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EL CAMPO - William Ray Young, age 76, of El Campo died Feb 6, 2007 in Houston. He was born Aug 16, 1930, in Marshall, to the late Walter and Verna Hall Young. He served in the U.S. Navy, was a retired fireman for the Houston Fire Deptartment, and then worked for the city of El Campo before his second retirement. Survivors include his wife, Joan Wood Young of El Campo; daughter, Laurie Hoelscher of El Campo; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. The family will be at the funeral home from 6-8 p.m. tonight to receive visitors.
Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Wheeler Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Joyce McCormick officiating.
Burial to follow at Lakeview Cemetery.
Arrangements under the direction of Wheeler Funeral Home, El Campo, 979-543-3512.


EDWARD ZALESAK, (Eddie Ed, Eda) was born in Wallis, Texas, December 10, 1927, passed away August 4, 2003. Edward retired as Chief Officer with the Fire Department of Fleet Management after 42 years of service. He served and is a veteran of the occupation of Japan, member of Lodge 88, RVOS 108, Knights of Columbus counsel #2917, a former accordion player with the Jimmy Brosch Band, and a member of St. Jerome Catholic Church. Edward is survived by his wife Christine, daughters Patricia and Joannie, sons Mike and Jim, grandchildren Chris Patterson and Jackie Zalesak and Shannon Rosoff. The family would like to invite friends for visitation 6:00-8:00 p.m., with a vigil at 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 6, 2003, at Earthman Hunters Creek Chapel, 8303 Katy Freeway, Houston, Texas. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10:00 a.m., Thursday, August 7, 2003, at St. Jerome Catholic Church, 8825 Kempwood, Houston, Texas followed by a Rite of Committal at Forest Park Lawndale, Garden of Gethsamane, 6900 Lawndale at Griggs Rd.


A Funeral Mass for CHARLES JOSEPH ZINNANTE, 60, will be held Monday, January 25, 2010 at 10:00 A.M. at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Needville, Texas with Father James Ramsey officiating. Burial will follow at St. Michael the Arc Angel Cemetery in Needville.Visitation will be Sunday, January 24, 2010 from 5-8 P.M. in the Chapel at Davis Greeenlawn Funeral Home in Rosenberg with a rosary service at 7 P.M.


ALBERT LEE ZUBIK, 63, of Marquez, Texas, passed away Thursday, July 26, 2007. He is survived by his wife, Jo Ann Zubik, of Katy; children, Mayla Zubik of Conroe, Ron & Angie Zubik of Katy, Dennise & Enrique Chavez of Tomball, Jamie & Paul Mikolajczyk of Katy, Tamra Zubik of Brentwood, California, and Stacey York of Katy; grandchildren, Ashley Zubik, Austin Zubik, Kayla Patrick, and Jay Orosco; and siblings, Lillie Rhodes of Friendswood, Ava & Charles McGee of Rosenberg, and Darrell Toon of Rosenberg. He was preceded in death by his parents, Earnest & Lillie Zubik. Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday at the Schmidt Funeral Home Chapel, in Katy, where funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 31, 2007, with Rev. Jerry Thomas officiating. Interment in Greenlawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Rosenberg. Those wishing to make memorial contributions may do so to the Houston SPCA, 900 Portway Drive, Houston, TX 77024. Schmidt Funeral Home 1508 East Ave., Katy, TX 77493 (281) 391-2424



ZBRANEK, Jim Harley, 77, retired firefighter, of Houston and Industry died Thursday. Survived by wife Marene. Visitation 1:30 p.m. and rosary 7 p.m. today, Koenig & Strickland Funeral Home, Industry. Services 10 a.m. Monday, Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Industry. Burial Immaculate Conception Catholic Cemetery.

