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Gerardo “Jerry” Zezima, Jr., 80, Stamford-Born Business Owner

He attended local schools, served his country during the Korean War and worked as a carpenter and owner of the former Zezima Paint and Hardware store in Norwalk.

Gerardo “Jerry” Zezima, Jr., age 80, of Wilton, died peacefully at his home surrounded by his family on Wednesday, March 28, 2012. 

He was the loving husband of Toni Lodato Zezima. 

Jerry was born in Stamford on April 12, 1931, son of the late Gerardo Zezima, Sr., and the late Petronilla Vitti Zezima. He attended local schools, served his country during the Korean War and worked as a carpenter and owner of the former Zezima Paint and Hardware store in Norwalk. 

Jerry sang in the choir at in Wilton and was a volunteer at the Norwalk Soup Kitchen for 23 years. He was also an avid golfer and Mets fan and loved spending time with his family.

Survivors also include his son, Gerard Zezima, his daughter Terri Sargent, grandchildren Joseph Farenga, Brian Farenga and his wife Marybeth and Katie Tarver, great grandchildren Tyler, Sophia, Grace and Lily, his sister Anne Zezima Whitman and several nieces and nephews. Jerry was also predeceased by his brothers Michael, Anthony and Joseph, and his sisters Mary, Phyllis and Carmella.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, March 31, 9 am at St. Matthew Church, 216 Scribner Ave., Norwalk, with burial to follow at , Norwalk.  Jerry’s family will receive friends at the , 12 Mott Ave., Norwalk on Friday from 4-8 PM.  In lieu of flowers, donations in his name may be made to the Notre Dame Convalescent Home, 76 West Rocks Rd., Norwalk, 06851. For directions or to sign an online guest book, please go to magnerfuneralhome.com.

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