Margaret A. Zalka
Elyria -- Margaret A. Zalka, 84, of Elyria, died Monday, Oct. 6, 2003, at EMH Regional Medical Center, Elyria, following a brief illness.
She was born May 27, 1919, in Oberlin, [graduated from OHS in 1938,] and was a lifelong Elyria area resident.
Ms. Zalka was employed in the surgery department of the former Elyria Memorial Hospital for 30 years, retiring in 1981.
She was a member of St. Jude Catholic Church, Elyria. She enjoyed reading, flowers and crossword puzzles.
Survivors include nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews, and great-great nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her sisters Helen Charnowski and Mary Shook; and brothers Vincent, Louis and Joseph Zalka.
Friends may call Wednesday, 4 to 7 p.m., at Bauer-Laubenthal Funeral Home, 38475 Chestnut Ridge Road, Elyria. Services there Thursday at 10:30 a.m. will be followed at 11 a.m. by Mass in St. Jude Church, 590 Poplar St. Burial will be in St. Mary Cemetery, Elyria.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Church, 590 Poplar St., Elyria 44035; or Second Harvest Foodbank, 7445 Deer Trail Lane, Lorain 44053
The Morning Journal, Lorain, Ohio, Wednesday, October 08, 2003.
Franklin Henry Zavodsky, 79, of Oberlin, died Jan. 19 at Allen Memorial Hospital.
Born in Cleveland, he had lived in Oberlin all his life [and was a 1936 graduate of OHS].
After Army service in World War II, he began his long career with the city of Oberlin. During his 50 years of work, he served as Westwood Cemetery Sexton, Director of Public Works, and several times as Acting City Manager.
He was a past president of the Oberlin Exchange Club, honorary trustee of Oberlin Historical and Improvement Organization, and a member of the American Legion Post 102. Recently, he had joined the advisory board of Oberlin Seniors.
Mr. Zavodsky was a recipient of the Paul Harris Award from the Oberlin Rotary Club, and a past recipient of the News-Tribune’s Oberlinian of the Year Award. He was also active in the Oberlin tree planting program.
Survivors include his wife, Carol (nee Shreffler); daughters Barbara Love of Coopersville, Mich., and Robin Jindra of Oberlin; and three grandchildren.
A private family burial was held at Westwood Cemetery.
A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 7, at First Church in Oberlin with the Rev. Douglas S. Long officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Oberlin Public Library.
Zavodsky worked as public servant
The ever-changing face of local history will have another significant entry to record following the death of longtime public servant Frank Zavodsky on Jan. 19 at the age of 79.
Anyone who knows a little about Oberlin, or has come to know more about its ancestors, has probably benefited from the work of Zavodsky, the Westwood Cemetery sextant until 1984 and unofficial historian of the area.
Zavodsky first came to Oberlin when he was eight years old in 1925. He married his high school sweetheart, Carol, and together they became partners in life and work.
Last Feb. 3, 12 years after Frank Zavodsky retired, he was honored with a reception at the Oberlin Historical and Improvement Organization’s Monroe House.
He was hired by the city in 1946 as a waterworks helper and was soon hired as the cemetery director. According to an article which appeared in the Aug. 12, 1976 edition of the News-Tribune, the Zavodskys were given a small bungalow in the deal, located at 429 Morgan St.
Built in 1884, the house was dilapidated, but the Zavodskys were not deterred, remodeling it over the years. At the time, there were no street lights by the house, it had no electricity and few neighbors.
They knocked out walls, rewired the house, installed plumbing and added a family of two daughters, Robin and Barbara.
During his career Zavodsky went from waterworks helper to cemetery chief to public works director, in charge of all city utility activities except the electric plant, with occasional stints as acting city manager. He was public works director from 1954 to 1970 and served under more than a half dozen city managers.
He and his wife were instrumental, if not solely responsible, for the cemetery which they took over at a time when it was jokingly called “Westweed” Cemetery. They used sparse funds from the tree fund to buy trees in quantity to landscape the cemetery.
Zavodsky officially retired in 1984, after nearly 50 years of work for the city. But he continued to keep busy, selling grave sites and meeting with funeral directors. He and his wife became genealogists of sorts, helping visitors trace their family histories.
His knowledge of those buried in the cemetery was immeasurable and a source of information for many.
In an article which appeared in the Jan. 30, 1996 issue of the News-Tribune, Zavodsky said of his wife, and life’s work, “She’s my partner, not my helper. It would be hard for me to do what I do here without her, but that’s the way it’s always been.”
