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Bollinger, Christine (I3)
2 1880 Census lists Patrick's occupation as a stone and brick mason.  Cooney, Patrick (I339)
3 Age 21 McKinney, John J (I347)
4 Age 26 McKinney, James (I344)
5 Age 27 McKinney, Eliza (I345)
6 Age 8 months Roach, Theodore (I346)
7 Age at death 78 Schaefer, Christie (I343)
8 Anthony G. (Tony) Marren died peacefully at his home, with family and friends present, in Orem, UT, on February 15. He was 59.

A long-time resident of the Orem/Provo area, Tony was born on December 13, 1956, in Long Island, N.Y. He attended elementary and high school on Long Island. As a young man he was a devoted member of the Boy Scouts of America; in 1975 he was inducted into the Order of the Arrow, the Scouts? national honor society, created to honor Scouts that best exemplify the Scout Oath and Law.

After migrating to the Orem/Provo area, he earned an associate of science degree from Utah Technical College at Provo and a bachelor of arts degree from Brigham Young University. He also studied organizational management through the University of Phoenix.

Tony held several positions with retail and technology companies in the Orem/Provo area, but his true calling and love was philanthropy and charitable advocacy. In 2008, he founded Operation Just One Can, a now nationally-recognized advocacy organization designed to empower individuals and organizations to support food banks and soup kitchens as a response to the nation?s ongoing hunger problem.

Tony was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, serving as an Elder. After learning about the church, Tony was baptized in 1978. In 1982 he served a two-year mission in London, England, and was an active member serving in many callings the remainder of his life.

Tony is survived by his mother, Therese; his sisters Joanne and Marianne; brothers Ted Jr., Jim, Tom, and Paul, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was predeceased by his father, Ted Sr.

Tony was a devoted son, brother and uncle; a loyal friend; a faithful Christian, and a fierce advocate for the less privileged. He will be terribly missed by everyone whose lives he touched.

Services for Tony will be held on Thursday, February 18. There will be a viewing at 9:30 am to 10:30 a.m. , with the funeral service following at 11:00 am at the LDS Chapel, 450 S 100 W, Orem, UT. There will also be a viewing Wednesday evening, February 17, from 6 to 8 pm at Sundberg-Olpin Mortuary, 495 S State St, Orem, UT.

Tony?s friends who attend either the viewing or the service are asked to bring one can or package of non-perishable food to the service, in recognition of Tony?s dedication to the cause of fighting hunger.

In lieu of flowers, Tony?s family requests that donations be made to the Food and Care Coalition, 299 E 900 S, Provo, UT 84606. In addition, Tony?s family would like to thank the staffs of Our House in Orem and AFI Advanced Care; Dr. David Garry and staff, and Dr. Nathan Rich and staff for the care and support that they provided to Tony over many months. 
Marren, Anthony G. (I261)
9 Arlene Zerega Kent of Scituate, Massachusetts died on January 6, 2005, at the age of 102 years. She was born in Brooklyn, New York. She attended Marymount College, Tarrytown, New York and received a two-year degree in 1922. She then took journalism courses at New York University, and worked as a newspaper reporter for the Brooklyn Standard Union for a period.

Following that experience she returned to Fordham University where she received her Bachelors Degree. She became a social worker and spent thirty years as a Confraternity of Christian Doctrine teacher in Spanish Harlem through a settlement house: Casita Maria, located there, which she helped establish.

For this work, in 1976, she received a special award and blessing at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York from Terrence Cardinal Cook.

Mrs. Kent was the daughter of John P. Zerega and EthelHill of Brooklyn. John P. Zerega's father, AntoineZerega, founded the first pasta factory in Brooklyn,New York.

She was the widow of attorney William J. Kent, Jr. former president of the H.C. Bohack Company in Brooklyn and Long Island, New York.

Mrs. Kent is survived by two sons, John P. Z. Kent, of New York, and Judge William Kent, of Sayville, NewYork, a daughter, Ethel Kent Wheatley of Scituate, with whom she lived for the last six and half years, five grandchildren, one step grandchild and a great grandchild.

