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Zawila, Camilla Mildred “Millie”

November 27, 2012 by Ellen Jarus Hanley

Allentown, PA – With her children at her bedside, Camilla Mildred “Millie” Zawila, born on February 6, 1931 (age 81), passed away peacefully on Sunday, November 18, 2012 in Allentown, Pa. A lifelong resident of Cheshire Conn., Millie was the daughter of the late Gabriel and Susan DiMeco; sister of the late Adeline Onofreo and Eleanor Hirleman; and wife of the late Joseph Zawila (2012), late James Dolan (1973) and late Joseph DiPietro (1960).

Millie is survived by her sons, Mark DiPietro and his wife LyneDee of Macungie, Pa., James Dolan and his wife Janice of Boston, Mass., and Joseph DiPietro of Evansville, Ind.; and daughter, Suzanne DiPietro of Newmarket, N.H.; her grandchildren, Nichole, Autumn and Jordan DiPietro, Ryan McCabe, and Taylor and Anna Schaefer; and her great-grandson, Jaxon Malbon. She also leaves her beloved sister, Susan and her husband John Kolodziej of Port Saint Lucie, Florida, and her brothers, Gabriel DiMeco and his wife Marjorie of Waterbury and Ralph DiMeco of Prospect, as well as many wonderful nieces and nephews.

Born in Waterbury, Conn., Millie grew up in a loving Italian family where, every Sunday, the entire family gathered for dinner. Her childhood was immersed in old-world Italian traditions like homemade gravy, pasta, pastries, and wine. She loved the beautiful gardens, grape vines, music, and dancing. This defined her character and kind spirit to become the cornerstone of her family.
Millie met the first love of her life, Joseph DiPietro, in 1949. The couple later married, traveled extensively and moved to Philadelphia, where Joe was stationed with the U.S. Marine Corps. Millie and Joe then settled back in Waterbury and welcomed into their lives Suzanne, Joseph, and Mark. As the ambitious couple made plans to move their family to the idyllic town of Cheshire, Conn., Joe became ill and passed away before their dreams could be realized.

As a demonstration to her character and fearlessness, the young mother of three fulfilled their dreams and purchased a house on Cedar Lane in Cheshire. Years later, Millie met the second love of her life, James Dolan. A kindred spirit, Jim and Millie celebrated life hosting festive dinner parties with an ever-growing circle of friends and family. They also expanded their family with the addition of a son, James. Sadly, Millie would face a second tragedy and lose her husband Jim to cancer.

Her outgoing personality and charisma would connect yet again with her third husband. Joseph Zawila. Joe full-heartedly joined her in raising four children and, over the next 35 years, they would dance, bowl, garden, and celebrate life together. Their home would become the heart of holiday gatherings and family traditions that connected the family. Millie will always be remembered as a devoted mother and a doting and enthusiastic grandmother.

Throughout the trials and tribulations—the good times and bad—Millie’s focus remained true. While she will be greatly missed by many, her spirit will live on through the love she shared with open arms.

To celebrate Millie’s life, the family will host a funeral service at St. Bridget Church in Cheshire, Conn. on Monday, December 3, at 11 a.m., followed by a burial at Calvary Cemetery in Waterbury, Conn. Arrangements are under the care of Maiorano Funeral Home, Waterbury, Conn. Memorial contributions in Millie’s name may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association National Office, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601. For online condolences or more information, please visit

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