BARRE CITY - Michael Andrew Zemanek, 22, of Fecteau Circle, died Thursday, August 1, 2013, at the Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin as a result of a catastrophic medical event while traveling on Interstate 89 in Waterbury. He had been employed as a deputy sheriff in Orange County, VT.
Born December 6, 1990, in Stamford, CT, he was the son of Mary Anne (Pratte) Zemanek McGreevy and Glenn Zemanek. He was a graduate of Voorheesville, NY, High School in 2008 and captained the swimming and diving team. In 2012 he graduated from Norwich University in Northfield, VT where he also captained the swimming and diving team as well as being awarded the Norwich University Garrity Award for his achievement in academics and athletics.
In May of this year he graduated from the Vermont Police Academy in Pittsford, VT and won the highest award for academic achievement.
In August of 2012 he became a deputy sheriff for the Orange County Sheriff's Department in Chelsea, VT. He also was a part time police officer in Northfield, VT and had been a part time police officer in Barre City, VT.
Police work, community service and swimming were very important to Michael.
He was a Magna Cum Laude graduate from Norwich University in computer security and information assurance and was currently working on his master's degree in the same discipline at the University.
His memberships included the Corps of Cadets at Norwich University, the Upsilon Pi Epsilon Honor Society for computing and information disciplines; volunteer fire fighter in the Voorheesville, NY Fire Department and had been an Eagle Scout and will always be remembered as a "Squared Away Hard Charger."
Michael leaves his beloved mother and stepfather, Mary Anne and Gerard McGreevy of Voorheesville, NY, his brother Daniel R. Zemanek of Guilderland, NY; his father, Warrant Officer Glenn Zemanek of the U.S. Army and his stepmother Anastasia; his paternal grandparents, John and Connie Zemanek of Nutley, NJ; numerous uncles, aunts and cousins as well as his beloved godfather, Roderick Walters, of Port Chester, NY, and two stepsisters, Jennifer Randall and her family of Castleton, NY and Susan Koller and her family in Albany, NY, and his special friends John Houle and Abby Prevost of Barre, VT.
He was predeceased by his maternal grandparents, Raymond and Helena Pratte.
His Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 11 a.m. at St. Monica Catholic Church in Barre, VT, followed by the Service of Remembrance and Life Celebration in the White Chapel at Norwich University in Northfield, VT at 2 p.m.
There will be a memorial service to be held at St. Matthew's Roman Catholic Church in Voorheesville, NY at the convenience of his family.
Friends and family may call at the Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy Street, Barre on Tuesday from 5 to 8 p.m.
Memorial contributions, in Michael's name, may be made to The Vermont Law Enforcement Memorial Fund in care of the Vermont Police Association, P.O. Box 467 Hardwick, VT 05643.
Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home - Barre
7 Academy Street, Suite 1 Barre, VT 05641
Published in Times Argus from Aug. 3 to Aug. 4, 2013