Zenie, John

John R. Zenie, 50, of Guilford, died peacefully on Monday, March 18th surrounded by his loving family. John was born on January 24th, 1963 in New Jersey, son of John Ely and Ruth Zenie of Branford. He was the devoted husband to Kathleen Labanara Zenie and proud father of Katelyn Capri Zenie and Matthew John Zenie. John graduated from Northern Valley Regional High School in Old Tappan, NJ, Class of 1981, where he lettered in football and track. John received his undergraduate degree from Northeastern University and completed his prosthetic and orthotic education at Northwestern University. John continued his education receiving his Masters in Healthcare Management / Finance from Quinnipiac University. John specialized in upper extremity prosthetic rehabilitation and was a member of the ABC. He was the author of numerous articles, as well as, an annual lecturer at Dartmouth Medical Center in New Hampshire. John dedicated his life to helping others. His proudest accomplishments were providing upper extremity prosthetic services to U.S. soldiers injured in Iraq and Afghanistan at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Besides helping Veterans, he provided services to both children and adults though his private practice, Comprehensive Prosthetics Services in Branford. John had a variety of interests and hobbies; including riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle, scuba diving, deep-sea fishing, boating, hunting, building and was a merchant marine officer. He had his Captain’s license and enjoyed navigating his boat through the Connecticut and Long Island waters. Besides his wife, children and parents, John is survived by his stepson Steven and his fiancée Jennifer Miller; his sister, Sharon Bracken, and her husband John Bracken and their daughters Sarah and Katie all of Ridgefield. The family wishes to thank the staff at Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven and Connecticut Hospice for their caring and compassionate care of John. Funeral services will be private at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or to The Connecticut Hospice, 100 Double Beach Road, Homeport Cove, Branford, CT 06405.

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St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or to The Connecticut Hospice, 100 Double Beach Road, Homeport Cove, Branford, CT 06405.

5 Responses to 'Zenie, John'


    Mr. & Mrs Zenie,
    I’m so sorry for your loss. I lived in Durham near john many years ago in the house with the pond on Blue Hills Road. John was one of the most beautiful people I’ve ever known. I will miss him deeply.My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

    Tricia Edwards

    • John and Ruth Zenie says:

      Tricia, Thanks so much for remembering John. Your codolences are greatly appreciated. John and Ruth Zenie

  2. John and Ruth Zenie says:

    Thankyou all for your wondeful thoughts and sincere condolences.

    John and Ruth Zenie

  3. Gary Haight says:

    To John’s family:
    I am so sorry to hear the very sad news. I hadn’t spoken to John since we left high school until he called me 2 years ago. I had lost my left arm in a severe work accident. John contacted me after hearing the news and came out of his way to see me in the rehabilitation center. He was so sorry for what had happened and wanted to know if I was able to talk about the loss of my arm. We talked about what was going to happen with prosthetics and what to expect. He was kind enough to answer all my questions along the way and to help me through the long process. His kindness and thoughtfulness will never be forgotten. May he rest in peace.

  4. Rick & Lucy Molway says:

    John & Ruth:

    Lucy and I want to send our regrets to you both in this time a immense sorrow. You are wonderful, caring neighbors and we want to be there for you both. Please know this as we share in your loss. May your son forever rest in peace.

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