CANASTOTA >> Thomas W. Zerrahn, 83, of Genesee Street, passed away early Sunday morning, March 2, 2014, in Chittenango Center where he had been a resident for the past two weeks.
Born in Oswego on July 19, 1930, he was the youngest of nine children to Karl W. and Louise B. Kosbob Zerrahn. A resident of Canastota since 1999, formerly residing in Oswego and Liverpool, he was a graduate of Oswego High School, Class of 1948. He married the former Mary Lou Campbell Redding in St. Helena's Church in Sherrill on Aug. 21, 1999.
Tom was a veteran of the United States Army, serving in Korea from 1951-1953. After serving in the Army, he completed his Apprentice Training Program with General Electric in 1957. He retired in 1987 from General Electric in Syracuse where he was a Glass Shop Leader and engineer. Tom was raised in and attended St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Oswego and most recently was a communicant of St. Helena's Church.
He was a quiet man with a smile that captured many hearts. Tom did not say much but always made you laugh when he told you what he was thinking. He loved to play the organ, and he enjoyed playing computer games with children. He also enjoyed traveling and dancing and took lessons at Arthur Murray Dance Studio.
The family wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you to his home nurses since 2004 and to the nurses at Chittenango Center, who cared deeply for him.
Surviving besides his wife, Mary Lou are: one stepson, Kirk Redding and his fiancé Jennie Ciarelli of Rochester; one sister, Louise Keeler of Scriba; one brother, Carl "Mike" Zerrahn of Peru; two sisters-in-law and one brother-in-law, Jane Zerrahn and Marge and Charlie Weismore; several nieces and nephews and many close friends. He was predeceased by his former companion of 36 years, Rosalie Smith who died on 1993 and four brothers, Walter, Richard, Harold, George and two sisters, Ruth and Helen.
Funeral services will be 10:15 a.m. Friday from the Campbell-Dean Funeral Home, Inc., 260 Main St., Oneida and 11 a.m. from St. Helena's Church, where the funeral Mass will be celebrated by the Rev. William Mesmer, pastor. Interment will be made in St. Patrick's Cemetery, where full military honors will be accorded to him. Friends may call at the Campbell-Dean Funeral Home, Inc., 260 Main St., Oneida, on Thursday from 5-7 p.m. Contributions, in his memory, can be made to the Greater Lenox Ambulance Service, P.O. Box 382, Canastota, N.Y. 13032 or Wanderers Rest, P.O. Box 535, Canastota, N.Y. 13032 or Disabled American Veterans, 344 W. Genesee St., Syracuse, N.Y. 13202. To leave a message of condolence, please visit www.campbell-dean.com.
CAMPBELL-DEAN FUNERAL HOME, INC.
Campbell-Dean Funeral Home
260 Main St. Oneida, NY 13421
Published in The Oneida Daily Dispatch on Mar. 4, 2014