on May 26, 2014 - 7:29 PM
May 2, 1924 – April 29, 2014
Alice “Ginger” Zittel, of Amherst, who began performing as a dancer as a girl and continued to perform into her 80s, died April 29 in the Brothers of Mercy Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Clarence. She was 89.
Born Alice Wobrock in Buffalo, she learned dance in Geraldine Hoffman’s studio and did modeling as a young woman.
Mrs. Zittel performed dance skating at Skateland and professional couple’s dance skating at Scott’s Roller Rink in Buffalo. She danced for a USO show hosted by Bob Hope and was a regular dancer on the Crystal Beach boat, the Canadiana, in the 1950s.
Later, Mrs. Zittel was a member of Sandy’s Senior Dance Group in Amherst and entertained at many shows in the University at Buffalo’s Center for the Arts. She danced at nursing homes and senior centers and was a volunteer at the Amherst Senior Center, receiving awards for her work. She retired from dancing after breaking a hip in a fall in 2006.
Her third husband, Albert Zittel, died in 1984.
A memorial Mass will be arranged in Our Lady of Fatima Shrine, 1023 Swann Road, Lewiston.