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Emma M. "Mandy" Zerlando, 103, a longtime resident of Middletown and owner of the Log Cabin Inn restaurant, died August 2 at Monticello House at Riddle Village. She was the widow of Ernest Zerlando, who died in 1990. Together they built, owned and operated the Log Cabin Inn restaurant from 1949 until 1993, when the landmark restaurant was destroyed by fire. The original structure was built by hand in 1948 by Mr. and Mrs. Zerlando and her son, Richard Schultz. The restaurant grew over the years from a one-room inn, with a fireplace for heat, which seated 40 guests, to one of the area's largest restaurant and banquet facilities. For 40 years, the Log Cabin was famous for fine dining and live stage shows. Patrons enjoyed local and national comedians here, including Cozy Morley, Joey, Mel and Rummy Bishop; Rodney Dangerfield; Fisher and Marks; Phil Jay; Bunny Sigler; Bill Haley and Tony Santoro, to name a few. Over the years, the banquet facility was the setting for school reunions, political functions, weddings, proms and expositions. Mrs. Zerlando's life was dedicated to the growth and success of the Log Cabin Inn. Over the years, the log Cabin's dining and entertainment fare changed to meet the taste of the patrons. Big bands, comedy, rock and roll, disco and country music were all presented over the years. Even though her husband, son, and later grandson Richard Jr., handled the daily operations, Mrs. zerlando was the undisputed boss and decision-maker at the Log Cabin. Mrs. Zerlando was a member of Nativity BVM Church, Media. She was predeceased by her son, richard J. Schultz, in 1999. She is survived by a daughter, Gloria Greene of Middletown; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren. Interment Media Cemetery. Memorial contributions to an animal shelter of the donor's choice would be appreciated.