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Marion Weissbord Azzarita, 81, of Hickory, passed away on Sunday, September 21, 2013 at Moses Cone Hospital in Greensboro, NC.

Born March 11, 1932 in Milltown, NJ, she was the daughter of the late Marion Kostelnick and Robert Weissbord.

Marion's interests included reading, gardening and researching genealogy. She was an avid cook and enjoyed entertaining family and friends. Marion was also an animal lover, often adopting injured and stray animals.

She is survived by her husband, Frank Xavier Azzarita; a daughter, Joyce Lum and husband Steve of Kirkland, WA; two sons: Mike Azzarita and wife Elena of Hickory, NC, Frank C. Azzarita and wife Susan of Greensboro, NC; and grandchildren: Quinton and Maddy Lum, both of Kirkland, WA, Katie, Michael and Ben Azzarita, all of Hickory, NC, Olivia, Paige, and Ivy Azzarita, all of Greensboro, NC.

A funeral mass will be held at 10:00 AM on Friday, October 4, 2013 at St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Hickory with Father Bob Ferris officiating. Burial will be held in Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.

The family will receive friends from 9:00 – 10:00 PM prior to the service at the church.

Memorials may be made in her honor to The Arthritis Foundation, www.arthritis.org.

Bass-Smith Funeral Home in Hickory is serving the family of Marion Weissbord Azzarita and condolences may be left at www.bass-smithfuneralhome.com.