Louis E. Zych
unknown - November 6, 2011
Louis E. Zych, of Manlius, died Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011, surrounded by his loving family. He was 81, and thrilled to have achieved status as an octogenarian. Born in Syracuse to Louis S. and Veronica (Sutkowski) Zych, Lou graduated in 1948 from Eastwood High, where he was a proud member of the Eastwood High Bears football team, earning All-City Honors, and treasurer of his senior class. He received his bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the New York State Teachers College at Cortland, where he also played football.
Lou served in the Army during the Korean War as an intelligence analyst with the 113th Counter Intelligence Corps, and was awarded the National Defense Service Medal. Lou then completed his graduate studies in elementary education at Cortland and, after a brief first teaching job at Chestnut Hill Elementary School in Liverpool, he enjoyed a successful and fulfilling career at Jamesville-DeWitt. Lou “opened and closed” Genesee Hills Elementary School and taught until his retirement in 1991 at Jamesville Elementary School. Equally rewarding for him were his many years as an varsity football assistant coach at J-D.
Our dad was the ultimate teacher who showed us how to live - and die - with dignity, grace and courage. His ever-present smile and positive attitude were contagious, and we are all better people because of him.
Lou was predeceased by his beloved wife, Helen Brown Zych; his sister, Dorothy Simon; and his nephew, Dan Simon.
Survivors include his children, Anne Mary, John (Marge), Katy (Will) Buchanan and Kevin (Jessica); his six grandchildren of whom he was so proud, Meghan, Michael and Katherine Buchanan and Andrew, Oliver and Ellery Zych; his nephews and niece, Donald (Ann), David (Yvonne) and Debbie Simon; his brother-in-law, William Brown; and several cousins.
Mass of Christian burial: 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, at St. Ann’s Church, 104 Academy St., Manlius, with burial following at St. Mary’s Cemetery, DeWitt. Calling hours: 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11, at Newell-Fay Manlius Chapel, 8171 Cazenovia Road, Manlius. For directions, florists, or a guestbook, please visit scheppfamily.com. Contributions in lieu of flowers, may be made to the F-M Community Food Pantry, P.O. Box 626, Manlius, NY 13104.