Her funeral mass was celebrated at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Cohasset. 
Zerega, Arlene H (I123)
10 Arthur P. "Pat" Zerega, age 82, of LaGrange, U.S. Navy W.W. II veteran; loving father of Mary, Margaret "Peggy", Joseph (Ellen), Tom, Fred (Toki), Ann (Garth Cummings) Zerega and Barbara (Steven) Wolf; cherished grandfather of Megan and Kevin Albrecht, Cate, Christopher, Laura and Elise Zerega and Nicholas Wolf; dear brother of James Zerega; former spouse of Elizabeth Ann Zerega.

Funeral Service Friday, Jan. 6, 8 p.m. at Kuratko-Nosek Funeral Home, 2447 S. DesPlaines Ave., North Riverside. Cremation private. In lieu of flowers, memorials to DuSabie Museum of African American History, Memorial Giving-Arthur Zerega, 740 S. 56th Place, Chicago, IL 60637 would be appreciated.  
Zerega, Arthur Patrick (I125)
11 Buddy was killed in a car accident in upstate N.Y. at age 24 after serving in WW II as a tail gunner on a B-29. He was to graduate in 2 months from Hobart College. Sherman, Wesley J. (Buddy) (I228)
12 Buried Holy Cross Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY  Zerega, Antoine (I121)
13 Calvary Cemetery (Old Calvary), Queens, NY  Zerega, Giovanna (I135)
14 Came to the US in 1864 at age 85.  Zerega, Paul (I154)
15 Came to US in 1847. age 32.  Zerega, Antoine (I120)
16 Came to US in 1851 at age 13.  Bollinger, Louise (I6)
17 Columbus, NC - Agnes Foerster died Thursday, Oct. 20, 1983 in St. Luke's Hospital. Native of Evanston, Illinois and wife of Lennius R. Rissler. Daughter of John P. and Rose Schmitz Foerster and member of Columbus Presbyterian Church. Made her home in Columbus, NC for 16 years. Survivors included: a daughter; a son; a sister; and two grandsons. She was 76 years of age at her demise and interment was in the Polk Memorial Gardens. Foerster, Agnes Rose (I429)
18 Elizabeth "Betty" Ann Zerega nee Burggraf, age 82 of DesPlaines, formerly of Chicago. Loving mother of Mary, Margaret "Peggy," Joseph (Ellen), Tom, Fred (Toki), Ann (Garth Cummings) Zerega and Barbara (Steven) Wolf, cherished grandmother of Megan and Kevin Albrecht, Cate, Christopher, Laura and Elise Zerega and Nicholas Wolf, dear sister of Kathryn Meissen, former spouse of Arthur P. "Pat" Zerega.

Funeral Service Saturday, January 12, 6:00pm at KURATKO-NOSEK FUNERAL HOME 2447 S. DesPlaines Ave., North Riverside. Cremation-Private. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Light Opera Works 516 4th Street, Wilmette, IL 60091 would be appreciated. 
Burggraf, Elizabeth Ann (I8)
19 Ethel Wheatley Obituary

Ethel (Kent) Wheatley, age 81, of Scituate, passed away peacefully on October 9, 2020, after a long battle with Parkinson's disease. Beloved wife of Ronald Brian Wheatley, she was the loving mother of John Wheatley and his wife Emily of Millbury, and Elizabeth Wheatley-Molidor and husband Jason of Baltimore, Md. Loving grandmother of Kent and Jax Wheatley of Millbury. Beloved sister of John P. Kent of NY and the late Judge William Kent III. She was the daughter of Arlene Zerega and William Kent of Brooklyn.

Ethel was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. She was a graduate of Marymount College where she participated in drama, and sports including being on the field hockey team where she was dubbed "Lethal Ethel". She spent her junior year at the Sorbonne in Paris. She was fluent in French. She received her master's degree in Speech Therapy from Brooklyn College, NY. She worked as a speech and hearing therapist for many years at Brockton Public Schools. Outside of teaching, she volunteered at the Talking Information Center in Marshfield (TIC) that offers voice, broadcast of local news for the blind and visually impaired.

