Angelo J. "A.J." Zannieri

Jul 31, 2014 - Jul 31, 2014
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March 5, 1915 - June 18, 2007

NORWALK - Angelo J. "A.J." Zannieri, 92, of Norwalk, died of heart disease Monday at Fisher-Titus Medical Center.

He was born March 5, 1915 in Hornell, N.Y.

He was a graduate of public schools. He also held a bachelor's degree from SUNY Albany and a master's degree in education from Alfred University. He was employed as a high school teacher from 1938 until 1942, when he enlisted in the Army Air Corps, serving until October 1945. He attained the rank of major, serving as an adjutant general, responsible for appropriate troop utilization in the European Theater. He was employed from 1946 until 1952 by the Veterans' Administration, as a rehabilitation director, assisting injured servicemen. In 1952 he joined General Motors Corporation as a training director, and he was with that corporation until he retired in 1980, reaching the position of Divisional Director of Personnel for New Departure Hyatt Division. After retirement he pursued further education, ultimately completing all coursework requirements for a doctorate at the University of Akron. He taught for 14 years at Ashland University as an adjunct professor. He was a member of St. Paul's parish.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Louise B. Zannieri; children, Joseph Zannieri of Norwalk, Maria Zannieri and her husband, John DeBlass of New York, N.Y., Christina Zannieri of Concord, Mass., and her husband Michael Barton, and Paula "Nina" Zannieri of Pawtucket, R.I., and her husband, Douglas Vogel; a sister, Grace Aubin of Buffalo, N.Y.; and brothers, Vincent Zannieri of Hornell, N. Y. and Anthony Zannieri of Santa Ana, Calif.

He was preceded in death by a son, James Frederick Zannieri, who died in 1949; a brother, Louis Zannieri of Hornell, N.Y.; and a sister, Rosemarie Zannieri of Rochester, N.Y.

Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Walker Funeral Home, 98 W. Main St., Norwalk, where prayer services will be held at 4 p.m. A Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Paul's Catholic Church, 91 E. Main St., Norwalk. The Rev. Frank Kehres will officate. Burial will be in St. Paul's Catholic Cemetery in Norwalk.

Memorial gifts may be sent to the Salvation Army and to St. Paul's Catholic Church.