In the time since he retired, Zavodsky helped put together a computer-generated list of those buried at Westwood. He continued to give tours, pointing out the graves of famous Oberlinians.
Photograph caption: Last year, Frank Zavodsky and his wife, Carol, look over an old map of the city, found and restored.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, January 28, 1997, p. 9.
Cleveland -- Charles ''Stanley'' Zbydnowski, 86, of Cleveland, died Thursday, Oct. 17, 2002, at Rae Ann Nursing Home, Cleveland, following a lengthy illness.
He was born in Oberlin [graduated from Oberlin High School in 1935] and had been a resident of Cleveland since 1943.
He worked at the Amherst Quarry in the early 1940s and also worked on several farms in the Oberlin area. He was a former member of Sacred Heart Church, Oberlin. He enjoyed farming.
Survivors include his sisters, Cecelia Zgrabic of Oberlin, Helen Romanowski of Cleveland, Wanda Jurco of North Ridgeville and Dorothy Adams of Miami; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brothers, John and Joseph; and parents, Wtadiskawa and Adam Zbydnowski.
Friends may call Monday from 8:30 a.m. until time of prayer services at 9:30 a.m. at David Bogner Family Funeral Home, 36625 Center Ridge Road, North Ridgeville. Mass will follow at 10 a.m. at St. Peter Catholic Church, 35777 Center Ridge Road, North Ridgeville with the Rev. Thomas J. Pajk officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Elyria.
The Morning Journal, Lorain, Ohio, Saturday, October 19, 2002.
Joseph Henry Zbydniowski, 88
Rev. Arthur A. Zebbs
The Rev. Arthur Alvin Zebbs, 66, of Lyndhurst, former pastor of Rust United Methodist Church in Oberlin, died Jan. 23, at Meridia Hillcrest Hospital after a heart attack at his home.
He was born in Oberlin and graduated from Oberlin High School [in 1945]. After graduating from Dillard University in New Orleans, La., he earned the B.D. degree from the Oberlin Graduate School of Theology and the Div.M. degree from Vanderbilt School of Theology.
Rev. Zebbs served as pastor of two churches in Illinois and five in Ohio. Then, after semi-retirement, he became associate pastor of Cory United Methodist Church in Cleveland in July 1992.
During the 1960s he was director of the Conference of Racial Equality in Columbus, director of the Southeast Center of the Columbus Metropolitan Area Community Action Organization, and director of the Black Studies department at Denison University.
For 10 years he wrote a column for the Columbus Call and Post.
Survivors include his wife, Lillian “Shannon”; daughters, Gloria Anderson of Columbus and Sybil “Candy” White of Mansfield, La.; sons, Alvin Marti Zebbs of Columbus and Arthur Amil Zebbs of Lyndhurst; 10 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and his mother, Emma Anna Zebbs of Oberlin.
He was preceded in death by his father, William Arthur Zebbs, and a daughter Emily Beal.
Services were at the Cory United Methodist Church, Cleveland, on Jan. 28, his birthday.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, February 2, 1993, p. 2.
Irene Elizabeth Zelenka
Elyria -- Irene Elizabeth Zelenka, 84, of Elyria, passed away March 17, 2008, at Elyria Memorial Hospital in Elyria.
Born on Feb. 27, 1924, Irene had lived all her life in the Elyria and Oberlin areas. She was a graduate of Oberlin High School in 1942. She was a toll collector on the Ohio Turnpike at Exit 8 for 15 years. Irene was past secretary to Women Senior Fellowship, Elyria. She was a member of LaGrange Craft Club and Lorain Co. Craft Club. She enjoyed crafts, music, seamstressing, puzzles and family.
She was preceded in death by father, George Bare; mother, Frances Lazelle Bare; first husband, Joseph Tkach; second husband, Charles Zelenka; son, Ronald W. Tkach; grandson, Jeremy Deulley; and sister, Ernestine Marie Schmitz.
She is survived by son, James H. Zelenka, of Elyria; daughters Virginia R. Goetz and Carol A. Buckley, both of Elyria; 16 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be Thursday, March 20, 2008, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Cowling Funeral Home, 228 S. Main St., Oberlin. A funeral service will be Friday, March 21, 2008, at 10 a.m. at the funeral home. Pastor Richard Kretchmar, of Zion United Methodist Church, will officiate. Interment will be at Westwood Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 5455 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43214; or Zion United Methodist Church, 43720 Telegraph Rd., Elyria, OH 44035
The Morning Journal, Lorain, Ohio, Wed., March 19, 2008.
