Doris Vidzar 95, of Stokes Westernville Rd passed away May 15, 2022, peacefully at home with her two daughters by her side. She was born in Pittston, Pennsylvania on October 18th, 1926 to the late George and Zelinda Colarusso. She spent her younger years in Pittson and graduated from Pittston High where she was a cheerleader and a tap dancer. She dated a handsome young man, Anthony Vidzar, who then went into the Navy. Upon his return, they reunited and married on April 12th, 1947, at Mount Carmel Church in Pittston, PA. They had a blessed union of over 60 years until his death on November 20, 2007. At the time of their marriage, Anthony was working at Griffiss Air Force Base so she moved to Rome where they remained the rest of their lives.
Doris was a seamstress and worked in Pittson in her younger years. After she had her two children, she went back to work at Lumas Manufacturing Company until it burned down. She then remained at home taking care of her family and her mother who lived with us for nineteen years. She was an angel to all of us. There wasn't anything she would not do for her family.
Doris was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother to her family. Her favorite thing to do was spending time with them. Our favorite memories were our Sunday dinners at their home on Delta Ave where we would gather and catch up on our week enjoying her wonderful cooking. She never knew who would be seated at her table for dinner so if you walked in at dinner time a plate would be handed to you because there was always more than enough food to share. She was the most kind and giving mother we could have ever asked for and family always came first. Doris was also an avid Yankee Fan and never missed a game. She knew everything about the team and the players.
She loved being a grandmother and recently a great grandmother. She was always there to help us raise our children no matter when help was needed. We don't know what we would have done without her in those early years.
When our dad died in 2007, she came to live with her daughter, Cynthia, on Stokes-Westernville Rd. She was with her for fifteen years until her passing. Doris also loved to go to Turning Stone Casino to play the video poker games. With the help of Carole Maksymczuk (who we always referred to as daughter number three) we would take her to play and have lunch.
Doris is survived by two daughters, Annette Sanders of Rome, and Cynthia Flanders (Michael Graziano) of Ava; three grandsons, Matthew Sanders of Rome, Brian (Emma) Sanders of Branchburg New Jersey, and Adrian Flanders of South Burlington, Vermont; a granddaughter, Jessica Sanders of Asheville, North Carolina; and great granddaughters, Julia and Alina Sanders. She also leaves one brother and sister-in-law, Carmen (Ruth) Colarusso; and several nieces and nephews. Also, Steven Flanders who she remained close with. She was predeceased by a son-in-law, Jon Sanders; brothers Patrick Colarusso, Joseph Colarusso; and sister, Mary Colarusso.
Our family wishes to extend our gratitude to the nurses and staff at Hospice & Palliative Care for their support and comfort in making Mom's passing a peaceful one.
Mom's passing has left us with broken hearts but we know she is at peace now and reunited with her beloved husband. We love you, Mom.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care, 4277 Middle Settlement Road, New Hartford, NY 13413 or the food Pantry at St. Joseph's Church 5748 Stokes Lee Center Road, Lee Center, NY 13363.
Service will be held at the convenience of the family.
Arrangements are entrusted to the Barry Funeral Home, 807 W. Chestnut Street.