Raymond G. Zorzi, 89, passed away on April 5, 2013, at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.
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Born Oct. 9, 1923 to the late Joseph and Adelaide (Melchiori) Zorzi, he was a lifetime Wilkes-Barre resident, residing in the home in which he was born. Ray graduated as valedictorian from St. Mary's Catholic High School.
He was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps. He then returned to Wilkes-Barre, a member of King's College first graduating class in 1950. He worked in microbiology as a clinical bacteriologist for Lederle Laboratories, National Drug and Connaught Laboratories in Swiftwater, as the manager of production until his retirement. He subsequently owned and operated Floyd's Sew & Vac Center on Main Street, Luzerne.
Ray was a lifelong member of St. Mary's and later St. Nicholas Catholic churches and their Holy Name societies, King's College Century Club and was a faithful fundraiser for King's College's phonathon. A jack-of-all-trades, he also enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening, especially his nearly 100 rose bushes. He was known for his ever-present German shorthair pointers. He was a loving husband, father, uncle and grandfather who was always ready to help.
He was the youngest of 11 children, all of whom preceded him in death. He also was preceded in death by his granddaughter, Gina Godlewski.
Ray is survived by his wife of 55 years, Mary (Castellani) Zorzi; daughters, Karen Pizii (Jim), West Chester; Joan Godlewski (Bill), Jenkins Township; Donna Eury (Dave), Shavertown; Lisa Stein (Tom), Glen Allen, Va.; son, Col. David Zorzi, retired, U.S. Air Force (Joanne Pappadakis), Clifton, Va.; grandchildren, Maria Grimaldi and Will Pizii, Steven, Jarod and Gregory Godlewski, Jacqueline, David, Nicholas and Jake Eury, Elise, Rachel and Erik Stein, DJ, Nina, Noah and Noelle Zorzi; three stepgrandchildren, Lindsey Pizii Doorey (Matt), Vince Pizii and Stephanie Stein Flynn (Jim); and nephew, many nieces, grand-nieces and grand-nephews.
Funeral services will be held on Monday at 9 a.m. from the Nat & Gawlas Funeral Home, 89 Park Ave., Wilkes-Barre, with a Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 9:30 a.m. in St. Nicholas Church, 226 S. Washington St., Wilkes-Barre. Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Hanover Township. Friends may call Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m. at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be sent to the Sister of Mercy Retirement Fund, P.O. Box 370, Dallas, PA 18612, or to the
Online condolences may be sent by visiting Raymond's obituary at www.natandgawlasfuneralhome.com.
Published in Times Leader on Apr. 6, 2013