Carl (Pat) Zimmerman, 62, a resident of 111 Hollywood here prior to 1969 when he moved to Palmetto, Fla., died in Allen Hospital Monday following a long illness.
Zimmerman owned and operated Pat Zimmerman Motors in Elyria from 1947 until his retirement about two months ago.
He was a member and former trustee of First Church, a member of the Elks lodge, [a 1929 graduate of OHS,] and a 1932 graduate of Ashland College. He was a navy veteran who served during World War II.
Surviving are a son, Dr. Eric Zimmerman of Columbus; a daughter, Mrs. Paul (Carla) Rimelspach of Elyria; a step-daughter, Linda Haskins of Florida; four step-sons, David and Bruce Haskins of Dayton, Dennis Haskins of Elyria, and Richard Haskins Jr. of North Olmsted; six grandchildren; his mother, Mrs. Florence Zimmerman of Fremont; two brothers, Dr. John Zimmerman of Fremont and Leon Zimmerman of Leesburg, Va.; five sisters, Mrs. Paul (LaVerne) Sloan of Houghton, Mich., Mrs. Laighton (Helen) Crowe of Chicago Heights, Ill., Mrs. Kenneth (Dorothy) Gager of Washington, Mrs. Ralph (Mildred) Marke of Skippack, Pa., and Mrs. Martin (Gertrude) Rogers of Brockport, N.Y.
His first wife, Louise, died in 1959, and his wife, Wilma Ruth, died on Aug. 28.
Friends will be received at Cowling Funeral Home today (Thursday) from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Services will be held in the funeral home tomorrow at 1 p.m. with the Rev. John Elder officiating. Burial will be in Westwood Cemetery.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, October 18, 1973, p. 4.
Ex-Mayor May Have Suffered a Heart Attack
City Council member and former Mayor Eleanor [nee Geauman] Zimmerman died of an apparent heart attack Monday. She was 77.
Zimmerman, who was serving her first term on the council, was mayor of Norwalk [Calif.] from April 1997 to April 1998.
Friends remembered her as a city pioneer and tireless volunteer for a legion of community organizations, such as the Mayor's Prayer Breakfast Committee, Norwalk Community Coordinating Council, Friends of the Norwalk Libraries, Soroptimist International of Norwalk and the Norwalk Women's Club.
Zimmerman, who owned the Norwalk Travel Center for many years, also served on a variety of governmental advisory boards, including the Los Angeles County Sanitation District and the League of California Cities. Zimmerman, who was born in Oberlin, Ohio, on Dec. 18, 1920, [graduated from Oberlin High School in 1938 and] attended Bowling Green State University in Ohio before moving to Norwalk some 51 years ago. She continued her education at Cerritos and Whittier colleges. She was married to John Zimmerman, a member of Norwalk's first City Council and a former mayor. Her husband died in 1992.
Tony Ayala, the city's community information officer, said a decision hasn't yet been made on how Zimmerman's replacement on the council might be chosen.
Zimmerman is survived by her sister, Midge Bringuel of Rancho Palos Verdes, and two sons, Guy Wesley Zimmerman of Sun Valley and Gary James Zimmerman of Placentia.
Funeral arrangements for Zimmerman will include a viewing at the Chapel of Memories, 12626 S. Woods Ave., Norwalk. Call (562) 863-8731 for details. The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Friday at the Norwalk United Methodist Church, 13200 San Antonio Drive, Norwalk, followed by interment at Little Lake Cemetery, 11959 Lakeland Road, Santa Fe Springs.
The family requests donations to the Zimmerman Schoolhouse in care of the Wood County Park District, 18729 N. Mercer Road, Bowling Green, Ohio 42402.
Long Beach Press-Telegram, Long Beach, Calif., Wednesday, June 17, 1998, p. A4.
Bellevue: John Lyman Zimmerman, M.D., 86, 108 Roth Court, Bellevue, passed away Thursday, February 25, 2010, in his home following a lengthy illness.
He was born January 31, 1924, in Castalia, Ohio, the son of the late John Carl and Florence C. Delfs Zimmerman. He married his wife, the former Jean Wagner Wilker, on November 7, 1981, in St. Mark's Lutheran Church, Fremont.
Dr. Zimmerman grew up in Oberlin, graduating from Oberlin High School in 1941. He attended Oberlin College for 3-1/2 years, playing varsity football and basketball. Despite his lifelong dream of becoming a physician, he left college early in 1943 during World War II in order to enlist in the U.S. Army Air Corps. Following his training to become a B-17 pilot, he was shipped to Deenethorpe, England.
