The Obit For Henry Zajac

Henry J. Zajac

Published in The Record-Journal from February 22 to February 23, 2011

MERIDEN - Henry Joseph Zajac, 95, passed away on Sunday, Feb. 20, 2011, at Miller Memorial Community. He was the beloved husband of Helen (Tish) Geary Zajac for 70 years.

Born in Meriden, the son of the late Joseph and Katherine Brys Zajac, Henry attended St. Stanislaus School and graduated from Meriden High School where he starred in baseball and basketball. Following graduation he chose professional baseball as a career, joining the St. Louis Cardinal organization and appearing with the parent team in spring training 1938. When he returned to Meriden, he played professional ball for five years with the Meriden Endees, Savitt Gems and New Britain Machine Company.

Henny was employed by New Departure in Meriden for over 30 years and retired in 1972 from the Bristol plant. He was an avid sports fan, particularly enjoying Red Sox baseball, golf and UConn basketball. He and his wife took many trips together, but his favorite was the annual family vacation at Cape Cod.
n 1988 Henry was recognized by the Meriden Sports Club as a Sportsman of Distinction, for his many years coaching the Meriden Intermediate League, and mentoring baseball pitchers at both Maloney and Platt High Schools.

In addition to his devoted and loving wife, he is survived by his cherished daughter, Kathleen and her husband, Richard Wallenius. He was very proud of his two granddaughters, Brooke and her husband, Charles Davis, of Charleston, S.C., and Kristen and her husband, Matthew Park, of Branford; his two very special great-granddaughters, Grace Harper Davis and Campbell DeWitt Davis. Henry is also survived by two brothers, caring and devoted, Edward Zajac and his wife, Patricia, and Alfred Zajac and his wife, Rosemary; sisters-in-law, Geraldine G. Trent and Helen, Margaret, and Mary Zajac; as well as several nieces and nephews. Henry was predeceased by sisters, Emily Zajac and Helen Gaj; brothers, Stanley, Walter, Benjamin, Charles, Frank and Theodore; brothers-in-law, Jack Geary and his wife, Marie, and Richard Geary and his wife, Mae.

The funeral will be held on Saturday, Feb. 26 at 11 a.m., from the John J. Ferry & Sons Funeral Home, 88 E. Main St., Meriden, and at 11:30 a.m., at St. Rose of Lima Church for a Mass of Christian burial. Burial will be in St. Patrick's Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home on Saturday from 9 to 11 a.m., prior to the Mass.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made/sent to the Lisa Ann Trent Scholarship Fund, 5 Coursen Way, Madison, NJ 07940, Henry's predeceased godchild.

To the Miller Memorial Community staff and friends, the family is grateful and deeply appreciative for their friendship, kindnesses and exceptional care.