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Obituary of Carl W. Zerrahn

It is with great sadness and broken hearts that we, his grandchildren, share the news of the unexpected passing of our Pop/Grandpa Z, Carl W. "Mike" Zerrahn Jr., 95, of Pine Harbour, Plattsburgh and Peru, NY on February 23, 2022. Pop was born May 16, 1926, in Oswego, NY, and was the last remaining of Carl Sr. and Louise (Kosbob) Zerrahn's nine children. He graduated from Oswego High School in 1944, served in the U.S. Army Airforce in 1945-1946, and graduated from Oswego State in 1949 with a BS in Education. June 12, 1948 was one of the most important days in Pop's life. That was the day he married Grandma, Angeline (Angie) Azzarelli. They had over 59 wonderful years, and four extremely active boys, together until Grandma's passing in 2007. You never will find a more devoted man than Pop during Grandma's battle with Alzheimer's in her later years. They moved in 1949 to Peru, NY, to stay a couple of years, when Grandpa Z became an Industrial Arts teacher at Peru Central School. That couple of years turned into Pop teaching at Peru for 38 years, retiring in 1987. While at Peru Central he did it all: coordinated audio-visual throughout the school; if the scoreboard in the gym went down, Coach Papero would call Pop; if Mr. Wilke needed something built for a school show or programs printed, Pop was there; when he was a class advisor, he took the students on a trip to New York City and Washington, DC. His work is on display as he made the letters saying "Peru Central School" that adorn the original school below the clock tower facing Rt. 22B. He also helped form the Peru Association of Teachers, and for over 30 years he taught at least one class in the Peru Adult Education program while serving as director of the program for 22 years. Pop was recognized for all he did by being enshrined in the Peru Central Hall of Fame in 2014. Being a part of his community was always important to Pop. He served on the Peru Youth Commission (even did a stint as chair); coached youth baseball and basketball (which included some impressive teams); volunteered his time at St. Augustine's school, Evergreen Valley Nursing Home, and Pine Harbour Assisted Living; demonstrated the steam engine his father built to elementary classrooms and visited classes on Veterans Day. Pop felt why do one job when you can do more. After serving a year as Fire Commissioner for Peru (1968), he started a 30-year side career (1968-1987) as Peru Town Justice. For 11 of the years he served in a dual role as Town Justice and Peru Town Board member. Our Grandpa Z didn't stop there. He was a founding Board member for Apple Valley Senior Housing in Peru and was appointed as a member of the initial STOP-DWI Program panel for Clinton County. For seven summers he was a Recreational Leader for Clinton County Youth Bureau, and for three summers (1971-73), he was the director for a summer program serving underprivileged boys from all over Clinton County through a partnership between Clinton County and Plattsburgh Air Force Base. Sports were always a big part of Pop's life. He was a standout baseball and softball player in the service, plus a strong bowler with a big lefty hook. He relished in attending his four boys' games over the years, and he was proud to be the patriarch of the Zerrahn boys who coached many years in the CVAC. He was very old school when it came to sports. Pop wanted to make sure his boys coached the basics, taught good sportsmanship, and played to win. Pop was an amazing husband to Grandma and a terrific father to his sons, but he really came into his glory in the role of Grandfather. Encouraging us, supporting us, being there for as many of our games, shows, concerts, graduations as he could. He even put on his judge hat again when in his 90s to perform three weddings for us. Grandpa Z was predeceased by his loving wife Angie, son Richard (Dick), granddaughter Mallory, parents, parents' in-law John and Laura Azzarelli, brothers Walter, Richard, Harold, George, and Thomas, and sisters Ruth, Helen, and Louise. He was the last of the original Oswego Zerrahns. He is survived by sons John (June), David (Billiejoe), Michael (companion Maggie), and daughter-in-law Nancy Zerrahn (Richard) along with his sisters-in-law Mary Lou Zerrahn and Barbara Azzarelli. And us, his loving grandchildren: Ian, Eric, Kristin, Stacy, Nathan, Allison, Nicole, and eleven great grandchildren with number 12 coming very soon, many nieces, nephews, and his travel partner in later life, Sylvia Stack. Pop was very grateful for all the people who played a special role in his life including the men's group at Pine Harbour (Ed, Dale, Howard, Tom), Sister Helen Hermann, the people of Peru, and the Pine Harbour community. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Pop's name to Third Age Adult Care Center 101 Broad St. Plattsburgh (for Alzheimer's support services), St. Augustine's Church, or the American Cancer Society. Viewing hours will be held Friday, March 4th from 5 to 7 pm at Hamilton Funeral Home 294 Mannix Road, Peru, NY. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Saturday, March 5th at 11 am at St. Augustine's Church, Peru, NY. Burial will follow in the parish cemetery. Arrangements are in the care of the Hamilton Funeral Home, 294 Mannix Road, Peru, 643-9055.
Friday
4
March

Visitation at Funeral Home

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Friday, March 4, 2022
Hamilton Funeral Home Inc.
294 Mannix Road
Peru, New York, United States
Saturday
5
March

Mass

11:00 am
Saturday, March 5, 2022
St. Augustine's Church
Main Street
Peru, New York, United States

Final Resting Place

St. Augustine's Cemetery
Main Street
Peru, New York, United States