My father left the physical world on St. Patrick's Day last week [significant to me because of many marriages to Irish in both my parents' backgrounds].
Bill came into marriage with my mother rather alone; the Zewes didn't seem as clannish as my mother's Irish/German side. His mother died when I was a baby and his father when Dad was 17. Of his two sisters, Joan and Rita, Rita was the only one who had any contact. I knew his uncle Joe, married to Molly Zewe, sister to Alphonse. Molly died when I was about 5 years old. Uncle Joe told me a few things about Alphonse which were rather comical to me.....I'm guessing they were the reflections of one who had strained relations with his brother-in-law. What he relayed to me when I asked about my grandfather was as follows:
"Al was the kind of person who always thought a little too much of himself and he cheated at cards!"
I replied, "Thanks for sharing that valuable information about my grandpap, Uncle Joe!"
Looking at photos of my grandfather, one can see that he was exceedingly handsome; There was talk in the family that he was a ladies man too. So perhaps, Uncle Joe had his nose out of joint!.... My father, William, was also quite handsome; I think more than his dad.
Anyway, I'm posting Bill's obituary as a start to this thread in case any are interested. I may be back with more reflections. If I see any inquires for more information, I'll ask my mum for help. I'd like to hear from any others as Dad's family wasn't really a part of my knowing. I believe all Zewes are related somehow so, drop me a line.
Long live the Zewes!
Michelle L. Zewe
Obituaries For Thursday, March 19, 2009
William A. Zewe
William A. Zewe, 84, of Natrona Heights, died Tuesday, March 17, 2009, in VA Hospital, Aspinwall, following a brief illness. He was born July 27, 1924, in McKeesport, a son of the late Alphonse and Nellie (O'Donnell) Zewe. He lived for the past 37 years in Natrona Heights, living prior to that in Montoursville for four years. He worked as an accountant for Action Industries, Cheswick, and also worked for a number of large national companies. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Army as a medic and a POW at the Battle of Bulge. He was of the Catholic faith and was a life member of Natrona Heights VFW. He graduated from Mt. Lebanon High School and Duquesne University. He enjoyed golf, bowling, softball, enjoyed sports, and was a Steeler and Penguin fan. Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Patricia L. (McPhilimy) Zewe; sons, Richard J. Zewe, of Munhall, Robert W. (Beverly) Zewe, of Johnstown, and David C. Zewe, of Cresson; daughters, Michelle L. Zewe, of Creighton, and Alicia A. Miller, of Tarentum; sons, Christopher J. (Diane) Zewe, of Tarentum, and Michael J. Zewe, of Lakeworth, Fla.; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Rita LaGrange and Nellie B. Zewe. Relatives and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in the DUSTER FUNERAL HOME INC., Tenth Avenue at Corbet Street, Tarentum, 724-224-1526, where a blessing service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday with the Rev. Wesley M. Mash officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Airy Cemetery, Natrona Heights, with full military honors.