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Jan. 9, 1927 – March 24, 2014

Eugene B. Zyga, of Depew, a World War II veteran of the Pacific Theater who went on to a long career in the insurance industry, died Monday in Harris Hill Nursing Facility, Lancaster, where he had been a resident for the last two years. He was 87.

Mr. Zyga was a Buffalo native who, after his service with the Seabees in the Philippines, graduated from Canisius College in 1953.

He went on to serve as a special agent for the Hartford Insurance Co. in the Southern Tier region and, at the same time, returned to Canisius College as a faculty member teaching the state licensing class for the insurance industry.

After 30 year of service, Mr. Zyga went on to become a consultant for Northeast Agencies for 25 more years.

He was involved in several community activities, including as PTA president and fundraiser for the church and St. Mary’s High School.

Mr. Zyga also served as a sponsor for the Foundation of International Cooperation with South American exchange students from 1968 to 1975.

He was an avid golfer, reader and collector of stamps, and enjoyed traveling, photography, music and gardening.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, the former Carmella Armeli, with whom he raised six children, including three surviving daughters, Maureen Hawkinson, Mary Jo Thompson and Beth Ann Monzel; a son, Mark; and five grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta Parish, St. James Church, 496 Terrace Blvd., Depew, after prayers at 9 in Pacer Funeral Home, 2275 George Urban Blvd., Depew.