He was on his second mission as the co-pilot of the "Round Tripper," a B-17, when the plane was shot down by the Germans on August 6, 1944. The plane, landed in the Baltic Sea where it was ditched as the crew attempted to reach the safe shores of Sweden in inflatable rafts. Instead, they were picked up by a German patrol boat and incarcerated in German prisoner of war camps. Dr. Zimmerman was held as a POW for nine months in three different German camps before being freed by General George Patton's Third Army troops.
Doctor John – or "Doc" – returned to his studies at Oberlin College in 1945. He left Oberlin in June 1947 when he was able to enter the University of Michigan's School of Medicine without completing his bachelor's degree. He graduated from the U of M in 1951 and spent a one-year internship at Riverside Hospital, Toledo, and one year studying internal medicine at Mercy Hospital, Toledo. He completed a four-year residency in pathology at Mercy Hospital and fellowship at Charity Hospital in New Orleans, LA.
In 1957, Doctor John joined the late Ed L. Burns, M.D., in providing pathology services at Mercy Hospital, Toledo, and in smaller area hospitals, including in Fremont and Bellevue. He became the pathologist at Memorial Hospital, Fremont, on October 10, 1960. He also served Bellevue Hospital and Port Clinton's Magruder Hospital, while continuing professional obligations in Toledo.
In Fremont, Dr. Zimmerman teamed with Walter W. "Woody" Randolph Jr., M.D., to form ZIRRM Pathology. Dr. Zimmerman retired in 2000.
In addition to his work as a clinical pathologist, Doctor John also served for 11 years as assistant Sandusky County Coroner, retiring in 2004 when he turned 80.
Long known as a passionate University of Michigan fan, he was an avid outdoorsman and longtime golfing member of the Fremont Country Club and the Bellevue Elks Golf League for several years.
He was an active member of First United Methodist Church, in Bellevue; the Fremont Country Club, the Fremont Outing Club and the University of Michigan Victors Club.
He was a member of Bellevue Elks Lodge 1013, a former member of the Fremont Rotary Club which named him a Paul Harris Fellow, and several professional medical organizations, including the American Medical Association, College of American Pathologists, American Society of Clinical Pathologists and Ohio State Medical Association. He enjoyed playing cards and traveling with Jean and other family members to their cabin in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, to Sea Oats on Longboat Key, FL, with friends to Hawaii, Maine and Alaska, as well as fishing in the Arctic Circle and cross-country skiing at Benmiller, Canada.
He is survived by his wife, Jean; his children, Ellen Zimmerman (Jon) Huibregtse, of Massachusetts, Carolyn Zimmerman (Tom) McGinnis, of New Jersey, David Zimmerman, of Minnesota, Kurt (Nancy) Zimmerman, Maumee, Jane (David) Bohrer, of California, Mary Zimmerman, of Colorado, Molly (John) Legaj, of Wisconsin, Marie (Andy) Reinsel, of Pennsylvania, Gerald (Susan) Wilker, of Michigan, Elizabeth (David) Sfeir, Westlake, Ohio, and Christopher (Martha) Wilker, of Michigan; 26 grandchildren with another on the way; two great-grandchildren; and his first wife, Patricia Scott Zimmerman, Maumee.
He was preceded in death by his parents; six sisters, LaVerne Zimmerman Sloan, Dorothy Zimmerman Gayer, Helen Zimmerman Crowe, Gertrude Zimmerman Rogers, Mildred Zimmerman Mark, and Carol Zimmerman Hall; two brothers, Carl (Pat) Zimmerman and Leon D. Zimmerman; and his second wife, Rita Nieset Zimmerman, to whom he was married in the very early 1960s.
Friends will be received at First United Methodist Church, 901 Northwest St., Bellevue, on Saturday, February 27, from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m..
A memorial funeral service will be held Sunday, February 28, at 2:00 p.m. at First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Jane-Ann Clarke, pastor, officiating.
In lieu of flowers or other tributes, memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church, 901 Northwest St., Bellevue, OH 44811; Memorial Hospital Hospice, 430 S. Main St., Clyde, OH 43410; or to Fish and Loaves Emergency Food Pantry, 203 Maple St., Bellevue, OH 44811.
The Foos and Foos Funeral Service, 151 Yorkshire Place, Bellevue, is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.
Condolences may be shared at www.foosfuneral.com.
The News-Messenger, Freemont, Ohio, Friday, February 26, 2010.
Leon Zimmerman, 65, of Haywood, Va., died in Harrisburg, Pa., on Jan. 10.
