Vernon Twp., NJ: Zurino “Zeke” Paolo Collodel, 92 years old, passed away peacefully at Karen Ann Quinlan Home for Hospice in Fredon Twp., NJ on Friday, April 30, 2021. Born to Peter and Santina Collodel in Paterson, NJ, he had lived in Haskell, NJ before moving to Vernon Twp., NJ 53 years ago.
Zeke served in the United States Navy during the Korean War and then worked as an Aeronautics engineer for Kearfott Navigation and Guidance in Little Falls, NJ for 42 years retiring in 1994. Zeke was an active parishioner of St. Francis deSales RC Church in Vernon and a member of the Knights of Columbus. He enjoyed fishing, shooting, woodworking and most of all volunteering for any work to help others.
Zeke was predeceased by his wife, Margaret Collodel, a son, Mark Collodel, a daughter, Pamela Henry, 2 grandchildren, Katelyn and Mark and a sister, Ermalinda Schweighardt and is the devoted father of Donna Avila and her husband, Richard of Moreno Valley, CA, Michele Stevens and her husband, Charles of New Providence, PA, Norine Collodel of Quarryville, PA and Michael Collodel and his wife, Donna of Easton, ME. Cherished by 7 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.
Private cremation services under the direction of Ferguson-Vernon Funeral Home, 241 Route 94, Vernon, NJ. Interment of cremains at Glenwood Cemetery to be scheduled for a later date. Memorial gifts to Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice, 99 Sparta Avenue, Newton, NJ 07860 would be greatly appreciated.