She enjoyed skiing and sailing. More recently she was active at Cohasset Tai Chi, and the Parkinson support group at Rock Steady Boxing South Shore. Ethel was a devout Catholic serving as a Lector and CCD teacher as a member of St. Francis X. Cabrini Church in Scituate and later at St. Anthony's in Cohasset.

She also volunteered at the Foyer of Charity in Scituate. She served for many years as an elected member the board, Scituate Housing Authority (SHA). Ethel was interested in history and veterans' affairs was an auxiliary member of the Scituate Sons of Union Veterans, and as part that organization traveled with other Scituate members to Gettysburg annually to celebrate Remembrance Day.

Kent, Ethel (I43)
20 George G Burggraf was a chemist for the Meister Brau Brewery in Chicago. Here are some notes courtesy of Mike Foerster regarding brewing in Chicago.

Chicago brewing rebounded after the fire (though for a time the city subsisted on beer sent from Milwaukee), with more than sixty breweries in operation by the early part of the 20th century.

One of the most significant was that founded by Peter Hand, who arrived in Chicago from Prussia. First employed by the Conrad Seipp Brewing Company, a powerhouse brewery that survived the fire (but would not manage the same trick with Prohibition), Hand began his own brewery in 1891, with a focus on German styles.

His Meister Brau brand quickly became popular, and Hand's death in 1899 did not slow down the business. Although things were quiet during Prohibition (most brewers made soft drinks and near beer), the Peter Hand Brewery returned and remained very much a part of Chicago, even as other local breweries were being purchased or shut down (though many of those buildings and their associated tied houses are still standing).

Peter Hand's Old Chicago brand became the local canned go-to, and the Meister Brau brand continued to make history, albeit in a somewhat oblique manner. The brewery was purchased by investors in 1967 and renamed for its Meister Brau flagship. Around the same time, a biochemist from Rheingold Brewery in New York brought his formulation for 'Gablinger's Diet Beer' to Meister Brau; it became the first large-scale 'Lite' beer, but the writing was on the wall for Meister Brau; it was sold to Miller in 1972, who tinkered with the formula and relaunched the product as Miller Lite. By 1978, Meister Brau ceased brewing in Chicago?the last brewery in the city was gone. 
Burggraf, George G (I389)
21 Jackie Creciun - Email 2014

I have been taking the time to cruise through the Zerega family web site, this morning, and was very interested to see the story and pictures of Joe Zerega's bombing mission and capture by the Germans. I am again reminded of the story that my grandfather, Frank, told me, of Joe telling him that the German doctor, who had been caring for him, when he was a prisoner, said, when the tables were turned, "You were my prisoner, now I am yours." 
Zerega, Joseph John (I140)
22 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Glynn, M.D., James (I36)
23 Kathryn Meissen, age 90, of Bourbonnais passed away, Tuesday, November 26, 2019 at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee. She was born March 24, 1929 in Chicago, the daughter of George & Kathryn (Foerster) Burggraff. Kathy married Richard Meissen on July 7, 1950 in Chicago. He preceded her in death on October 29, 1995.

Kathy was a retired English teacher at Bradley Bourbonnais Community High School. She was a graduate of Quincy College. Kathy enjoyed reading and traveling. She was an animal lover.

Kathy was a parishioner of St. George Catholic Church in St. George.

Surviving are two sons and two daughters-in-law, Richard Jay & Laura Meissen of Sparks, NV and David & Vivian Meissen of St. Anne; two daughters, Christine Lade of Bradley and Suzanne Meissen of Denver, CO; four grandchildren, Kate Markley, Ben Meissen, Ethan Meissen, and Nate Meissen; and one great-grandchild, Emmett Markley. In addition to her husband, Richard Meissen, Kathy is preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Betty Ann Zerega.

Visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m. Monday, December 2, 2019 at Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home in Bourbonnais. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at St. George Catholic Church. Rev. Dan Belanger will officiate the service. Burial will follow at St. George Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to New Beginnings For Cats.  
Burggraf, Kathryn Mary (I391)
24 MARREN Therese V. of Amityville, N.Y., passed away peacefully at her home on Friday September 2, 2016. She was born to the late Antoni Z. and Anna R. Vermylen on April 29, 1923, in Brooklyn, N.Y. She was a graduate of St. Angela Hall Academy in Brooklyn and Notre Dame College (now part of St. John's University) in Staten Island, N.Y. After graduating from college, she worked for several years in the travel and magazine publishing industries in New York City.

She married Thaddeus F. Marren, World War II veteran and fellow native of Brooklyn, in April 1951,and they made their home in Massapequa Park, N.Y., where they raised their family of seven children. Mr. Marren predeceased her in 1970.

For many years she was an administrative assistant with the athletics department of Molloy College, Rockville Centre, N.Y. She was a parishioner of Our Lady of Lourdes R.C. Church in Massapequa Park and St. Martin of Tours R.C. Church in Amityville.

She was a talented amateur artist, a dedicated "mall-walker," and an avid traveler. Her life-long interests included swimming and tennis, and she was a passionate follower of professional tennis, faithfully attending the U.S. Open tournament in New York for many years. She was a devoted fan of the N.Y. Mets but the Brooklyn Dodgers were her first baseball love.

She loved the seashore, especially the beaches of Long Island, and in particular Long Island's North Shore and East End, which she knew well from the earliest days of her childhood. She is survived by six children: Joanne (Alan Goldman); Thaddeus, Jr., and his daughter Katherine; James (Joleen), and their children Sam, Emily and Luke; Thomas (Susan), and his son Thomas, Jr.; Paul (Catherine), and their children Paul Jr. and Christine; Marianne, and her children Olivia, Kyle, Connor, and Nina, as well as many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her son Anthony in Feb. 2016. Reposing at Massapequa Funeral Home Inc. South Chapel 4980 Merrick Road (Co. Whitewood Dr.) Massapequa Park, on Monday Sept. 5th from 2-4 and 7-9PM. Funeral Mass at St. Martin of Tours, 37 Union Ave., Amityville, on Tuesday Sept. 6, at 10:30AM. Interment to follow at St. Charles Cemetery in East Farmingdale, N.Y. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to Catholic Charities  
Vermylen, Therese (I112)
25 Nancy Barr Vermylen, 91, of Saddle River and Shoreham, N.Y., died on February 11.

She was an alumna of The Ursuline School in New Rochelle, N.Y. (1938) and Trinity College (now Trinity Washington University, 1942). She was a past president of the Board of Cerebral Palsy Center of Bergen County, a volunteer in the Valley Hospital Auxiliary of Ridgewood and at The Forum School of Waldwick. She was a long-time parishioner of St. Gabriel's Church in Saddle River where she was a Eucharistic Minister.

She is survived by her husband of 66 years, Paul Anthony Vermylen; her children, Paul Jr. (Robin), Jay, Peter (Cathleen), David (Stacy), Jessica Vermylen Fiddes (John), Robert (Mary) and Mark (Barbara); her 21 grandchildren; and her nine great-grandchildren.

A funeral Mass was celebrated on Feb. 15 at St. Gabriel's Church in Saddle River. Interment was private.  
Barr, Nancy Primrose (I190)
26 Patricia Foerster Smith, former DeKalb, Ill. resident, passed away July 27, 2010, in Fort Myers, Fla.

The daughter of John and Dorothy (Grimm) Foerster, she was born and raised in the Chicago area. She attended Illinois State University and Northern Illinois University, earning a Master of Arts in speech and theater. In Illinois, she taught at Waubonsee College, Kishwaukee College, NIU, Loyola University in Chicago and Northwestern University. After moving to Fort Myers, she taught at Edison College.

A member of the union of professional costumers, she founded the firm of West End Costumes, which specialized in historic garments. She also pursued a second career in the area of travel and tourism, working for Delta Air Lines, as well as several travel agencies in the Chicago area, and teaching college courses in this field.