He was born and raised in Oberlin [and graduated from Oberlin High School in 1943] before departing the city to enter the military in the early 1940s.
Mr. Zimmerman is survived by his wife, Patricia, four daughters, Becky Lynn Zimmerman of Paconian Springs, Va., Kathryn Z. Golden of Haywood, Janis E. Zimmerman of Toledo, Laura B. Zimmerman of Richmond, Va.; one brother, Dr. John L. Zimmerman of Bellevue; three sisters, Mrs. Paul Sloan of Haughton, Mich., Mrs. Kenneth Gayer of East Calais, Vt., and Mrs. Ralph Mark, of Richmond. Other survivors include a nephew, Richard McDaniel of Oberlin.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, April 2, 1991, p. 2.
Lam Trong Zuong died
Lam Trong Zuong, 27, was shot and killed Tuesday by a man with whom he had been talking on a San Francisco street. The man, also Vietnamese, escaped.
Zuong came to Oberlin in 1972  as an American Field Service exchange student and stayed to study at Oberlin College. His family became the first Vietnamese refugees to move to Oberlin; they lived with Doug and Mary Kirtz at 89 Parkwood.
Mrs. Kirtz said Zuong’s family did not know what Lam and the man had been talking about or the reason for the murder.
A native of Hanoi (now Ho Chi Minh City), Zuong was graduated from high school in Vietnam with highest honors. He stayed with the John Spencers when he came here as an AFS student and majored in math and philosophy at OC.
Although his father was a lieutenant colonel in the South Vietnamese army, Zuong was in sympathy with North Vietnam and held strong political views. When he first moved to San Francisco, he had a radio show but was fired for urging on the air that Ho Chi Minh’s birthday be celebrated.
In recent years he headed a non-profit foundation to educate and find jobs for Vietnamese youths, soliciting donations from corporations in the San Francisco area. He had just opened a Vietnamese restaurant called Au Co.
“But he lived in a crummy room in Oakland. Lam did not care about money for himself,” said Mrs. Kirtz.
Members of Zuong’s family who lived with the Kirtzes are brothers Nha, a mechanical engineer for Memorex in Santa Clara now, Lan, also a mechanical engineer, now with Kaiser Electronics in Santa Clara, and Son, who attended Cleveland State University and is now an engineering technician with Western Electric in San Francisco; and sister Nga, supervisor of the payroll department for a San Francisco firm.
Zuong’s father, Lang, was in Oberlin briefly after the family fled from Vietnam just before the fall of Saigon, and is now with Xerox Corp. in Dallas.
Zuong is also survived by a brother Hai in Munich, Germany, and a sister Hang, who with her husband and two children escaped from Vietnam among the boat people and now lives in Santa Clara.
The family name is spelled Duong; Lam changed his name to Zuong in California because that spelling is closer to the correct Vietnamese pronunciation of the name.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, July 23, 1981, p. 2.
Lam Trong Duong died July 21, 1981, in San Francisco, shot in the chest at close range by an assailant described as a young Vietnamese man. A group calling itself the Anti-Communist Viets Organization later claimed responsibility for the slaying. Police had few clues although an estimated 50 persons were possible witnesses to the 11:30 a.m. shooting.
Duong, who called himself Zuong in California because that spelling is closer to the correct Vietnamese pronunciation of the name, had been publishing a monthly newsletter sympathetic to North Vietnam and communisim. When he first went to California he had a radio show in San Francisco but was fired for urging on the air that Ho Chi Minh’s birthday be celebrated.
In 1977 he established the federally funded Vietnamese Youth Development Center, a refugee counseling and information agency. He left the center early in 1980 to work full time as a community organizer. Friends at the center said he was no threat to anybody even though he quoted Ho in his newsletter.
Duong was born in Hanoi, June 19, 1954. He came to Oberlin in 1972 as an AFS student [at OHS] and stayed on as a major in math and philosophy at the College [class of 1976]. His family became the first Vietnamese refugees to move to Oberlin.
His father, Lang, was a lieutenant colonel in the South Vietnamese army and is now with Xerox Corp. in Dallas. A brother, Lan, was enrolled at the college for the 1976 fall semester. He now is a mechanical engineer with Kaiser Electronics in Santa Clara. Others who lived in Oberlin are brothers Nha and Son and sister Nga. All are employed in California. Other survivors include brother Hai in Germany and sister Hang in Santa Clara.
The Oberlin Alumni Magazine, Oberlin, Ohio, Autumn 1981, p. 96.