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Edward J. Ziener, Jr., 76, Rockford resident and Father to Chicago Resident, Michael J. Ziener, died from cancer peacefully surrounded by his family on Friday, Sept. 7, 2012, in Resurrection Medical Center, Chicago. Born June 28, 1936, son of Edward J. Sr. and Eileen M. (Cahill) Ziener. Ed graduated from Marquette University with a degree in Business Administration. He married Sharon A. Marinelli in Rockford on June 27, 1970. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, serving both active and reserve duty. He retired in 1998 as an Independent Insurance Broker. His Philanthropic activities included: 3 term president of the Marquette University Alumni Club, Past President of the Catholic Social Services Board of Directors, member of the Board of Directors of Catholic Community Center and many other committees making an impact in Northern Illinois. Ed fought cancer for over 24 years and was diagnosed with his first cancer after losing his wife to breast cancer in 1982. He was diagnosed with five different cancers including two stage 4 diagnosis. Through his fight with the disease, he raised two children successfully on his own, both now with careers in finance and the non-for-profit sector. Ed was devoted to his family, his community and was a man of great faith. Survivors include his son, Michael J. Ziener; daughter, Mary Ann (Terry) Brown; grandchildren, Brittany Charlene Brown, Patrick Michael Brown and Nicholas Michael Ziener. Predeceased by his wife, Sharon, on August 16, 1982; his sister, Marsha Schilling on Sept. 23, 2004; and his parents. Visitation from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, at Fitzgerald Funeral Home & Crematory, Mulford Chapel, 1860 S. Mulford Road, Rockford, IL, with a Christian Wake Service to be held at 7:30 p.m. Memorial Mass at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 14, 2012, in Holy Family Catholic Church at 4401 Highcrest Road, Rockford. Visitation also from 10 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. at the church on Friday. Private family burial in St. Mary/St. James Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family for distribution at a later date. These may be sent to Fitzgerald Funeral Home, c/o the Ziener family. Express condolences and share memories at www.fitzgeraldfh.com.
Published in a Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication on Sept. 12, 2012
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