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Alfonsina (Senia) Zacchia Durling

Obituary for Alfonsina (Senia) Zacchia Durling

August 2, 1923 - January 3, 2018
San Antonio, Texas | Age 94


Alfonsina ("Senia") Zacchia Durling
2 August 1923 – 3 January 2018

Senia Durling passed away 3 January 2018 at the age of 94. She was born and raised in Santa Maria Capua Vetere, in the Region of Campagnia, Italy. She worked for the U.S. Army at the culmination of World War II in Caserta, where she met her future husband, Lewis Durling, a Staff Sergeant with the U.S. Army (Infantry). Shortly after meeting, Lewis transferred to Rome. However, as destiny should dictate, they met again upon Senia's chance transfer to Rome, where they later married. After serving honorably, Lewis left the Army to become a U.S. Government civilian, and would spend the next 40 years working as a Management/ Manpower Analyst. Senia accompanied Lewis on his various assignments that took them to Italy, Belgium, France, and Germany. Early in their marriage, they lived in Washington D.C. for five years where Senia became a U.S. citizen. Senia spent most of her life in Heidelberg, Germany; however, remained close to her brothers and their children. She and Lewis had three children, Lora Durling, Josette Kiel and Cindy Hildner, all now living in or near San Antonio, Texas. For the last three years, Senia has resided with her daughters in San Antonio.

Senia was preceded in death by her parents, Giuseppe and Carmela Zacchia; brothers Umberto, Giovanni, and Alfredo; sisters-in-law Gaetana and Assunta; her husband Lewis Durling; brothers-in-law George, Paul, Wesley, Lee Durling and Frank Rodriquez, sister-in-law Ila, and son-in-law Brigadier General Terence Hildner.

Senia is survived by her three daughters Lora Durling, Josette Kiel, and Cindy Hildner; son-in-law Jeffrey Kiel, granddaughter Jessica Kiel; nieces Carmensina Zacchia, Rosaria Zacchia, Giuseppina Zacchia and nephews Umberto Zacchia; Gianluca Zacchia and their families. She is also survived by grandchildren through marriage of her daughter Cindy – Brittany, Julie, Jonathan, and Ryan Hildner and their families; her sister-in-law Ruth Rodriguez, and nieces and nephews through marriage to Lewis that currently reside in Michigan.

15 January 2018
11:30 am -12:00 pm Holy Rosary
12:00 - 13:00 pm Mass/Memorial Service
St Peter Prince of the Apostles Catholic Church
111 Barilla Place
San Antonio, Texas 78209
Reverend LTC (Ret) Joseph Hannon will officiate.

Flowers are welcome. However, memorial contributions may also be made in lieu of flowers to St Jude's or a charity of your choice. Senia donated regularly to an orphanage for girls in southern Italy, which does not take online donations.

Senia will be interred with her husband at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery at 1:30 pm, following the service.

A reception will follow, with the location announced at the service.

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1101 McCullough Avenue
San Antonio, TX 78212
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