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Francis G. “Frank” Zell

Posted By Hans Funeral Home On December 17, 2016 @ 10:57 am In Obituary | 8 Comments


GUILDERLAND – Francis G. “Frank” Zell, 84, of Guilderland, passed away on Thursday, December 15, 2016.  Frank was born in Albany, the son of the late Francis J. and Ruth deSeve Zell.  He lived in the area all his life.  He was a graduate of Vincentian Institute in Albany, and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War as a combat infantry sergeant, and was employed for many years by Johnson Controls.  He was a member of the Zaloga Post and loved playing Tuesday night poker.  To Frank, his family was everything, and brought him his greatest joy.  He also was a communicant of Blessed Sacrament Church in Albany, and enjoyed wintering in Florida, and summering in Cape Cod.

Frank was predeceased by his beloved wife Dolores Morgan Zell in 2013.  He is survived by his sons Brian F. Zell (Linda Uhl) of Slingerlands, and Matthew J. Zell, Sr. (Valerie Baldwin) of New Scotland; his sister Barbara A. Zell of Albany; his brother V. Joseph Zell (Bourbon Whitehead) of Sarasota, FL;  his grandchildren Brianna, Morgan, Matthew Jr., and Fallon; and by several nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his sister Ruth L. Zell.

The family would like to thank the staff of Atria Guilderland, who were like extended family to Frank, and the staffs of St. Peter’s Hospital and Hospice for their compassionate care.

Funeral services will be held in the Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave., Albany, Monday morning at 9:15 a.m., and from there to Blessed Sacrament Church, Central Ave., Albany at 10:30 a.m.  Relatives and friends are invited, and may call at the funeral home Sunday from 3-7 p.m.  Interment will be in Our Lady of Angels Cemetery.  To leave a message of condolence for the family, or obtain directions to the funeral home, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.

Condolences for the family of “Francis G. “Frank” Zell”

Condolence from Dennis and Jean Taylor on December 17th, 2016 11:36 am

Matt, Valerie and family. So sorry to hear about the passing of Frank. You are all in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. Love, Uncle Dennis and Aunt Jean

Condolence from Mark Levine on December 17th, 2016 12:39 pm

To the Zell family,

Please accept my condolences on the passing of Mr. Zell. We were neighbors for years on Benson Street in Albany and I always admired how he and his wife kept their home and property so beautiful. May he rest in peace

Mark W. Levine
Levine Memorial Chapel

Condolence from Sister Julia Mary Werner RSM on December 17th, 2016 7:03 pm

My sympathy, Barbara, on your brother’s death. Sister Kathleen and I have been praying for Frank every morning by name since the last time I met you and you mentioned that he was ill. I won’t be able to come to the wake but hope to make his funeral Mass. Peace, Sister Jule

Condolence from The Minnick Family on December 18th, 2016 9:55 am

Sending our deepest sympathies to the Zell Family. We enjoyed meeting your father at ball games and Pyramid Lake; he was a warm and fun man who loved his family. We will be holding you in prayer as you navigate the difficult days ahead; please call if we can do anything to help ease the way for you.

Condolence from Jorge and Mari Plata on December 18th, 2016 10:28 am

Our deepest condolences to the Zell Family…

The Platas

Condolence from Barbara & Brian Zell and the family on December 18th, 2016 1:03 pm

My sympathy and prayers are with you all at this time of loss of your brother and father. Gerry Cross

Condolence from Dennis & Melissa Taylor on December 18th, 2016 9:56 pm

Matt, Val & family,
We are sad to hear the news about Matt’s dad. You’re all in our thoughts and prayers.
Love, Dennis, Melissa & kids

Condolence from Michael D’Amario- Atria Guilderland on December 19th, 2016 3:43 am

On behalf of myself and the entire staff of Atria Guilderland, our deepest sympathies. Frank was a very dear friend of many residents and staff of the community and he will be missed.

With all of our thoughts and prayers,

Michael D’Amario
Atria Guilderland

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