Raymond G. Zorzi, 89, passed away Friday, April 5, 2013, in Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.
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Born Oct. 9, 1923, to the late Joseph and Adelaide Melchiori Zorzi, he was a life Wilkes-Barre resident, residing in the home in which he was born.
Ray graduated valedictorian at St. Mary's Catholic High School. He was a World War II veteran of the Army Air Corps and then returned to Wilkes-Barre and graduated in 1950 as a member of King's College first graduating class.
He worked in microbiology as a clinical bacteriologist for Lederle Laboratories, National Drug and Connaught Laboratories in Swiftwater, as the manager of production until his retirement. He subsequently owned and operated Floyd's Sew & Vac Center on Main Street, Luzerne.
Ray was a life member of St. Mary's and later St. Nicholas Catholic Churches and their Holy Name Societies, King's College Century Club and was a faithful fundraiser for King's College's Phonathon. A jack of all trades, he also enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening, especially his nearly 100 rose bushes. He was known for his ever present German Shorthair Pointers. He was a loving and always ready to help husband, father, uncle and grandfather.
He was the youngest of 11 children who all preceded him in death, as well as his granddaughter, Gina Godlewski.
Ray is survived by his wife of 55 years, Mary Castellani Zorzi; daughters: Karen Pizii (Jim), West Chester; Joan Godlewski (Bill), Jenkins Township; Donna Eury (Dave), Shavertown; Lisa Stein (Tom), Glen Allen, Va.; and son, retired Air Force Col. David Zorzi (Joanne Pappadakis), Clifton, Va.; grandchildren, Maria Grimaldi and Will Pizii; Steven, Jarod and Gregory Godlewski; Jacqueline, David, Nicholas and Jake Eury, Elise, Rachel and Erik Stein; DJ, Nina, Noah and Noelle Zorzi; three stepgrandchildren, Lindsey Pizii Doorey (Matt), Vince Pizii and Stephanie Stein Flynn (Jim); and many nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 9 a.m. Monday from Nat & Gawlas Funeral Home, 89 Park Ave., Wilkes-Barre, with a Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 9:30 a.m. in St. Nicholas Church, 226 S. Washington St., Wilkes-Barre. Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Hanover Township.
Friends may call from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be sent to the Sisters of Mercy Retirement Fund, P.O. BOX 370, Dallas, PA 18612, or to the
Online condolences may be sent by visiting Raymond's obituary at www.natandgawlasfuneralhome.com.
Published in Citizens' Voice on Apr. 6, 2013