Obituary of John R. “Zip” Zanin

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John R.”Zip” Zanin, 94, of Housatonic died Tuesday September 5, 2017 at home surrounded by his loving family. Zip was born on May 23, 1923 in Chicago IL son of Bartolo and Anna (Dotto) Zanin. He was a graduate of Putnam Technical School in Chicago. After high school Zip proudly served in the U.S. Navy with the Seabees during WWII in the Pacific. Zip worked as an electrician for Rising Paper Mill, Barrington Electric, Berkshire Hills Regional School District and was the wire inspector for the Town of Great Barrington for many years; he was the longest serving town officer in Berkshire County. Zip’s wife Jacquleine “Jackie”(Gibbons) Zanin whom he married on June 1, 1946 at Corpus Christi Church in Housatonic predeceased him on April 16, 2007. Zip was a lifelong Chicago Cubs, Chicago Blackhawks and Monument Mountain Basketball fan. Zip is survived by his son, Michael Zanin and wife Sara of Housatonic, granddaughters, Heather Cross and husband Robert of Rehoboth MA, Robyn Aloisi and husband Jeffrey of New Marlborough MA, Bethany Kelly and husband Matthew of Somerset MA,  grandsons, Brian Zanin and wife Monica of Stockbridge MA, David Zanin of Great Barrington MA, step grandsons, Timothy Andenmatten and his wife Natasha of Adams MA, Mark Andenmatten and wife Ana of Jacksonville FL, Joseph Andenmatten and wife Annie of Arvada CO and Stephen Andenmatten and wife Emily of Brooklyn NY, twelve great grandchildren, five step great grandchildren, nephew, Patrick Ramsay and wife Debra of S. Egremont MA, nieces, Terry Lee Driscoll and husband Kenneth of Orleans MA, Laurie McConnel and husband Terry of Miami FL , Colleen Ramsay of Lenox, and several grand nieces and nephews. In addition to his wife Jackie, John was predeceased by his son Thomas J. Zanin on November 27, 2006.

 

In keeping with Zip’s wishes all services are private and there are no calling hours. Services entrusted to BIRCHES-ROY FUNERAL HOME 33 South St. Great Barrington MA 01230. In lieu of flowers expressions of sympathy in Zip’s memory may be made to either Hospice Care in the Berkshires or VNA in care of the funeral home. Condolences may be made through birchesroyfuneralservices.com

2 Responses to Obituary of John R. “Zip” Zanin

  1. “It is the kind of heartache you can feel in your bones”. We will miss you Uncle Zip, especially your “political views” and words of wisdom for us.

    Thank you for always being there for all of us. We are going to miss you soo much.

    Love,
    Ken & Tinker xoxo

  2. To Zip’s Family,
    Even though we do not know one another, I grew up hearing stories about the Zanin family. My grandparents, Vince and Freida Richard lived on Mountain St. My Dad Bill and Uncle Bruce were much younger than Zip but they tagged along and roamed all over with him, hunting, fishing and swimming.
    I only met Zip a few times.The last was in 2013,when we brought my Dad’s ashes home to Monument Mountain. Zip and my Mother were able to visit and reminisce about Jackie and all the good times. The most memorable story that day was about my Uncle Bruce. When Zip was on his way to be shipped out to war, Uncle Bruce rushed to meet his buddy at the station and to give him a four leaf clover charm. Zip proudly showed us his dog tags with that very same charm. He had tears in his eyes when he told us the story. I was only 14 when Uncle Bruce died. I thank Zip for many fond and lasting family memories.

    My heartfelt condolences to you all.
    Ruth Richard Dressler

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