Ronni S. Zoback, 68, of Tolland, GramZ, Mom, Sister, Friend, educator, and Mama Zo to all, died on March 30th from a heart that could just love and give no more.
She is predeceased by her one true love and best friend, Mark Zoback.
She leaves behind her children: Scott Zoback and Rachel Wolfberg of Newton, MA; Emily Silverman and Drew Silverman of Boston, MA; and her biggest joy, her grandson Micah Silverman. She also leaves behind brother Allen Spiegel of Pacific Grove, CA; sister-in-law and brother-in-law Michele and Michael Bank; sister-in-law Lynne Rocoff; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Bob Raphael and Vicki Moss; brother-in-law David Raphael. She also leaves behind nieces, nephews, cousins, and an extended “family” that went much deeper.
Ronni was born in Brooklyn, NY on November 26, 1953, the daughter of Charlie and Sally Spiegel. A graduate of Brooklyn College, Ronni never lost her NY accent, and carried a vibrancy and loving touch in every interaction that reverberated across decades and time zones.
She would always have a snack ready for every kid who stopped by her office or house; would make fast friends at gas stations and toll booths; and was a passionate educator for over 40 years.
But her one true love was Mark, and across his years of illness, she was a superhero mother and caretaker; raising two kids, working, and making sure he got world-class care, without missing a step. Her heart ached and broke for him, and never truly was whole after he passed. She lives on forever in the million pieces of her heart that she shared with thousands of people across her life.
The biggest love and thanks to the incredible care teams at Brigham and Women’s Hospital for years of compassionate, world-class care of both Ronni and Mark.
In their honor, and in lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to support the HeartPal Program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Memorial gifts can be made online at www.bwhgiving.org or checks can be made payable to Brigham and Women's Hospital with “in memory of Ronni Zoback” in the memo line and sent to: Brigham and Women's Hospital, Development Office, 116 Huntington Ave., 3rd floor, Boston, MA 02116.
Funeral will be held April 3 at 3:30 pm at Congregation Beth Sholom B'nai Israel in Manchester and will be livestreamed. Burial will follow at Temple B'nai Israel Cemetery in Mansfield at 5pm. Shiva will be observed at Ronni’s home in Tolland, CT on Sunday: 7-8, Monday and Tuesday: 5-8; and at her son’s home in Newton, MA on Wednesday and Thursday: 5-8. Masks will be optional; please join virtually for services or any evening if you have had any symptoms of sickness or exposures.
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