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James W. Zynda

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James W. Zynda

AGE: 78 • Newark

James W. Zynda, age 78, of Newark, DE, passed away peacefully at home on September 16, 2016.

Jim was born in Two Rivers, WI in 1938, where he developed an interest in dance at an early age. After high school, he moved to Chicago to further his education in classical dancing. After that, Jim moved to the East Coast where he danced, choreographed and eventually served as artistic director with Ballet Etudes Repertory Company in Norwalk, CT. From 1963 to 1964, he danced with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal. From 1966 to 1970, at the height of his career, Jim danced with American Ballet Theater, New York, NY and toured Europe and Japan with the company. In 1983, Jim moved to Newark, DE with his partner, Frank Trefny. Jim worked for Conoco/DuPont from 1980 to 1993. In Delaware, he taught ballet at Academy of the Dance, Mid-Atlantic Ballet and Delaware Dance Company.

Jim was well-known for his broad range of talents, his willingness to help others, and his creative solutions to problems. He loved a challenge, and approached life with an infectious can-do spirit.

He is survived by his husband and partner of 40 years, artist Frank Trefny and his sister, Joyce Zynda (Bill Downs) of Wisconsin.

For the last week of his life, Jim was lovingly ministered to by Heartland Hospice Care. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Heartland Hospice House, 5661 Ocheltree Lane, Wilmington, DE 19808.


Published in The News Journal from Sept. 20 to Sept. 22, 2016
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