John E. Zona, 87, of North Huntingdon passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family Friday, March 8, 2019. He was born January 17, 1932 in Shafton, a son of the late Henry and Assunta (Feola) Zona. Prior to his retirement, he was employed as a tool and die maker for Westinghouse Electric of East Pittsburgh. He is a veteran of the U.S. Army, where he served during the Korean War, and also as an M.P. in Okinawa, Japan. He was a member of St. Agnes Church in North Huntingdon, a social member of the Larimer Volunteer Fire Dept, and he was at one time, Fire Chief for Shafton Volunteer Fire Department. John was one of the original twelve members of Rescue 8 Ambulance of North Huntingdon, which started in 1954, and was a member of the Jacktown Ride and Hunt Club, where he was acting President of The Beer Club. John was also a current Judge of Elections in Precinct 5-2. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife, Marianne (Bucciarelli) Zona; son, Eric Zona; son-in-law, Michael Jones; grandson, Dominic Zona; and ten brothers and sisters. He is the last survivor of the eleven Zona children. Surviving are five children, Mark Zona and his wife, Diana, of Lexington SC, Debbie Jones, of Trafford, Jeff Zona and his wife, D’Ann, of Utica MI, Ronald Zona and his wife, Janice, of North Huntingdon, Lisa Zona, of North Huntingdon, and daughter-in-law, Cindy Zona, of North Huntingdon; seven grandchildren, Bethany Jones, Adrian, Angela, Emily, Nicholas, and Anthony Zona, and Megan DeMarchi; and three great grandchildren, Carmelina, Juliana, and Vincent. His family and overwhelming number of friends will miss his unique humor, his love for gardening, and his homemade Italian hot sausage. As John would say, “after all of that, they’re back together again”. Friends will be received 3 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Ott Funeral Home Inc. 805 Pennsylvania Avenue Irwin. Parting prayers will be held 9:20 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home followed by a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial celebrated in the St. Agnes Church, North Huntingdon. Interment will follow in the Immaculate Conception Cemetery, North Huntingdon.
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