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Eraldo Zaro Passed away May 13, 2013, at the age of 92, after a valiant battle with cancer. He leaves behind, to mourn his loss, his wife of 61 years, Kathryn. Eraldo is survived by two daughters, Mary Ann Halligan and Susan Hayes, both of Rohnert Park. He will be mourned by son-in-law Jim Hayes, and his four grandchildren: Dan Halligan of Rohnert Park, Anthony Halligan of Santa Rosa, Matthew Hayes, of Rohnert Park, Jessica Hayes, and her fianc‚, Mike Bender, of Santa Rosa. He is preceded in death by beloved son, Charles Zaro, of Mill Valley, and beloved son-in-law, John D. Halligan of Rohnert Park. Eraldo was born in 1921 in the Lombardy region of Italy. Along with his mother, Giussepina, he came to the United States as a young boy to unite with his father Carlo, who had forged a life for them in America five years earlier. He grew up in San Rafael and graduated from San Rafael High School around 1938. He once remarked that during his lifetime, he was able to observe the many amazing advancements in science and technology that took place during the 20th, and early 21st century. Eraldo bravely served in the United States Marine Corps, Third Division, Company B, during World War II. He survived the attack on Pearl Harbor, and subsequently fought in many battles that ensued afterward, including Guadalcanal and Iwo Jima. He and his parents were proud of their American citizenship, and Eraldo was eager to protect and serve this country. He met the love of his life, Kathryn, at a large Thanksgiving get-together in 1950. They married shortly after, settled in San Rafael, and then in Mill Valley, with their growing family. Eraldo was a Civil Engineer, and worked for the County of Marin, for over 28 years, as Chief of Surveys in the Department of Public works. He retired from Marin County in 1983, and enjoyed a vibrant, healthy and long retirement, up until just recently. While he was employed by the County of Marin as Chief of Surveys Eraldo was involved in many major projects during that 28 years: Development of the Civic Center Complex and Fairgrounds; construction of Sir Francis Blvd. from Hwy 101 to College Ave.; construction of North and South, San Pedro Rd.; construction of Nicasio Rd; and the construction related to the relocation of Point Reyes-Petaluma Rd.. Much of the current open space under the ownership of Marin County, during his employ, was surveyed under Eraldo's control and guidance. A devoted family man, he enjoyed his varied hobbies: photography, watercolor painting, watching sailboats on the Bay, fishing in the beautiful waterways of Marin County, as well as gardening, even if it meant wrangling with the gophers! He also loved animals, and we are sure that many former pets, such as Ginger, the orange tabby cat, who helped him with the gopher problem, and Alex, the furry black and feisty dog, greeted him on his return to heaven. Eraldo believed in treating everyone respectfully, regardless of their race, religion or nationality, and harbored no resentments, nor ill will, towards anyone. He made sure to teach his own children to live a life free of prejudice, as well. Eraldo will be laid to rest Saturday, May 18 at Mount Tamalpais Cemetery in San Rafael, with a graveside service at 12:30 PM. Friends and neighbors are welcome to attend. If you wish to make a donation in memory of Eraldo Zaro, please consider the American Red Cross, or organizations that support research towards finding a cure for cancer.
Published in Marin Independent Journal from May 16 to May 20, 2013
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