kate Wilson, Aidan Wilson, Hayden Peters, Reese Peters, and Isabel Zellner-Coe. Audrey’s desire for her passing is that it be experienced with positivity and joy. There is no conceivable way to deny that our family has experienced a tremendous loss, but we will honor her wishes, and mark this time instead with joyful remembrance. Audrey has given this world the example of true compassion, non-judgmental support, and persistent focus on the importance of raising our voices in pursuit of justice. Her volunteer work with Cornhill People United was an expression of her passion and commitment to social reform. Though she had five children of her own to raise, alongside being a working mother, Audrey and her husband Walter, always opened their home and their hearts to many children in the neighborhood. Following her husband’s long battle with lung cancer, Audrey returned to the workforce, once again her energy where there was the greatest need. Her work as a classroom assistant for United Cerebral Palsy allowed her to engage her creative spirit. Audrey was well known for spending her paycheck, and her free time, creating puppets and cool characters to bring story time to life. Every fiber of her being was a nurturer. Audrey was an insatiable reader, with endless curiosity, and a quiet, but undeniable capacity for knowledge. She loved the pleasure of a good crime mystery and read more books in a week than most people do in a year. She was a knowledgeable gardener with a true gift for helping things grow. She saw not just the beauty of the flower, but its value in nourishing life. She saw the power in the dirt, the importance of all garden creatures, and the necessity for rainy days as well as sunshine. One unfinished project that Audrey had hoped to complete this summer, was to create a pollinator garden to support the bees, whose existence is so essential to life, and who are now so perilously endangered. Audrey would be delighted if she could inspire others to plant flowers and trees, nurture this earth, and both celebrate and honor the beauty in nature. Family, though, was Audrey’s most beloved garden, and she knew no greater joy than watching “her babies” grow. Anyone wishing to pay their respects, can do so on Thursday, September 15th, between 4 pm – 6 pm at McGrath, Myslinski, Karboski & Nunn Funeral Directors, 470 French Road, Utica, NY. A small memorial service for close friends and family will commence at 6 pm. In keeping with her life-long passion for social justice, community service, and the life-altering power of pure and selfless giving, she has asked that donations be given in her memory to the Resource Center for Refugees in East Utica, 201 Bleecker Street, Utica, NY 13501,, 315-738-1083. Sister Jeanne Lippincott, her dear friend, worked at the center and introduced her to the powerful work they are doing in the community. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

Our most sincere sympathies to the family and friends of Audrey Zellner January 18 1942 September 7 2022.

McGrath, Myslinski, Karboski & Nunn Funeral Directors

Death notice for the town of: Utica, state: New York

death notice Audrey Zellner January 18 1942 September 7 2022

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