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Dolores Marion Zacker

October 16, 1925 ~ January 2, 2024 (age 98) 98 Years Old

Dolores Zacker Tribute

Dolores Marion Zacker, 98, of Wallingford CT, entered into eternal rest on January 2, 2024 at Hartford Healthcare / MidState Medical Center. She was the daughter of the late Marion (Neider) and William Gordon, and wife to the late Matthew Zacker. Born on October 16, 1925, Dolores grew up in West Haven, CT, the 2nd born of 5, having an older brother Bill, younger brother Ronald, and 2 younger sisters Muriel and Corrine. Dolores attended the Stone School of Business in New Haven before working at Winchesters at an early age. She was later employed at Woolworth's while raising her own family with her husband Matt of 33 years. After his passing in 1980, Dolores learned how to drive at the age of 55! She even took a job at Dunkin’ Donuts later in life driving there herself in her own car.

Having exceptional skills as a seamstress, Dolores created stunning dresses for her 2 identical twin daughters, Linda and Lana, Halloween costumes for her grandchildren and formal dresses for a bridal party which was a testament to her craftsmanship. Knitting needles and crochet hooks would often be seen in her hands as she lovingly created many afghans, hats, scarves and mittens for her family through the years. She also volunteered her skill for a time knitting holiday crafts and ornaments for the Our Lady of Victory Church Christmas fairs in West Haven.

A lover of music, Dolores took great pleasure in playing her vast CD collection. While the coffee perked on the stove she would hum along, foot tapping to the likes of Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett to Rod Stewart and Michael Bublé. Never idle, Dolores would rise early for long, fast-paced walks with her neighbors (Marie and Lorette) to the Bradley Point Beach / Savin Rock walkway area to enjoy laughter and views of the water. If you wanted to join her though, you had to keep up the pace and leave promptly at 6:00 AM ("BEFORE the heat!!") but later in the day you might be rewarded by one of her favorite indulgences, a hot dog at Jimmies.

Much of Dolores' time was spent with her 2 grandchildren whom she loved dearly. Chocolate milks were always waiting as they rode their big wheels back and forth on the sidewalks in front of her house and cherished memories made as they accompanied her to the library so they ALL could check out books, baked frosted star cookies, played board games like Parcheesi and stayed up watching Carol Burnett and even the Honeymooners as "Gram" drifted off to sleep on the couch (don't tell their mom they were up that late!) As they grew older, she was their biggest fan at sporting events or traveling to dance competitions along with her side-kick Thelma (the children's paternal grandmother). The 2 Grams were often seen huddled in the bleachers together, adorned in Lyman Hall Friends of Football jackets, cheering on their grandson, Bryan, or traveling on overnight weekends to dance competitions out of state for their grand-daughter Lori (the Big Band tap numbers always a Dolores favorite). Their Grandmother Zacker also influenced her grandchildren with her love of U.S. history by taking them on bus trips to Gettysburg, PA and Washington D.C.-- her grandson later became a history teacher. Dolores, independent, strong-willed and determined, surprised her family when she decided to drive across the country with a companion to as she put it, "see this beautiful country!". That was a trip of a lifetime for her and she treasured memories of the scenery and historic places she was able to experience.

More recently, the twinkle in Dolores' eyes was reignited by her 2 great grandchildren. Her face would light up as soon as she saw them on their visits. Great Grandma was extremely proud of their father and how he was raising them and always looked forward to hearing stories about their progress in school or sports.

We as a family, would like to take this time to thank all of the care-givers at Kensington Place in Meriden and in recent years, Masonic Home in Wallingford.

Dolores was predeceased by her husband, Matthew Zacker; her siblings, Muriel (Gordon) Recine, Ronald Gordon, Corinne (Gordon) Allen, William Gordon, baby sister Natalie who passed away very young; and her son-in-law, Ronald Haskell. She is survived by her two daughters, Linda (Zacker) Smith (spouse, William) and Lana (Zacker) Haskell; grandchildren, Bryan Smith, Lori (spouse, Robert) Kovi; 2 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

A private service will be held at the convenience of the family. The B.C. Bailey Funeral Home of Wallingford, Connecticut has been entrusted with the arrangements. To leave a message of remembrance, please visit


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