Dorothy Leona Yaus Cuonzo, 94 , a former resident of Parsons, and Hoopeston, Ill. and more recently a resident of Chesterland, Ohio, where she made her home with her daughter and son-in-law, Michelle A. and Tom Seaman, departed this life early Saturday morning, Feb. 22, 2014, at her home. She had been in her usual health.
She was born Dorothy Leona Yaus to parents John George and Ida Iona Mosser-Yaus, on August 31, 1919, on Wheeling Island. She was raised as the only child on a hillside in McMechen.
She attended the local grade and high school in her town and after she graduated she attended a three-year nursing program at Kanawha Valley Nursing School in Charleston.
Dorothy worked for Kanawha Valley Hospital after her graduation and, in 1948, she met, fell in love and married her long time husband, Dr. Richard A. Cuonzo, who was doing a residency there at the hospital. Together they had three children Valerie, Marilynn and Michelle.
Dorothy and Richard had a very colorful life together, living at first in West Memphis, Ark., where they both worked for Richard's father at his small, rural medical clinic. They later moved to Toledo, Ohio, for Richard to complete a surgical residency and then back to Arkansas for a short time before moving on to Pineville, La. They stayed in Louisiana for a year before going back to Arkansas, and then in 1961, they pulled up roots and moved to Parsons.
Dorothy's life was her family. She loved to cook and have friends of the family over for a hearty meal. She spent several years in the role of the homemaker before returning back to work first at Tucker County's VO-Tech teaching nurse aides and later at the Tucker County Hospital. She spent many years caring for her own parents in her home in Parsons.
Dorothy moved to Hoopeston, Ill. with Richard where he worked until retirement from his surgical practice. In 2005, she and Richard moved to Chesterland, Ohio to be close to family in their elder years.
Dorothy is survived by her daughter, Valerie Cuonzo of Lakewood, Calif., and her children, Angela Simmons of Morgantown, Joelle Simmons of Lakewood, Calif., and Zachary Cuonzo, who is currently in the U.S. Army and stationed in Grovetown, Ga.; daughter, Marilynn Cuonzo of Elkins, and her daughter, Marielle Gallagher of Bend, Ore.; and daughter, Michelle Seaman and her husband, Tom Seaman, and daughter, Stephanie Seaman, all of Chesterland, Ohio.
Dorothy had three great-grandchildren, Angela's son, Owen Cosner of Morgantown, and Zacahry's children, Kristen Michelle and Colton Michael Cuonzo, both of Grovetown, Ga.
The family will receive friends at Lohr & Barb Funeral Home of Parsons Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. On Friday, at 7 p.m. at the funeral home parlor, a rosary will be recited by the Rev. Father Timothy J. Grassi. On Saturday morning, March 1, Mrs. Cuonzo will be moved to Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church at Parsons, where the Liturgy of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:30 a.m. The Rev. Father Timothy J. Grassi will be the presider, and interment will follow in Parsons City Cemetery at Parsons.
Lohr & Barb Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for Dorothy Leona Yaus Cuonzo. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.lohrbarbfuneralhome.com.