Zemanek, Michael Andrew BARRE City, Vt. 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, Conn., he was the son of Mary Anne (Pratte) Zemanek McGreevy and Glenn Zemanek. He was a graduate of Voorheesville 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 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 assurances 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, and the Upsilon Pi Epsilon Honor Society for computing and information disciplines. He was a volunteer firefighter in the Voorheesville 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; his brother, Daniel R. Zemanek of Guilderland; his father, Warrant Officer Glenn Zemanek of the U.S. Army and his stepmother, Anastasia; his paternal grandparents, John and Connie Zemanek of Nutley, N.J.; numerous uncles, aunts and cousins as well as his beloved godfather, Roderick Walters, of Port Chester. Also, two step-sisters, Jennifer Randall and her family of Castleton, and Susan Koller and her family in Albany, 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, followed by a service of remembrance and life celebration in the White Chapel at Norwich University in Northfield at 2 p.m. There will be a memorial service to be held at St. Matthew's Roman Catholic Church in Voorheesville 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.
Published in Albany Times Union on Aug. 5, 2013