John "Jack" Zwettler
Updated On: Jan 31 2013 11:46:04 AM CST
MADISON - Jack Zwettler died January 28,2013, in the company of family and friends at Sebring Assisted Living, in Madison, WI at the age of 91—just three weeks short of his 92nd birthday. He is survived by his loving wife, Cora (nee Hood of Madison), seven children: Timothy (Bobbi)Eugene, OR; Gregory (Judy Newman),Eugene ,OR; Stephen (Barbara Brummer),Madison, WI; Barbara Hunter(Bob) Mt Horeb, WI; Julie Buchanan(Dr. David) Monroe, WI; Christopher (Bernadette)Madison, WI; and Robin (Anne Kelly)Oak Park, IL; 17 Grandchildren, and 12 Great Grandchildren.
Jack was born in Blue Mounds, WI and grew up on the dairy farm of his parents Frank and Alice (nee Boyle) Zwettler in Mazomanie, WI with 9 other siblings. He moved off the farm, like so many of his peers, to serve in WWII as part of America’s “greatest generation.” He and a buddy “commandeered” a jeep and drove into Paris on the night of VE day and celebrated the end of the war with thousands of his countrymen and women and millions of delirious Parisians—this is a memory coaxed out of him and relished by his history- loving son. He returned from the war and graduated from the UW-Madison with a degree in business administration. Jack soon began raising his large family and started his long career with Wisconsin Power and Light/Alliant Energy, which spanned nearly 40 years. He held many positions with WPL and retired as Director of Internal Audits in 1982. In retirement, he was known as a tireless supporter and volunteer for HospiceCare, (Agrace HospiceCare) where he excelled in comforting the sick and dying. In addition he took great pride in performing many of his familial duties including babysitting grandchildren, teaching them how to play his beloved euchre, and helping wallpaper countless houses and apartments that his children inhabited. Jack is a formerDane County “Ten Who Mattered Most”,an honor attained in part due to his efforts with HospiceCare.
He is remembered fondly by his wife and family as a man who was committed to his Catholic faith and deeply loved his family. He supported his children in all that they did—even, and perhaps especially, when he disagreed with them. He was a lover of the game of golf which he played with his wife Cora and his children, who were privileged to grow up attaining a love for the game. He relished many fond memories of weekend and summer evening golf at his beloved Nakoma Country Club. He walked as if he was a Kenyan marathoner and could be seen motoring down the fairway, pushing his golf cart in front of him (he never rode) as his wife and children skipped behind trying to keep up. He was a life-long reader and passed this important love down to his children and grandchildren.Jack and Cora were terrific dancers. They were known to dance the night away at Nakoma functions and many other venues around Madison. He was a great supporter of Our Lady of Queen of Peace Catholic Parish and Edgewood High School where he once served as President of the Athletic Association, and where his son Chris is now Athletic Director and Boys Basketball Coach.He was a master of the family Sunday barbeque where his children and their friends were always welcome and where gatherings of twenty or more were not uncommon. He was known to have a cocktail or two while cooking his special Sunday marinated chicken on the grill at an insanely low temperature so as to prolong the cocktail hour and the conversation it brought. He was a tenacious sports fan of the Green Bay Packers, Wisconsin Badgers and Milwaukee Brewers.He was a devoted friend to many in Madison but in particular to Ray Sweeney and Bill Murphy and their families. Jack was a man who built aloving marriage andfamily, a respected career, and a home that was treasured by his children as safe and warm- a place where they were always welcome no matter how the world had treated them. He left a large footprint on Madison and Dane County and will be greatly missed.
The family would like to thank Coventry Village, Sebring Assisted Living, and AgraceHospicecare for their compassionate and loving support, which will never be forgotten.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at OUR LADY QUEEN OF PEACE CATHOLIC CHURCH, 401 S Owen Dr, Madison, at 11AM on Monday, February 4, 2013, with Father John Hedrick presiding. A Wake Service will be held at Our Lady Queen of Peace Church at 3PM on Sunday. Visitation will be held at the church from 3PM - 6PM on Sunday, February 3, 2013 and again at the church on Monday from 10AM until time of Mass. Burial will at Resurrection Catholic Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Agrace HospiceCare, Edgewood High School Athletic Association or Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish. To view and sign this guestbook, please visit: www.ryanfuneralservice.com
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