John Emery Zaback
John (Jack) Emery Zaback, 82, of The Villages, FL passed peacefully on February 9, 2020 while surrounded by his family. Jack was born in Ashtabula, Ohio, the son of John and Ethel (Edwards) Zaback. He graduated from Ashtabula High School in 1955 and received a Bachelor of Science in Commerce from the University of Notre Dame in 1959. On September 9, 1961 he married his high school sweetheart Sue Ridgway, and together they celebrated 58 years of marriage. An officer in the National Guard, he served active duty and in the reserves from 1960-1968. Jack's working career spanned nearly 50 years including his time at the Zaback Funeral Home, as partner at McDonald & Company Investments, and President of Society Bank of Eastern Ohio. An active member of his community, he was a campaign chairman for the United Way and the American Cancer Society. He enjoyed time spent as a member of the Elks Club and the Rotary Club. He was a lifelong parishioner at Mother of Sorrows in Ashtabula, and most recently at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in The Villages. Beyond anything, Jack's greatest joy came from being with family and friends. He loved them them all, and they loved him. He was a wonderful husband, grandfather, father, brother, and friend. Jack is survived by his wife Sue along with his three sons, Jay, Tom, Chris (Maureen), his sister Mary Jane Klepek, his brother Jerry (Pat), nine grandchildren - Sara, Maura, Erica, Katie, Thomas, Andrew, Mara, Cara, Emmy, and one great grandchild, Olivia. Jack was preceded in death by his parents, John and Ethel Zaback, his daughter Mary Kay Greenwood, and his brother-in-law Frank Klepek. A mass of Christian burial will be held on Monday, February 24, 2020 at 1:00 PM at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, Wildwood FL. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, Wildwood, FL, Building the Way to Heaven Campaign, 5323 E CR 462, Wildwood, FL 34785.
Published on February 15, 2020


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Ron and Judy Maxwell
Feb 26, 2020
Condolences to Sue Kay, and his family. Jack held a special place in our lives while we were in Ashtabula . And our memories of him and family will always remain.
Feb 19, 2020
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Jim Swedenborg
Feb 18, 2020
Jack was a special friend
Knowing him made every one a
better person in their own way
He will be missed
My sympathy to Sue and family.
Carl F. Muller
Feb 18, 2020
Jack was one of the good guys. He kind and smart and knew how to tell a story. Jack made me smile each and every time I encountered him. My condolences to you, Sue, and the great kids you and Jack raised together.
Brad carleton
Feb 17, 2020
Jack was one my best friends in high school. He was a tough center on the football team. I was always jealous of his trips to Alaska in the summers between our sophomore and junior years. You are in better place my old friend.
Susan Hewins
Feb 17, 2020
Too many memories to share just one. Sending much love and some tears. Susan and Pete Hewins.
Garth Winckler
Feb 17, 2020
Jack was one of the best volunteers I have ever worked with. Both for CDC and United Way. I use him as an example of effective and caring leadership. So sorry for your loss but we were blessed by his presence.
Clint Jackson
Feb 17, 2020
Very sorry to read this. Jack was a great friend to our family and especially respected by my Dad during their days at the bank. Our thoughts are with you at this time.
Judy Welton Conti
Feb 17, 2020
Dear Sue and Family, Our prayers and sincere wishes for your comfort at this time and your peace in the coming time. We hold fondest memories of a long time friendship. Jack's smile proceeded him and his kindness remained !
Joanne “JoBob” Dixon
Feb 17, 2020
What a great man. Always enjoyed seeing him at the Elks playing cards with the guys. Sorry for your loss, Sue.
Don and Jayne koski
Feb 17, 2020
Sorry for your loss Sue and Family. Jack was a great man.He will be missed.