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Shadyside theater-lover was spirited fundraiser

| Thursday, April 29, 2010

Everyone on Dolores Bold's donor list knew what she wanted when she called.

"Dee and her husband, Walter, were a great team who raised money for such worthwhile organizations as the Twenty-Five Club of Magee-Womens Hospital," said Richard B. Fisher, chairman of Federated Securities and vice president of Federated Investors.

Fisher of Oakland recalled Mrs. Bold as a friend who spent a lifetime raising money for deserving charitable, educational and medical institutions.

Dolores Bold of Shadyside, a board member of the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera and a past president of the Civic Light Opera Guild, died on Wednesday, April 28, 2010, in UPMC Shadyside. She was 89.

The Bolds were involved with La Roche College in McCandless, where, because of their friendship and generosity, the college named its newest and largest residence the Bold Residence Hall, and the chapel, the Magdalen Chapel, in honor of Walter Bold's mother, Magdalena Mauer.

"Dolores became acquainted as a young lady with the Sisters of Divine Providence, who later founded La Roche College in 1963," said Sister Candace Introcaso, the college's president. "In the 1920s, Dolores' father, Michael Turk, who was a skilled woodworker and lumber merchant, built the steeple that sits atop the Motherhouse to this day."

A Shaler native, Dolores Turk was one of five children in the family of Michael and Mary Lokar Turk. Following graduation from Shaler High School, where she excelled as a student and graduated second in her class, Dolores Turk worked as a secretary until she married Walter Bold in 1953.

"It was typical of my aunt's love of the theater that, on their first date, they attended a Civic Light Opera production in Pitt Stadium," said her niece, Marilyn Lynch of Allison Park. "My aunt was a strong woman who was devoted to her husband's career, especially when he became associated with Federated Investors."

Dr. Elliott Kramer recalled Mrs. Bold's commitment to young people.

"Dee was interested in having young men and women who were interested in theater arts receive scholarships," Kramer said.

He recalled how Mrs. Bold established a scholarship for local high school seniors pursuing further education in the performing arts.

She was involved in The Starmakers Gala, an annual event that benefits students, programs and facilities at Point Park University's Conservatory of Performing Arts.

"Dolores inspired us with her volunteerism, her spirit and her zeal for creating a fairer and better Pittsburgh," said Jean Horne, executive editor of Fanfare Magazine.

In addition to her niece, Marilyn, Mrs. Bold is survived by her nephew, William R. Zinsmeister of Shaler. She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Bold in 1990; nieces Marie Zinsmeister, Stephanie Hollis and Agnes Pike; and nephew, Alvin Turk.

Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday in John A. Freyvogel Sons Inc., 4900 Centre Ave., Shadyside. A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday in St. Paul Cathedral, Oakland.

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