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AGE: 80 • Neptune
Robert Richard Zanzalari, died on Tuesday, June 21, 2011 at Jersey Shore Medical Center, Neptune. He was 80. Born in Perth Amboy, he resided in Woodbridge for many years before moving to Neptune 9 years ago. Mr. Zanzalari was a graduate of Perth Amboy High School; received his Bachelors of Education degree from the University of Alabama in 1952; and his Masters Degree in Education from Rutgers University. He was a teacher for several years in the Woodbridge Township School System before being named principal, first at School 25 in Fords and then at School 20 in Colonia. He retired in 1990. He was a communicant of Saint James Catholic Church in Woodbridge; a United States Army veteran of the Korean War; life member of the Italian Tripoli Club, Perth Amboy; and belonged to the Deutscher Club, Clark; and the NJEA. He also served as an academic recruiter for the University of Alabama for many years.
Mr. Zanzalari was predeceased by a sister, Shirley Johnson; and a grandson, Joseph "Joey" Zanzalari. Surviving are his wife of 52 years, Dorothea Kaiser Zanzalari; four sons, Robert M. Zanzalari and his wife, Terry, of Barnegat, Kenneth P. Zanzalari and his wife, Susan, of Franklin, IN, Thomas A. Zanzalari and his wife, Gail, of Carteret and Richard V. Zanzalari and his wife, Loretta, of Westbrook, CT; and 11 grandchildren Danielle, Robert, Brittany, Ryne, Patrick, Logan, Lindsey, Kendal, Zachary, Alexandra and Nicholas.
Funeral services will be on Friday, June 24, 2011 at 9:45 a.m. from the Costello-Greiner Funeral Home (www.costello-greiner.com), 44 Green Street, Woodbridge. A Funeral liturgy will follow at 10:30 a.m. at Saint James Catholic Church, Woodbridge. Interment will be in Saint Gertrude Cemetery, Colonia. Visitation for family and friends will be on Thursday from 4-8 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association (http://www.lungusa.org/), 1301 Pennsylvania Avenue, Suite 800, Washington, DC 20004.
Published in Asbury Park Press on June 22, 2011