Leonard M. Zubko
ZUBKO, LEONARD M., 86, died at his home in Mt. Dora, on August 21, 2006 after a relatively brief illness. He was born in Bridgeport, CT, the second son of Michael and Stella Zubko, immigrants from Pinsk and Minsk, Byelorusia. He was graduated from Rutgers University as a mechanical engineer, grateful for the help of friends and scholarships. While at Rutgers he was a competitive swimmer and gymnast, and was commissioned in the U.S. Army upon graduation in 1942. He proudly listed himself with "the greatest generation", having served with distinction in Burma, India, and China in World War II. After receiving a Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering at RPI, and teaching and conducting research at the University of Illinois, he joined the General Electric Company in Cincinnati, Ohio. He subsequently worked with GE in Burlington, VT, from 1960 until 1973, at which time he was selected by GE to open its first business office in Moscow, Russia, moving there with his wife, Frances. After five years working abroad, they returned to Schenectady, NY, and in 1981, retired to Mt. Dora, FL. He is survived by his wife, Kristina of Mt. Dora and Vilnius, Lithuania, his daughter, Tanya Cimonetti and her husband Bill in South Burlington, VT, his grandson Michael Cimonetti and his wife, Wendi Urie of Livingston, MT, and his granddaughter Maria Cimonetti, and his two great granddaughters, Eliza Callwood and Sophie Lapointe, of Shelburne, VT. He was predeceased by his parents, his older brother, Boris, and his wife of 59 years, Frances Onka Zubko. A reception for family and friends will be held Wednesday afternoon, August 23, 2006, 3-5PM, at the Lakeside Inn in Mt. Dora. The family wishes to thank Hospice of Lake County, FL, for their care and kindness.
Published by Orlando Sentinel on Aug. 22, 2006.
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My deepest sympathy to all of you. I will always remember the fun and life that Uncle Len brought to any function he attended. His little "chats" to see how his nieces and nephews were doing whenever he came for a visit. He made sure that he spent time with each of us. I always found him a good resource to go to for those troubling work related issues....the amazing thing is that he never provided me with an answer but he encouraged me by reminding me that I was intelligent enough to make the tough decisions on my own. When I needed some direction, he pointed the way but always left the final decision up to me. I know that he is up in heaven with the rest of the family enjoying the good weather and a great round of golf! Love Cis
Celeste Onka
August 24, 2006
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