Donald Raymond "Bud" ZANOLINI

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  • "I worked for Zanolini Distributing from 1986-2005.Today at..."
    - Tim Cassidy
  • "Dear Kay, Dino, Dawna and families, Bud was a great..."
    - Marcy Magatelli
  • "Kay, Dino and the Zanolini family. My deepest sympathies..."
    - Steve Chisholm
  • "What a man and a great coach thanks for the memories Bud, I..."
    - Randal Locke
  • "Bud was a good man with a big heart. I worked for Zanolini..."
    - Pam (Burris) Lewis
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Passed away in Santa Rosa on Friday, November 9, 2012, at age 79. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Kay, his beloved children, Dino (Sara) Zanolini, and Dawna (Dennis) Rego, and grandchildren Darren Rego, Corinna Zanolini, and Luca Zanolini, all of Santa Rosa, and Dillon Rego of Brooklyn, NY. He also leaves sisters, Evelyn Dye and Barbara Larson, nephew Robert Zanolini and several nieces and nephews in Sonoma County. He was preceded in death by his parents, Silvio and Mamie Zanolini, and brothers, Joseph and Albert Zanolini. Bud was the baby of the family and as a child, worked alongside his Father on a horse and cart, picking prunes and bundling hops. A life-long resident of Santa Rosa, Bud graduated from Santa Rosa High School in 1952. He worked many years in wholesale food distribution, starting with Clover Milk and then for over 20 years with Hostess Cake. In 1978, he and Kay established Zanolini Distributing, which was in business for 33 years. He played semi-pro football for four years on the Petaluma Leghorns and semi-pro baseball on the Santa Rosa Rosebuds. He was known as "Coach" Zanolini to many Santa Rosa youngsters, having coached in the Santa Rosa National Little League, Santa Rosa Babe Ruth, and Pop Warner football. He was a member of the Italian-American Club and the Santa Rosa Druids #121. When he was in better health, he was very active and enjoyed playing softball, golfing, bowling and diving for abalone. He enjoyed traveling the world, hosting bus trips to Reno, attending live baseball and football games, sporting events of his grandchildren and playing cards with his friends. Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial gathering at Daniels Chapel of the Roses, 1225 Sonoma Avenue, Santa Rosa, on Monday, November 19, 2012, at 1:30 p.m. Donations in his memory can be made to the SRHS Foundation, St. Vincent de Paul Free Dining Room, or Santa Rosa youth athletic organizations. Daniels Chapel of the Roses Funeral and Cremation Services 707-525-3730
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Published Online in the Press Democrat from Nov. 15 to Nov. 18, 2012