portrait picture for Dorothy M. Zaumseil

Dorothy M. Zaumseil


October 30, 1930 ~ December 27, 2015

Dorothy M. Zaumseil, 85, of Norwalk, wife of the late Donald S. Zaumseil, passed away Sunday, December 27, at Norwalk Hospital. Dot was born on October 30, 1930, in Stamford, Connecticut, and was the daughter of the late Joseph and Anna (Zvonkovich) Mravunac.
Dot graduated from Stamford High School, obtained her BS at the University of Connecticut (a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority), and earned her Masters Degree from the University of New Hampshire. Dot was a teacher in Mamaroneck, New York, Penacook, New Hampshire, and finished her educational career as a guidance counselor in the Bedford, New Hampshire, school district, which gave her great joy and allowed her to be in constant touch with children, a gift she treasured.
Dot is survived by her daughter, Kristen Zaumseil of Norwalk and her son, David Zaumseil, of Telluride, Colorado; her two cherished granddaughters, Kealey Zaumseil and Kenzie Zaumseil, also of Telluride. Additionally, she is survived by her Aunt Katherine Slavinsky of Stamford; her cousins Jack Slavinsky (Ellen) and Robert Slavinsky (Jennifer) all of Redding, CT; Donna Miller (Jeffrey) of Woodbury, CT; and Jeannie Anderson (Gary) of Danbury, CT. Dot had a very special place in her heart for our triplets with whom she enjoyed such special times and shared a special bond — Jack, Katherine and Ava.
Dot’s Additional Passions were Ice Cream, Movies, Animals, her many continued relationships with friends from high school, college, work and her retirement pals in Florida. You all know who you are, and please know how much Dot loved and cherished your friendships.
In addition to her husband and her parents, Dot was predeceased by her uncle, John Slavinsky, her aunt, Mary Muskovitz, and her cousins, Joseph Muskovitz and Ann Gostomski.
Friends may call on Friday, January 8, 2016 from 8:30 to 9:30 AM at the Collins Funeral Home, 92 East Avenue. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday at 10:00 AM at St. Philip Roman Catholic Church, 1 Father Conlon Place, Norwalk. Interment will take place at a later date.
Contributions in Dot’s name may be made to Americares (https://secure.americares.org/) Doctors Without Borders (http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/) or any local grass roots animal charity.

  1. My deepest sympathies go out to all who loved Dot. I know my mom, Holly Gallucci treasured her friendship of many years with Dot.
    Sunday was always movie day, and of course a “super duper weinie”. Dot was a very vibrant woman and brought much happiness into my moms life. I know she will always treasure that friendship. I will miss her smiling face, but know show is an angel with wings to soar!

    January 3, 2016
    Martha tripodi -
  • I have known Dot since I was 17 years old. She was my best friend and I will miss her more than words can express. We met while both of us were attending Uconn and we were inseparable ever since! We vacationed together many times and even went to France!!!
    My deepest sympathies to the entire family. She will truly be missed. She will forever be in my thoughts, heart and prayers.

    Holly Gallucci

    January 4, 2016
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  • I met Dot when we lived in Bryn Mawr on North Hutchinson Island in Florida. Dot was a good friend and we loved going to the movies and lunching out. We had so many good times and the stories we shared are too numerous to count.
    My deepest sympathy to her children and grandchildren. She was a treasure and an amazing woman. I will miss her very much.
    Arlene Long

    January 4, 2016
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  • My deepest sympathies to Dot’s family on your loss. I have known Dot for years, and had the pleasure of her company many times. When my mother, Holly, was in the hospital and nursing home after a broken hip, Dot visited her almost every day. She made everyone around her feel comfortable and relaxed and you couldn’t help but smile when Dot was around. She talked all the time about her children and grandchildren and loved you all very much. The photo pictured here captures Dot’s spirit perfectly. It will be hard for my mom without her friend.

    Madeline Monde

    January 6, 2016
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