Lena Maffeo Zanichelli, 97, of Arma died at 7:26 a.m. Friday, March 27, 2009 at her home.

Lena Maffeo Zanichelli, 97, of Arma died at 7:26 a.m. Friday, March 27, 2009 at her home.
Mrs. Zanichelli was born June 5, 1911 at Krebs, Oklahoma the daughter of Domenic and Mary Gedda Maffeo. Lena was raised in Burgess, Missouri and graduated from Mulberry High School in the Class of 1930. After graduation Lena lived with her aunt and uncle in Krebs, Oklahoma where she attended Eastern Oklahoma Business College at McAlester, Oklahoma where she received a degree in business. She was a homemaker and later was employed in the Credit Department of Ernst Kern Company until 1952. She was also employed at General Underwriters Inc. from 1952 to 1971 when she retired. She moved to Michigan in 1935 and moved to Arma after retirement. She married Joe Zanichelli on September 16, 1933 at Lamar, Missouri. Mr. Zanichelli preceded her in death in 1979. Lena was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church at Arma, the St. Ann’s Altar Society and Pats Quilting Guild. Survivors include a nephew, Michael Maffeo of Howell, Michigan, and three nieces, Marilyn Ryan of Dearborn, Michigan, Christine Vanderelzen of Waterford, Michigan, and Catherine Funkey of Rochester Hills, Michigan. Lena was preceded in death by her parents, husband, a sister, Christine Leksha, and two brothers, Robert and Domenic Maffeo.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 A.M. Monday, March 30, 2009 at St. Joseph Catholic Church at Arma with Father Robert McElwee as the celebrant. Burial will be at the Pittsburg Garden of Memories Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday at the Bedene Funeral Home at Arma. Rosary will be said at 2 P.M. Sunday at the Bedene Chapel. The family suggests memorials to the St. Ann’s Altar Society. Donations may be sent to or left at the Bedene Funeral Home, 517 E. Washington, Box 621, Arma, Kansas 66712.