Stephan M. Zubrzycki

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November 15, 1939 to October 22, 2013

LOWVILLE – Stephan M. Zubrzycki, 73, passed away early Tuesday morning, October 22, 2013, at home on the McCue Road, with his family by his side.

Steve was born November 15, 1939, in the town of Turin, the son of Martin and Katherine Wojnarowski Zubrzycki. He graduated from Lowville Academy and was married to Ruth J. Manzer on September 3, 1960, at St. Hedwig’s Catholic Church with Rev. Cassian A. Zembrzuski officiating. In 1961, the couple purchased a farm on State Route 12 in West Lowville and operated the dairy farm for 46 years retiring in 2003. Steve and Ruth then sold the farm in 2007 to Sue and Mike Maring what is now known as Tug Hill Vineyards, where they most recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 2010. In his retirement, Steve enjoyed working for Herb & Merle Yancey Combining Farms, plowed snow for Dave Johnson’s snowplow service at Tops Plaza and worked at Demko Farms until his death. Steve also was a two term town of Lowville councilman.

Over the years, Steve was well-known as an all-around athlete, playing in county softball and basketball leagues and he was past-president of the church softball league; was an avid golfer who just won the 2013 Monday Night Elks League at Carlowden along with his nephew, Stas Samsa; bowled in the Sunday night league for 54 years; enjoyed playing tennis as a young man and was a proud supporter of LACS Booster Club. He was one of the founding owners of R&R Hunting Club and was one heck of a Euchre player.

Steve was also a member of the Lewis County Marine Corp League Detachment # 754; Lewis County Memorial Post #6912 V.F.W. and life member of Lowville Elk’s Lodge #1605.

Steve is survived by his wife, Ruth; his mother-in-law, Irene Manzer of Lowville; two sons and their wives: Timothy J. and Katherine of Syracuse and Anthony S. and Karen of Lowville; his sister, Sophie Samsa of Lowville and his five grandchildren whom he was so proud of: Benjamin, Chase, Cole and twins Emma and Stephan and several nieces and nephews.

Four brothers: Anthony, Edward, Stanley and Karl Zubrzycki and four sisters: Frances Butula, Janice Pelcher, Louise Vogt and Caroline Williams all died before him.

The “Purpose of Life” is a Life of Purpose. Stephan had a good one, and carried it out to the fullest.

Steve was a communicant of St. Peter’s Catholic Church, where a funeral mass will be said on Friday, October 25th at 10 A.M. with Rev. Christopher Carrara, pastor officiating. Burial will follow in the Lowville Rural Cemetery.

Family and friends may call at the Sundquist Funeral Home on Thursday from 2-4 and 6-8 P.M. Memorial contributions may be made in Stephan’s name to: Friends of Lewis County Hospice, Inc., P.O. Box 266, Lowville, NY 13367.

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