Of Seneca Manor in Verona, formerly of Churchill, age 95, passed away peacefully on Friday, October 8, 2021, at UPMC East. Albert grew up in Donora, PA, and joined the U.S. Navy during World War II where he served as a signalman, directing planes landing on aircraft carriers. He attended Waynesburg University where he met the love of his life, Louise Patch. One of his proudest accomplishments was writing the fight song for his alma mater.
After marrying, Al and Louise moved to Philadelphia where he attended Hahnemann Medical College. Helping people became his life goal as evidenced by his 60+ year career as a doctor. From his private practice to Shadyside Hospital and bariatrics, he reached a multitude of people by providing comfort and sage medical advice. He never hesitated to make a house call any time of day or night!
Albert had many passions and talents. His love of painting resulted in hundreds of original watercolors that he painted for family members and friends. He was also a pretty good magician often sharing a new trick to delight any audience! Singing, especially barbershop quartet, and playing the harmonica graced many family gatherings. During his later years, he brought smiles to many residents at Seneca Manor by leading them in song whenever he could!
Most of all, Albert loved spending time with his family and was affectionately known as “Pappy”. He loved to travel with his wife and children and enjoyed keeping up with the lives of his 9 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. He made sure to never miss a birthday or an anniversary, sending cards for every occasion and ending his notes with his famed signature: “love and stuff, Pappy”
Albert leaves behind a legacy of a life to be celebrated. His family will miss him dearly and forever keep his spirit in their hearts. He is survived by his children, Elise Spina (Nicholas), Brian Zido (Victoria), and Janet O’Neill (Kevin); his grandchildren, Susan Spina, Nicholas Spina, Sarah Cosgray, Matthew O’Neill, Kelly O’Hara, Michael O’Neill, Elizabeth Zido, Claire Biggs, and Claudia Zido; and five great-grandchildren. Dr. Zido will be interred with his beloved wife, Louise P. Zido, in the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies.
Donations in Dr. Zido’s memory may be made to UPMC Seneca Manor, 5340 Saltsburg Road, Verona PA 15147, or UPMC Shadyside Hospital, 5230 Centre Ave., Pittsburgh PA 15232.
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