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Thomas J. Zazella

Posted 2013-10-31 by Pat Wilson
Rev. Msgr. Thomas J. Zazella, 62, died at his home in Phoenix, Arizona on May 31, 2006. He was born on July 3, 1943 in Paterson, New Jersey.

After graduating in 1961 from St. Bonaventure High School in Paterson, New Jersey, he entered the novitiate in Oyster Bay, New York and in 1964 became a Professed Member of the Franciscan Brothers of Brooklyn. He was awarded a bachelor's degree from St. Francis College, Brooklyn, New York and master's degrees from Fordham University, New York.

He served as a teacher and administrator at St. Bartholomew School, Brooklyn, New York, St. Francis Preparatory School, Queens, New York, Paterson Catholic High School, Paterson, New Jersey and Neumann Prep High School, Wayne, New Jersey. In 1976, he entered Pope John XXIII National Seminary in Weston, Massachusetts and was ordained in 1978. He was named Prelate of Honor with the title Monsignor in 1993. He was a priest and pastor in a number of parishes, including St. Margaret of Scotland Church in Morristown, New Jersey and SS Cyril & Methodius Church in Clifton, New Jersey. He was a past member of the Clergy Board and Director of Clergy Personnel for the Diocese of Paterson, New Jersey.

He retired to Phoenix to be with his extended family and found happiness through his involvement with St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Faith Community in Chandler, Arizona. He enriched the lives of many and will be deeply missed by his loving family.

He is survived by his brother, Frank Zazella and wife Mary, niece Kelly O'Connor and husband Larry Scarborough, nephew John Zazella and wife Janet, grand nieces Monica and Sarah Zazella and Morgan O'Connor, and grand nephews Gavin O'Connor and Thomas Zazella.

Visitation was held on Friday, June 2 at St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Faith Community, 3450 West Ray Road, Chandler, Arizona and will be followed by a mass at the same location.

Published in The Arizona Republic from 6/1/2006 - 6/2/2006.

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