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Francis J. "Frank" Zakrzewski

January 14, 1941 May 6, 2011
Francis J. "Frank" Zakrzewski
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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. All are invited to attend. Honor Frank’s memory with a contribution to the American Cancer Society, Vermont Division, 55 Day Lane, Williston, VT 05495 or a charity of your choice. Private messages of condolence are welcome at www.healdfuneralhome.com.

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