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Francis "ZEKE" Zygmuntowicz

ZYGMUNTOWICZ, FRANCIS "ZEKE", 78, passed away peacefully at home on February 28, 2014. He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Natalie Zygmuntowicz and his children, Beth Zygmuntowicz, Susan Huff, Kathy Shoenfelt (Robert) and John Zygmuntowicz (Carolina). Zeke adored his grandchildren Nastassja, Yanek, Saskja, Kasia and Mila. He is predeceased by his parents John and Helen Zygmuntowicz, and sisters Margaret Dozier and Betty Zygmuntowicz. A New York native, Zeke graduated from St. Anthony of Padua Preparatory and Minor Seminary School where he was an outstanding athlete who played varsity sports. After high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. His 20 year military career included tours of duty in Europe and Vietnam where he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for heroic service. During his military service he attended Loyola University in New Orleans, Louisiana receiving a degree in criminology, George Washington University in Washington, D.C. receiving a degree as a linguist and completed his education with a Bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Tampa where he graduated the "first" summa cum laude in the University's 40 year history. After retiring as a Special Agent with the Office of Special Investigation with the U.S. Air Force, Zeke retired from a second career with the State of Florida's Division of Public Fraud as an Area Supervisor. A man of faith, he always faced life's challenges with dignity. He loved his family near and far and taught us to live life to the fullest. He will be laid to rest with Military Honors in Jena, Louisiana. Donations in Zeke's memory may be sent to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675 or online at www.woundedwarriorproject.org


Published in Miami Herald on Mar. 9, 2014
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