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Gary L. Zanko

Gary L. Zanko

May 1, 2018

On May 1, 2018, Gary L. Zanko, born July 8, 1945, passed away peacefully.  He was born in Duluth, MN, the son of John Zanko and Frances Peterson.

Gary attended University of Minnesota at Duluth graduating in 1968 with a B.S. Tech Ed/Industrial Arts.

On July 27, 1968, he married Rosemary Conner in Superior, WI.  In 1970 Gary and Rosemary moved to Eau Claire and later had three children. 

Gary taught at both Eau Claire North and Memorial High Schools as well as DeLong and South Middle Schools.  He was also an assistant football coach and drivers education instructor at Memorial.  Gary retired after teaching 30 years in the Eau Claire School District in the mid 1990’s.

Gary was a member of the Eau Claire Rod & Gun Club and a member of the Chippewa Valley ATV Club.  He enjoyed spending time at his camper in Ladysmith and enjoyed time spent with family.

He is survived by his wife, Rosemary of 49 years; three children, Christopher Zanko of Eau Claire, Stephanie (Dave) Jann of Eau Claire, Patricia (Daren) Bundy of Fall Creek; three grandchildren, Michael Hazen, Matthew (Bailey) Hazen, and Brian Jann; and one great-granddaughter, Paisley Hazen. 

Gary will be reunited with his late grandson, Robbie who passed away in 2009; also with his parents; and his brother, Steve.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 5, 2018, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Fall Creek with Pastor Karlton Kangus officiating.  Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service Saturday at church.  Burial will be private at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Fall Creek.  Memorials are preferred to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.

Chippewa Valley Cremation Services in Altoona is serving the family. 


one hour prior to the service at church.


11 a.m. on Saturday, May 5, 2018 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Fall Creek, WI

Florist Information

Brent Douglas- Flowers for Everyday (715)831-0997. All flowers are to be delivered to church by 9:30 a.m. on Saturday.


  • Brian Mero Gary had more impact on my life than any other teacher I had growing up. I chose to take woodworking all through high school and Gary was my teacher every year. He always pushed me to challenge myself in using ever more demanding techniques. I have never stopped woodworking and I owe my skill to him.

    May 4 at 7:22am

  • Ken Ripp I am sorry to read of Gary's (Zank as we called him on the football field) death. I coached football at Memorial High School for several years with Gary. I remember him as a highly principled man who was demanding but fair to all the players. It was a pleasure to have known and coached with Gary. Take care.
    Ken Ripp

    May 2 at 8:38am

  • Peter Conner & Family Rosemary and family.
    Our deepest thoughts an prayers are with you. God bless you all, and may Gary Rest In Peace with our lord and his departed family.
    Pete, Sandy and our family

    May 2 at 7:34am

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