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Vero Beach, Florida

Oct 14, 1934 – Sep 29, 2020 (Age 85)


October 14, 1934
September 29, 2020
Vero Beach, Florida


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Strunk Funeral Home - Vero Beach - Vero Beach Obituary

Lothar was born on October 14, 1934 in Hamburg, Germany.  He came over to the United States when he was 16 years old to live with his Aunt and Uncle due to the tumultuous times in Germany. They resided in Weiser, Idaho.  Lothar graduated from Weiser High School in 1953, whereupon he then enlisted in the United States Army. After the Army, he attended the Bowman’s Watchmaking School. In 1959, Lothar was awarded a certificate from the Horological Institute of America, Washington, D.C., declaring him a Certified Master Watchmaker. He and his uncle later opened a jewelry store on Main Street in Manchester, Connecticut. This is where he met the love of his life, Paulette.  They married on October 14, 1961.

In 1963, Lothar and Paulette embarked on a trip across the United States to find the perfect location for their own business.  Their trip lasted three months, over 15,000 miles and 30 different states.  The journey ended in beautiful Vero Beach, Florida.  They bought McCard’s Jewelry, in September 1963, which in turn became Zeran Jewelers.  This business has prospered under the Zeran family to this very day.

As an active businessman, Lothar joined the Rotary club of Vero Beach in 1965.  He was a member for 55 years and a Paul Harris Fellow. He also was an avid hunter, fisherman, and tractor enthusiast. He loved working in his barn.

Lothar and Paulette raised three wonderful children: Heidi, Heather and Kurt.  Their children were a source of pride and joy.  Each have gone on to become successful in their own right and having their own families. They have provided Lothar and Paulette with 5 grandchildren: Maggie, Hunter, Nathan, Werner and Emmett. 

The family will receive friends Saturday, October 3, 2020 at the Strunk Funeral Home in Vero Beach between the hours of 11 AM and 1 PM.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be sent to the IRSC Foundation, 3209 Virginia Avenue, Fort Pierce, FL 34981 and the memo Line must state: Lothar Zeran Scholarship as Two Scholarships will be set up in his name.  One will benefit Law Enforcement and the other will benefit Fire/EMS.  Or memorials may be sent to the Vero Beach Rotary Charities Foundation, Inc., PO Box 603244, Vero Beach, FL 32964-3224.

Arrangements are by Strunk Funeral Home and Crematory, Vero Beach, Florida.

A guest book is available at www.strunkfuneralhome.com.



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Paulette, so sorry to hear about this gentle giant. Lothar will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you Paulette and your family.

To the Zeran family - we are so sorry for the loss of such a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather. May the love of your family and friends provide you some peace during this time. Sending much love.

I am sorry to hear of the passing of Mr. Zeran. I have many fond memories shopping in there with my mother and grandmother. My grandmother bought me my first piece of jewelry from Zeran's when I was 13 years old. He will be missed by many - prayers to his family.

In loving memory of a wonderful person. I worked at Zeran’s Jewelry Store when I was in high school in the 70’s. Mr. Zeran was always patient, kind and so much fun to be around. Paulette and family, I am so sorry for your loss.

Our community was fortunate that Lothar and Paulette chose Vero Beach to relocate their business in 1963. They are the image of kindness and goodness. Lothar was a member of the Rotary Club for 35 years; Rotary's moto is "Service Above Self", which Lothar exemplified. We will miss him a great deal, but his legacy at Zeran Jewelry Store is assured with his three children there to carry on a great tradition.

Mr. Zeran was such a joy. His kindness and humor always brightened my day! I looked forward to seeing him and his delightful family every time I visited his jewelry store. I am so sincerely sad and sorry for this loss

He was a great family man and friend. Always had a kind word or something funny to say to make you laugh. His passing is a huge loss to all that had a chance to meet or know him. He will be missed. Our love to you all!
David and Laurie Cassidy

Mr. Zeran (he was not "Lothar" to me) sold me (well, sold my parents) my wife's engagement ring. That was 41 years ago and she is still wearing it. We think it particularly beautiful.
Somehow it was evident to me that Mr. Zeran was a "straight shooter" who could be trusted on product and price. The world agreed.

What a nice person! We always appreciated the way he treated us when we went into his jewelry store. He will be missed. God's Blessings to his family.