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Thursday, February 08, 2018 1:00 am

Retired banker to get Tapestry Dedication honor

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Mary Ann Ziembo has been named the 2018 Linda L. Ruffolo Dedication Award honoree and will be honored April 27 at Tapestry: A Day for You, sponsored by IPFW and Parkview Health.

Ziembo, who had a long career in the banking industry, grew up in Detroit with two brothers.

She married Mike Ziembo, and after he completed his military service in Germany they moved to Fort Wayne, where he accepted a position at Lincoln Life. They have three sons, Mike, Steve and Zack, and seven grandchildren, who all live in the Fort Wayne area.

Ziembo started her banking career as a teller at People's Trust Bank in 1976. She worked her way up to senior vice president of private banking at PNC, just recently retiring. 

Active in the community, Ziembo has been a board member for many nonprofit organizations, helping with fundraising and money management. Currently, she is on boards at Erin's House and Francine's Friends and on the distribution committee for the English Bonter Mitchell Foundation. She has also served the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Neighborhood Health Clinic and the Fort Wayne Drug and Alcohol Consortium.

“Through my career, I have been fortunate to meet and work with some of the finest people in our community,” Ziembo said in a statement. “My customers and associates have made me a better and wiser person. I cherish these lasting friendships and experiences.”

Past Dedication Award recipients include Hana Stith, Dorothy Kittaka, Weezie (Mary Louise) Doermer, Harriett and Julie Inskeep,  Ione Auer, Pat Miller and Barbara Baekgaard, among others.

Linda Ruffolo joined IPFW in November 1995 as director of development and was executive director of development until retiring in June 2014. She helped with numerous organizations, from Arts United and Fort Wayne Philharmonic to Study Connection and Fort Wayne Youtheatre. Ruffolo died in March 2015 and received the Tapestry Dedication Award posthumously in 2016.

Tapestry's executive committee decided to name the award in Ruffolo's honor beginning in 2017. She and Irene Walters, who also retired from the university after serving as executive director of University Relations and Communications, founded the event and both were original members of the Tapestry steering committee.

Registration for Tapestry: A Day for You begins Feb. 23, and will be available online at ipfw.edu/tapestry.