|Birth: ||Jan. 14, 1941|
|Death: ||May 6, 2011|
St. Albans - Francis J. "Frank" Zakrzewski, 70, a longtime area educator passed away peacefully after a courageous battle with cancer on Friday, May 6, 2011 with his wife and daughters by his side.
Born on January 14, 1941 in Rutland, Vermont, Frank was the son of the late Luke and Mary (Kramarz) Zakrzewski.
Frank graduated from West Rutland High in 1958, from Castleton State College in 1963 and did graduate work at St. Michael's College. "Mr. Z." was a much loved and respected history teacher who touched many lives in his 36 years at St. Mary's, Central Catholic and BFA high schools in St. Albans, Vermont. Frank was an outstanding athlete and excelled in basketball and baseball in both high school and college. He continued his love of these sports by coaching for 18 years and officiating and time keeping for the BFA basketball teams. He was on a teacher's bowling league and remained active through his adult life playing softball and tennis. In retirement, Frank and his wife loved spending winters at Sun & Fun Resort Park in Sarasota, Florida. They made many friends and enjoyed the sunshine and outdoor living.
Frank was a member of St. Mary's Parish in St. Albans, served on the parish council for a period of time and participated in masses as a reader. He belonged to the national, state and local teacher's associations.
Frank was a loving husband to his wife of 47 years, Mary Lou (Gallagher) Zakrzewski, and took great pride in being father to his two daughters Karen Holbrook of Worcester, Massachusetts and Kristen Bonasera of St. Albans. The proudest title Frank held was "Grampy" to his granddaughters Isabella Bonasera and Olivia Holbrook.
He loved spending time with them, and they adored him. Frank and his brother Al shared a very close bond and even when apart, their weekly Saturday morning calls kept their relationship strong.
Frank will be greatly missed by his brother, Al Zakrzewski and his wife, Carole, of Center Rutland, Vermont; brother-in-law Don Gallagher of Florida; niece Cheryl (Zakrzewski) Foice and her husband Al and their children Nathan and Nicole of Essex, Vermont; nephews Michael Zakrzewski of Rutland, Vermont, Matthew and Brian Gallagher of Florida; aunts Frances (Kramarz) Miglis and her husband, George, of Center Rutland, Vermont and Marie Kramarz of Colonie, New York and her late husband Theodore "Ted" Kramarz; uncle Walter Kramarz and his wife, Shirley, of Bristol, Connecticut; many beloved cousins and the wonderfully dear friends that make up his St. Albans family.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend calling hours on Thursday, May 12, 2011 from 4:00 to 8:00 pm at the Heald Funeral Home, 87 South Main Street, St. Albans.
A Mass will be celebrated on Friday, May 13, 2011 at 11:00 am in St. Mary's Church on Fairfield Street in St. Albans. Immediately following the mass there will be a memorial service in the church followed by a luncheon in the parish center.
Private messages of condolence are welcome at www.healdfuneralhome.com.
St. Albans: A Mass of Christian Burial for Francis "Frank" Zakrzewski, who passed away Friday, May 6, 2011, was concelebrated Friday, May 13, 2011, at 11:00 AM in St. Mary's Church, Fairfield Street, St. Albans with Father Brian O'Donnell, Administrator and longtime family, Father Roland Rivard co-officiating, assisted by Rev. Mr. Gabe Gagne, Deacon. The altar attendants were Rose Rixon and Denise Messier. The soloist was Marie Chevalier, accompanied by her brother, Robert Chevalier who played the organ and sang harmony. The selection of hymns included, "Here I Am Lord", "The Twenty-Third Psalm-The Lord Is My Shepherd", "Eat This Bread", "On Eagles Wings", "Song of Farewell" and "Be Not Afraid".
Reading from the Old and New Testaments were Cheryl Foice and Joseph Davison. The Holy Gospel was proclaimed by Deacon Gagne who also led the congregation in the Profession of Faith. The Homily was delivered by Father O'Donnell.
The crucifix was presented by Frank's wife, Mary-Lou Zakrzewski, while the Offertory Gifts were presented by Granddaughter, Isabella Bonasera and Nathan and Nicole Foice.
Attending were delegations consisting of BFA - St. Albans including faculty, staff, students and former students, St. Albans City School, St. Mary's Court Catholic Daughters and Howard Estates Neighbors. Also attending were representatives from Hackett, Valine & McDonald, AM Peisch & Co., Brown, Cahill, Gawne & Miller, Total Home Center, Dr. Taylor Yates, Handy Cadillac, David Juaire Photography, Lang, McLaughry and Spera, Enosburg Rescue and Essex Fire Department.
A Memorial Service honoring Frank's life was held immediately following the Mass with memories and personal reflections being shared by Joe Davison, Dan Marlow, Jim and Charlotte Arkinson and Harry Moulton. A reception luncheon was then hosted by the St. Mary's Parish Family Christian Service Committee.
The urn ark bearers were Michael Zakrzewski, Edward Pawlasiak, Thomas Preleski and David Preleski.
During the visitation on Thursday, Fr. O'Donnell joined the family in a prayer service and the Ladies of Court St. Mary's Catholic Daughters prayed a decade of the rosary with the family led by Coregent Lucille Doyle in the Heald Funeral Home 87 South Main Street, St. Albans.
Luke S Zakrzewski (1909 - 1986)
Mary Kramarz Zakrzewski (1920 - 2002)
Created by: Barb Destromp
Record added: May 09, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 69552554
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