Published in Austin American-Statesman on June 10, 2012



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Eugene D. Zamorsky, 85, of Brookside Village, passed away on June 6, 2014.He was one of seven children born to Stanley and Albina Zamorsky on June 29, 1929. At the age of 19, Eugene enlisted in the U. S. Army and fought in WWII. Shortly thereafter he became a Houston Firefighter and worked his way up to District Chief. Eugene married Shirley Meyers from Louisiana. They were married 52 years. She preceded him in death. Eugene was also preceded by his 3 brothers, Willie, Raymond, Albert and sister Albina Arlen. He is survived by his sister Evelyn Schwarz and brother Benny Zamorsky, niece and nephews. Funeral services will be held Tuesday 17, 2014 at 10:00 AM at South Park, 1310 - N. Main St., Pearland, Texas 77581 Pearland, Texas



  Eric Alan Zapalac was born on June 16, 1978, in Bellville, Texas, to Randy Edward and Judy Fay Greak Zapalac.  He grew up in Sealy, Texas, where he lived his entire life.  As a child, he was always on the go, full of energy; so much so, that his mother joked that the only way to get him to sit still would be to break his legs.  He played football for Coach T.J. Mills as a member of the Sealy Tigers’ State Championship teams in both 1994 and 1995.  He graduated from Sealy High School in 1996.  As a young man, Eric was daring and adventurous.  He even did a little bull riding.  It was this courageous and restless approach to life that lead Eric to join the Sealy Fire Department not long after graduating from high school, where he would serve and protect the citizens of Sealy and Austin County for 21 years.  He earned the designation of licensed paramedic and worked in that capacity for Austin County EMS.  He graduated from Texas A&M TEEX Professional Firefighter Training Academy in 1999.  Through hard work and dedication, Eric rose through the SFD officer ranks--serving as Captain, Assistant Chief, and was the current Fire Chief of the Sealy Fire Department.  Eric also served as a previous President of the Board of the Fire Department.  One of his biggest challenges and accomplishments was developing and overseeing the conversion of Sealy’s all-volunteer department to a paid department in 2009.  He also oversaw the construction of Sealy’s new fire station which opened in 2012--constructed 63 years after the original one built in 1949.  He had a vision for what the department should be and had the endurance to make it happen.  He was proud of a recent acquisition and conversion of a used tactical vehicle into a multi-purpose booster truck that also serves in high-water rescues and the well-negotiated purchase of a used ladder truck--the first for Sealy.He had a true passion for being a firefighter and serving the public.  In 2001, Eric joined the Houston Fire Department, where he has now served over 16 dedicated years.  He was currently an Engineer Operator assigned to Hazmat Unit 2 at Houston Fire Department Station 22.On October 19, 2002, Eric married the love of his life, Kelly McKimmy, in the All Around Cowboy Church in Sealy.  He loved spending time with his family, which includes his wife Kelly, their three children, Nicholas, Lucas, and Leah; along with two dogs and currently four chickens.  He loved his pets and all animals.  Eric spent many hours with his family enjoying the outdoors going hunting, fishing, and camping.  He was an avid fisherman and loved sharing this passion with his kids.  One of his favorite fishing spots was on Lake Conroe, where he was known to have often caught 50 – 60 fish per trip.  Eric loved hunting--especially bow hunting.  He believed in passing down these skills to his children.  He and his family took many camping trips and he even rigged up an air conditioner window unit inside their tent for a little added comfort.It seemed like there was nothing he could not fix.  He most likely saved the citizens of Austin County hundreds of thousands of dollars by fixing, not replacing, many things around the fire station.  He was adamant that if something needed to be fixed, you could learn how on YouTube.  He was well-known for negotiating for the best price on purchases big and small.Most would agree, Eric was the hardest working man they have ever known and he was always doing for others.  For many years, he worked four jobs so that Kelly could stay at home to raise their children.  He was a perfectionist who loved the fire department and avoided the spotlight--always content simply with pride in his workmanship and the joy of mentoring those served under his leadership. He was dedicated to his family first and then to the fire department; although half-jokingly Kelly may say it was the other way around.  To his wife and children, he was a great husband and wonderful dad.  To everyone who knew him--he was a giver.

Eric Alan Zapalac passed away on Monday, November 20, 2017 at the age of 39 years.He is survived by his wife of 16 years, Kelly Zapalac; his children, Nicholas, Lucas, & Leah Zapalac of Sealy; his parents, Randy & Judy Zapalac of Sealy; brother, Edward Zapalac of Sealy; his father-in-law & mother-in-law, Rick & Susie McKimmy of Katy; his sister-in-law & brother-in-law, Missy & Shane Theriot of Sealy; niece, Samantha McKimmy Kalinec of Sealy; & his nephew, T.J. Theriot of Sealy.