Angelo J. "A.J." Zannieri, 92, died at 2 a.m. June 18, 2007, in Fisher Titus Medical Center of heart disease.
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 State University of New York 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 of 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 Ph.D. 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; his children, Joseph Zannieri of Norwalk, Maria Zannieri and her husband, John DeBlass, of New York City, Christina Zannieri of Concord, Mass., and her husband, Michael Barton and Paula "Nina" Zannieri of Pawtucket, R.I., and her husband, Douglas Vogel; his sister, Grace Aubin of Buffalo, N.Y.; and his 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; his brother, Louis Zannieri of Hornell; and his sister, Rosemarie Zannieri of Rochester, N.Y.
Calling hours will be from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Wednesday at Walker Funeral Home, 98 W. Main St., Norwalk. Mass will be celebrated in his memory at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Paul's Catholic Church, 91 E. Main St. in Norwalk. Burial will be in St. Paul's Catholic Cemetery in Norwalk.
Contributions may be made in his memory to the Salvation Army and to St. Paul's Catholic Church.
Condolences may be made to edwalkerfuneralhome.com.
The family wishes to thank all the friends and neighbors who visited and provided assistance to him in his final illness, especially to Gary and Georgiana Scherz and their daughters, Erin Scherz, Samantha Scherz and Courtney Scherz, and to David and Cynthia Kniffin and their daughters, Amy Bond and Elizabeth Schurman.