Edward J. Zentz, 83, of Dunkirk, N.Y., died September 27, 2010 at Brooks Memorial Hospital after a lengthy illness.
He was born on March 7, 1927 in Dunkirk, N.Y. He was the son of the late Laura H. Logan and stepson of the late William Logan.
Mr. Zentz was a graduate of Fredonia High School. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II on the U.S. Adirondack. A lifelong resident of the Dunkirk - Fredonia area, he had been employed at General Electric in Erie, Pa., and the former Alco Company of Dunkirk before becoming a City of Dunkirk Police Officer. He was a 21-year veteran of the police department until his retirement in 1972. He was a past PBA (Police Benevolent Association) President. Upon his retirement he was employed by the Fred Koch Brewery in Dunkirk until its closing. He was then employed by Fredonia Central Schools.
Edward J. Zentz
He was a member of the Dunkirk American Legion Post 62, the Dunkirk Lakeside Club and the Fredonia Beaver Club. He was past president of the Lakeside Club. He was an avid New York Yankees and Notre Dame Football fan. He enjoyed the outdoors especially gathering wild mushroom, watercress, cow slips, burdock and dandelions that he enjoyed to cook with. He enjoyed gardening especially taking care of his yard and garlic.
Survivors include daughters Ellen Zentz-D'Sa of Fairfax, Va., Linda (Phillip) Nosek of Fredonia and son Steven (Denise) Zentz of Dunkirk. Grandchildren Christina and Brandon D'Sa of Fairfax, Va. Alexandria and Abigail Zentz of Fredonia, Steven and Zachary Zentz of Dunkirk. Also surviving a sister, Catherine Carter of Hammondsport, N.Y. and one niece and several nephews.
Mr. Zentz is preceded in death by his wife of 60 years Florence (Czarnecki) Zentz whom he married July 9th, 1949 and who passed away April 22nd, 2009. He is also preceded by stepbrothers John and William Logan, aunts Gertrude Steger, Ruth Marci, Lena Lutz and Florence Scarpine.
Mr. Zentz is an Anatomical Gift Donor to the University at Buffalo School of Medicine. As a result there will be no cal-ling hours or funeral service. A memorial remembrance will be held at the Dunkirk American Legion Post 62 Saturday, October 2, from 2pm-4pm. The family gratefully requests no gifts or flowers. Any donations may be made to the Chautauqua County Home in his memory.