Nicholas W. Zinsky, 81, of Throop, died Tuesday, surrounded by his family after a courageous battle with cancer. He was the husband of Louise Dunkailo Zinsky. The couple would have celebrated their 58th wedding anniversary on August 11. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend.
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Born in Throop, son of the late Nicholas Zinsky (1938) and Josephine Zinsky Sisnetsky (2008), graduated from Olyphant High School 1950 and served in the Army at the Pentagon. Before his retirement in 1993, he was employed by Jaunty Textiles.
Also surviving are a son and two daughters, Gary and his wife, Barb, Scott Township; Lynne Havrilchak and her husband, Joe, Mayfield; Dawn Martin and her husband, John, Archbald; five grandchildren, Eric and his wife, Marcia; Tony, Nick, John and Mallori; four great-grandchildren, Dominic, Alaina, Gracie and Mason.
He was also preceded in death by a sister, Sonia (1995).
A lifelong resident of Throop, and a member of St. Cyril's and Methodius Church. In his early days, he was an avid baseball player. He played for North Scranton Recreation Club, St. Cyril's and Olyphant baseball teams.
After his wedding he took up golf. Bill had been a member of Elkview Country Club since 1963. Among his many titles are Club Championships in 1968, 1978 and 1998 and Senior Club Championships in 1989 and 1997. He had three holes-in-one, with his first in 2004 on the seventh hole at Elkview. Anyone who knew him knew he was a true gentleman on the course. Bill and his long-time friend and golf partner, Frank Capoocia, won many golf tournaments together. They had been golfing together for over 50 years.
He loved spending time with his family, especially watching his grandsons play sports. After a day of golf he would love to go fishing, always saying he was going to catch a "whopper" this time. He enjoyed watching area high school sports and was a longtime fan of Mid Valley High School athletics. Whenever he attended a Penn State game he was sure to watch the Blue and White band enter the stadium.
He will be deeply missed by his wife, son, daughters and grandchildren. But, he will be remembered for his smile and laughter and gentle ways. He was an easy-going man that will never be forgotten.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. James McKenna, Dr. Kristin Liptock and staff at Hematology & Oncology Associates, Dr. Christopher Peters of NROC, the Nurses at Geisinger Community Medical Center and all of the VNA Hospice nurses for the kindness, compassion and wonderful care they had given him.
The funeral will be Saturday at 10:30 a.m. from the John F. Glinsky Funeral Home, 445 Sanderson St., Throop, with funeral liturgy at 11 in SS. Cyril and Methodius Ukrainian Catholic Church. Interment, St. Cyril's Cemetery, Peckville.
Friends may call Friday, 5 to 8 p.m. Parastas services will be Friday at 6 p.m. Online condolences may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
John F Glinsky Funeral Home
445 Sanderson St
Throop, PA 18512
Published in Scranton Times on May 29, 2014