Dr. Al Zdanis passed away on Wednesday February 19, 2014 at his daughter Patricia's home in Franklin, TN following 10 months of hospice care. He was born in Oakville, CT. on November 1, 1917. He received his Medical degree at Tufts Medical School in Boston, Mass in 1943. He completed his internship at Waterbury Hospital in CT. and then went into the Service in WWII. He fought in the Battle of Iwo Jima with the United States Marine Corps. After his military service he returned to Boston, Mass and trained in Internal Medicine and Oncology for two years at the VA Hospital in West Roxbury. He then transferred to the VA Hospital in Montgomery. He practiced Internal Medicine and Oncology two years and then went into practice in Montgomery. He retired in 1991. He served on the State Teachers Retirement Board for 20 Years. He participated in the founding and development of MIND in the city for the treatment of dyslexic and brain damaged children in 1962. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Eloise Schumacher Zdanis; grandchildren, Angel Taylor and Jessica Zdanis. He is survived by his wife, Barbara and children, Patricia (Michael) Keef, Karen (Dennis) Taylor, Michael (Lynn) Zdanis, Woody (Barbara) Thrasher and Kimberly (Cameron) Sauce; Grandchildren, Matthew Keef, Emily Keef, Elizabeth Zdanis, Emily Thrasher Caldwell, Jack Thrasher, C.J. and Nicholas Sauce.
Funeral Services will be held at Our Lady Queen of Mercy on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. with visitation one hour prior to the Service. Burial will follow at Greenwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested memorials be made to Catholic Charities. Online condolences may be made at www.Leak-mc.com.
Published in the Montgomery Advertiser from Feb. 22 to Feb. 23, 2014