She is survived by her husband, Elwood Smith of Fort Myers; and her brother, Michael Foerster of Bristol, Wis. 
Foerster, Patricia Rose (I471)
27 Richard James Donovan?was born in Colton, NY in 1867. His parents, James and Bridget Haggerty O'Donovan, were farmers in what?was (and still is)?a very remote part of St. Lawrence County. He attended St. Lawrence University, then?moved to Malone to start an insurance business. He then?relocated to Manhattan where he became an attorney, eventually having offices in the Flatiron Building and representing clients which included the New York Central Railroad. Donovan, Richard James (I24)
28 The Honorable William Joseph III, of Bayport, NY died on February 17, 2019 at age 80.

He was born in Brooklyn, NY to William J. Kent Jr., President of HC Bohack Inc., and Arlene, daughter of John P. Zerega of Zerega Pasta Company.

Bill went on to graduate with honors from the University of Arizona and became a Doctor of Law at Fordham University Law School in 1963. He served as Suffolk County Chief Deputy Attorney and District Court Justice before serving as a District, Family, and New York State Supreme Court Justice for over 32 years.

He was an avid reader of the New York Times, loved summers on Fire Island, and cherished his family above all else. Judge Kent was predeceased by his first wife, Kathryn (nee Bason), in 1996. He is survived by his wife, Patricia; son, William J. Kent, IV (Katie); and daughter, Jill DeSantis (Mark). Stepfather of Jared, Anna (Daniel), and David (Gina). Proud grandfather of Samantha (Benjamin), Stephen (Rebecca), Thomas, Julia, Ava, Ella, Laci, and the late Michael. Great-grandfather of Aayla Grace. Dear brother of John Kent (Mary) and Ethel Wheatley (Ron).  
Kent, William III (I46)
29 VERMYLEN--Paul Anthony, of Saddle River, NJ and Shoreham, NY, died peacefully on Saturday, October 31, 2015, at age 96. Predeceased by his wife of 66 years, Nancy Primrose Barr, he is survived by his children: Paul Jr. (Robin), Jay, Peter (Cathleen), David (Stacy), Jessica Vermylen Fiddes (John), Robert (Mary), and Mark (Barbara); twenty-one grandchildren and fifteen great-grandchildren.

Born in Brooklyn, NY, Paul was a loyal alumnus of La Salle Military Academy, Oakdale, NY (1937), which he attended on a full scholarship in the midst of the Depression and served as Cadet Captain in his senior year. At Georgetown University (1941), he excelled on the debate and tennis teams, graduated cum laude and most importantly, met Nancy Barr.

His legal education at Columbia Law School was interrupted by WWII, during which he served as a combat infantry officer in North Africa and Italy. In 1946, he married Nancy Barr and began a 60 year career at his family's business, A. Zerega's Sons, Inc., the first pasta company in the United States, founded by his great-grandfather in 1848. During his career, he grew the business before transitioning it to the fifth and now sixth generations of family management.

He was a Past Chairman of the Board of the National Pasta Association, President of the Upper Ridgewood Tennis Club, Saddle River Borough Councilman and active in many community organizations. Paul was a long-time parishioner of St. Gabriel's Church in Saddle River.

Funeral services are being made through Feeney Funeral Home, Ridgewood, NJ. www.feeneyfuneral home.com. Visiting hours, 2-4pm and 7-9pm Tuesday, November 3 at Feeney Funeral Home, 232 Franklin Ave., Ridgewood. Funeral Mass, 10:00am Wednesday, November 4 at St. Gabriel's Church, 88 East Saddle River Road, Saddle River, NJ. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations to The Children's Therapy Center in Fair Lawn, NJ would be appreciated. www.thechildre nstherapycenter.org. His family would like to extend a special note of thanks to his loving and compassionate caregivers, especially Vanessa Ramsay. 
Vermylen, Paul A (I163)
30 Witnesses: John P Zerega and Estella Maresi  Family: Frank L Zerega / Colomba M Maresi (F16)

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