Sandra Zurlo

Sandra Zurlo CANANDAIGUA - Sandy peacefully and lovingly passed away on July 17, 2013, with friends and family at her bedside. Sandy was born in Canandaigua. Her parents, Sarah (Dovidio) Zurlo, from Bloomfield, and John Zurlo, from Canandaigua, were well respected as simple, hard working and salt of the earth. Sandy attended St. Mary's Catholic School and Canandaigua Academy. She graduated from Nazareth College in Rochester. She taught English in New York City before returning to Canandaigua, where she had a 27-year career with the New York State Department of Labor holding several supervisory positions including outreach to migrants and seasonal farm workers. She was remembered for her kindness to her clients. Sandy was a powerful influence locally in the Democratic party. She worked hard and successfully on city and presidential campaigns. Sandy was a generous woman known for her big-hearted spirit, cheerfulness and always doing for others. Her homemade Italian cookies were a priceless gift that she mailed out faithfully every Christmas. She enjoyed putting on parties at her home for any and all occasions. Most famous were her St. Joseph Day celebrations. On her final days she instructed us in planning her own memorial party! Sandy had a wonderful wit. She was known for her extraordinary story telling and her stories will live on forever. She will be sadly missed. Sandy was predeceased by her parents, John and Sarah Zurlo; and infant sister, Grace Marie. Surviving are Sandy's family of cousins, Concetta and Bob Rambacher (Scott), Gladys Taylor (Wanda, Russ), TC and Cindi Gamble (Jim, John, Joey, Jeffrey), Matthew Miorca (deceased) (Christina), Dave and Judy Dixon, Shirley and Jack Crawford (Heather), Don Dixon (Dan) and Bob Dixon (Brandon, Mindy, Greg). A memorial service will be held at Calvary Cemetery, Canandaigua, at 11 a.m. on Saturday, August 3, followed by a memorial party at Sandy's home. Memorial donations may be made to The Colony Caregivers, P.O. Box 12, Shortsville, NY 14548; (585)289-6353; To share a memory or express condolences online, please visit
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