John Zayhowski

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John Zayhowski 81, died on Saturday, March 22, 2014, at Casa de la Luz Hospice Inpatient Unit after a brief illness. Born in Troy, NY, on January 8, 1933, he was the son of the late Peter Zayhowski and Mary Casey Zayhowski and husband of Tina Zayhowski. As a young man, John joined the Air Force in 1950. Upon returning to Troy, he worked in the printing business, eventually operating his own company, New Art Printing, in Poestenkill, NY. For many years he enjoyed flying his Cessna 172 and was fascinated with all aspects of airplanes. He sold his business to Hamilton Printing and continued to work there for several years until he retired to Lake Havasu City, AZ in 1995. In addition to touring most of the country in an RV, John became active in radio-controlled flying groups. In 2003, after relocating to Oro Valley, AZ John became an R/C flight instructor for The Sonoran Desert Flyers, introducing other to his passion for flying. Always available to assist those new to his hobby, John was known for his quick wit, wonderful sense of humor, and as a character with a capital C. John is survived by his loving wife of 18 years, Tina; his three children, Bonnie (Nick) Levchik, John (Lien) Zayhowski Jr., David (Susan) Zayhowski and stepdaughter, Nancy (Jim) Barbera; seven grandchildren, Mark, Crysten, Lauren, Zachary, Sarah, Justine and Kimberly; step- grandchildren, Andrew and Alex; five great-grandchildren, Login, Tinsley, Kiyla, Breana and Tannis; his aunt, Mary Zayhowski and numerous cousins. John was predeceased by his sister, Theresa Strom; brother, Edward Finne and his first wife, Carole, who died in 1984. A Memorial Service for family and friends will be held in Poestenkill, NY, at a later date. John was especially interested in young people learning how to operate R/C flyers. In honor of John's beloved hobby, the family suggests that contributions be made to the Academy of Model Aeronautics Foundation, 5161 E. Memorial Dr., Muncie, IN 47302. Please mark the donations in memory of John Zayhowski. Arrangements under the care of VISTOSO FUNERAL HOME.

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2285 E Rancho Vistoso Blvd
Oro Valley, AZ 85755
(520) 544-2285
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Published in the Arizona Daily Star on Mar. 30, 2014
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