- Local Guide
Paul Angelo Zinzella, 63, of Rossiter, died Thursday, May 29, 2014, at home with his family.
He was born June 6, 1950, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Harry Zinzella and Adela Marie (Ferrara) Zinzella.
His mother survives and resides in Rossiter.
On Jan. 20, 1979, he married the former Regina Sue Wasicki. She survives.
He enlisted in United States Army as a senior in high school and was a veteran of the Vietnam War, serving as a member of the 135th Assault Helicopter Company, Experimental Military Unit (EMU).
The 135th flew great distances daily from home station Bear Cat in support of the war effort.
As the only completely integrated Multi-national Helicopter Company fighting in Vietnam, the EMU's developed pride and dedication to their motto, "Get the bloody job done."
That motto seemed to follow him throughout his life as Paul became a successful entrepreneur involved in numerous businesses over the years and throughout his career.
He was the owner/operator of Green Acres Personal Care Home, The Buffalo Lodge AMVETS in Rossiter, Pa., and various real estate endeavors.
He was a founding Charter Member of the Buffalo Lodge AMVETS, a member of the Vietnam Helicopter Crew Member Association and a member of the American Legion.
His many hobbies included hunting, fishing, automotive restoration, gun collecting, reading, watching military documentaries and operating heavy equipment. However, his greatest passion was spending time with his family.
In addition to his wife and mother, he is survived by six children, Heather Cox and husband Chris of Wilmington, Delaware, Zeb Zinzella of Lower Burrell, Somer Baun and husband Shane of Punxsutawney, Paige Zinzella of Rossiter, Zach Zinzella of Rossiter, and Zane Zinzella and fiancĂ©e Olivia Jekielek of Punxsutawney; and three grandchildren, Evan, Conrad and Simon Cox.
He was preceded in death by his father, and his brother, Harry Michael
There will be no visitation.
Arrangements are under the direction of Shumaker Funeral Home, Inc.
Memorial donations may be made in Mr. Zinzella's memory to Wounded Warrior Project, 301 Grant St., Suite 900, Pittsburgh, PA 15219.
Online condolences may be made at www.shumakerfh.com.