Obituary: John “Jack” Zito

Dec. 31, 1921 – April 12, 2019 

John “Jack” Zito, 97, of Sister Bay died at Scandia Village Good Samaritan.

He was born in Chicago, the son of the late Frank and Lorna (Robertson) Zito. Jack served his country as a submariner during WWII stationed in the Pacific on the USS Trepang. On March 2, 1944, he married Margaret “Noni” Hogan, the absolute love of his life, in Denver. Noni preceded Jack in death on May 21, 2017.

Jack was an entrepreneur who started a custom envelope and printing business called Carrier Envelope in Chicago until his retirement in 1995.

He was an active member of Stella Maris Parish in Sister Bay. Jack loved being on, in or under the water. In his younger years, he was a life guard on North Avenue Beach and a member of its rowing team. When the children were younger, Jack took an interest in scuba diving, which took him on dive trips all over the world and ultimately led him to boating and Door County. His adventures in boating, primarily on the Great Lakes, are legendary and fuel for many “remember when” stories by family and friends.

After his boating life, Jack became an avid golfer. He organized the Scand golf outings and fundraiser, loved to golf at Peninsula Golf Course and managed the Ephraim Yacht Harbor. He was a member of the Porsche Club of America and raced his cars at Elkhart Lake Road America.  

Surviving are his five children and their families, Hugh (Linda) of Honolulu, Hawaii, Catherine (Thomas) Vincus of Crystal Lake, Illinois, Kevin (Tamara) of Sister Bay, Steven (Catherine) of Spring, Texas, and Mark (Christina) of Avon, Colorado; seven grandchildren, Anne (Tavis) Rousseau, Christopher (Shannon) Stephen, Benjamin (Jane) Stephen, William Zito, Jennifer Zito, Jillian Zito (Charles Whitwam), Austin Zito; and six great-grandchildren.

Preceding him in death are his half-brother, Raymond Anderson; step-father, Paul Tarnowske; and beloved son James Patrick Zito.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 am, Friday, June 28, at Stella Maris Parish in Sister Bay, with Fr. David Ruby as the celebrant. Military honors will follow. Burial will follow at St. Rosalia’s Cemetery in Sister Bay. Friends may call at Stella Maris Parish in Sister Bay on Friday, June 28, 9:30-11 am.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed in Jack’s memory to Scandia Village and Unity Hospice.

Jack Zito will be truly missed by all who knew and loved him.

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Donations may be made to:

Good Samaritan Society-Scandia Village
10560 Applewood Rd., Sister Bay WI 54234
Tel: 1-920-854-2317

Unity (Hospice and Palliative Care)
2366 Oak Ridge Circle, De Pere WI 54115
Tel: 1-800-990-9249

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