Robert L. Zmarzlak

Robert L. Zmarzlak
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Robert L. Zmarzlak, 73, of Fairfield, the husband of RoseAnn DeFelice Zmarzlak, died Aug. 22 at home.

Born in Bridgeport, he was the son of the late Andrew and Margaret Heigel Zmarzlak. He had been a resident of Fairfield for 43 years.

He was a sailor aboard the Aircraft Carrier USS Essex CVA9 from 1955 to 1958. After his service in the U.S. Navy, he worked for Avco Lycoming, retiring after 35 years. He also spent 20 years working part-time for Hawley Industrial Hardware. He also worked in maintenance for St. Pius X Church and later for Holy Family Church, where he recently retired.

He regularly volunteered as a craftsman to help friends, neighbors and those in need. He and his wife semi-annually participated in Emmaus retreats at Our Lady of the Assumption Church.

Survivors, in addition to his wife, include three children, Robert Zmarzlak of Los Angeles, Calif., Rose Zmarzlak of Stratford and David Zmarzlak of Fairfield; four grandchildren, Brittney and Lindsey Croteau, and Tyler and Dylan Zmarzlak; a sister, Justine Scherback of Stratford; two sisters-in-law, Louise Macchiarelli and her husband, Michael, of Bridgeport and Judith DeFelice of Southbury; a brother-in-law, Fred DeFelice and his wife, Sherrie, of Florida, and several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be Thursday, Aug. 25, from 4 to 8 p.m., in the Lesko & Polke Funeral Home, 12009 Post Road. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 26, in Holy Family Church. Burial with military honors will be in Oak Lawn Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Holy Family Church, 700 Old Stratfield Road, Fairfield, CT 06825. To order flowers, travel directions or sign an online guest register, visit