Frank Edward Zak passed away peacefully on February 23, 2014, at his home in Marysville. He was born on February 12, 1919, in Goldstone, Montana.
Frank moved with his family to Woodburn, Oregon, where he grew up on a farm with his nine brothers and sisters. He served in the United States Army during World War II
and then attended Oregon Technical Institute in Klamath Falls, Oregon, where he met and married the love of his life, Lela Bravo, in 1951. Frank and Lela moved to Marysville, California, the following year, where he repaired business machines for a few years before becoming a barber. His first job was in the Hotel Marysville barbershop. Frank operated his own barbershops in Yuba City and Marysville until he retired in 1988.
He and Lela were charter members of the Yuba Sutter Gleaners, and they enjoyed attending the Marysville Adult Activity Center. Frank was a longtime member of the Knights of Columbus Marysville Council 1869 and St. Joseph's Catholic Church.
They raised two daughters, Aleta and Deanna, and the family enjoyed many good times together with grandchildren Paul, Robert, and Cynthia. Frank enjoyed exercising and walking up until his last days. His faith in God kept him going through many challenges in his long life. Frank lived through three major floods in the Yuba-Sutter area, and he helped fill sandbags for the 1955 Flood.
Frank is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Lela Zak; his daughters, Aleta Zak of Marysville and Deanna Misner of West Covina, California; his sister, Anne Bonge of San Antonio, Texas; three grandchildren, Paul Misner of Beaumont, California, Robert Misner (and spouse Lani) of Westminster, California, and Cynthia Misner of Ontario, California; and many nephews and nieces.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Anna Zak, his sisters Josephine Brook, Lillian Avalon, Mary Zak, Martha Gall, and Rose Spagle, and his brothers Tony, John, and Louis Zak.
Memorial services include a viewing from 3-7 p.m. on Wednesday, February 26, at Lipp and Sullivan Funeral Directors, 629 D Street in Marysville; a Rosary at Lipp and Sullivan at 7 p.m. on Wednesday; and a Mass of Christian Burial on Thursday, February 27, at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph's Church, 7th and C Streets, Marysville. A graveside service will take place at Sierra View Cemetery, 4900 Olive Avenue, Olivehurst, followed by reception in St. Joseph's Church hall.
Donations in lieu of flowers may be sent to Yuba-Sutter Gleaners Food Bank, Inc., 760 Stafford Way, Yuba City, CA 95991.
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