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John R. Zenie

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John R., 50, of Guilford, CT, died peacefully on Monday, March 18th surrounded by his loving family. John was born on January 24, 1963 in New Jersey, son of John Ely and Ruth Zenie of Branford. He was the devoted husband to Kathleen LabanaraZenie and proud father of Katelyn Capri Zenie and Matthew John Zenie. John graduated from Northern Valley Regional High School in Old Tappan, NJ, Class of 1981, where he lettered in football and track. John received his undergraduate degree from Northeastern University and completed his prosthetic and orthotic education at Northwestern University. John continued his education, receiving his Masters in Healthcare Management/Finance from Quinnipiac University. John specialized in upper extremity prosthetic rehabilitation and was a member of the ABC. He was the author of numerous articles, as well as an annual lecturer at Dartmouth Medical Center in New Hampshire. John dedicated his life to helping others. His proudest accomplishments were providing upper extremity prosthetic services to U.S. soldiers injured in Iraq and Afghanistan at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Besides helping Veterans, he provided services to both children and adults though his private practice, Comprehensive Prosthetics Services in Branford. John had a variety of interests and hobbies; including riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle, scuba diving, deep-sea fishing, boating, hunting, building, and was a merchant marine officer. He had his Captain's license and enjoyed navigating his boat through the Connecticut and Long Island waters. Besides his wife, children and parents, John is survived by his stepson Steven and his fiancée Jennifer Miller; his sister, Sharon Bracken and her husband John Bracken, and their daughters Sarah and Katie, all of Ridgefield. The family wishes to thank the staff at Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven and Connecticut Hospice for their caring and compassionate care of John. Funeral services will be private at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105; or to The Connecticut Hospice, 100 Double Beach Road, Homeport Cove, Branford, CT 06405. To send online condolences to the family, please visit
Published in The Record/Herald News on Mar. 24, 2013
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