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A longtime resident of Southport passed away on Sat. Oct. 6, 2012 at home following declining health with his family by his side at the age of 93. Born on May 24, 1919 in Delmar Township, PA, Edward was the son of the late Herbert & May O'Bryan VanZile. He served his country during WWII in the US Army and during his service received the Purple Heart. Edward married Evelyn Walker on December 5, 1938 and she predeceased him on Oct. 9, 2010. Together they enjoyed traveling and spent summers on Waneta Lake and warm winters in Plant City, FL for the last 35 years. He was employed by Eclipse for over 33 years. Edward was a former member of the Southport Fire Dept., enjoyed playing cards, a fan of the NY Mets, Tampa Bay Rays and enjoyed taking cruises. He was a devoted husband and father and enjoyed times spent with his family. Surviving are his loving children, Ruth (Robert) Diehr, Pine City; Donna (Pete) Thomas, Elmira; Mary (Gary) McConnell, Conyers, GA; Joseph (Nancy) VanZile, Clermont, FL; grandchildren, Rob (Sherrie) Diehr and Cindy (Mike) Kienenberger, Elmira; Brett VanZile and Kyle (Kim) VanZile, Clermont, FL; Tina (Jimmy) Shake, Covington, GA; (kim) Wilson, Carrollton, GA; 14 great grandchildren, 7 great great grandchildren; nieces and nephews, Jim (Ethel) Mayer and Anne Butler, Elmira; Jim (Nancy) Walker, Doris Warner and Tom Decker, Wellsboro, PA. In addition to his wife Evelyn, Edward was predeceased by a grandson Bill Wilson. Family and friends will be received at Caywood's Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway, Southport on Tues. Oct. 9, 2012 between the hours of 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. Funeral services will follow the visitation at 1:15 p.m. Graveside services will take place in Fitzsimmons Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the
in Edward's memory. Special thanks to Care First (Southern Tier Hospice) for the wonderful care they provided Edward and his family.
Published in Star-Gazette from Oct. 7 to Oct. 9, 2012