Estes Park resident and businessman, Sonny Zander died at his home Monday, December 20, 2010. He was 52 years old.
Albert Robert Zander, Jr. was born February 26, 1958 in Chicago, IL. His parents were Albert Robert Zander, Sr. and Catherine O’Connel. Sonny graduated from Proviso West High School and on April 26, 1980, he married Julene Holznagel at St. Hubert’s Catholic Church in Hoffmann Estates, IL. The couple moved to Estes Park, CO in April of 1985 where Sonny began working at Abbey Carpets and Tile. In 1994 he and Julene purchased the business and have owned and operated it since.
Sonny was a member of Our Lady of the Mountains Church in Estes Park. He was a 4th Degree member and Financial Secretary of Knights Of Columbus Council # 12063. He enjoyed camping and fishing and devoted much of his free time helping the Knights of Columbus.
Sonny is survived by his wife Julene of Estes Park; a daughter Nicole Zander who completed her degree at the University of Northern at Greeley on December 11th. He is also survived by a sister Barbara Bierbauer and her husband John of Aurora, IL; brother Tom Zander and his wife Toni of Kashena, WI and Florida; brother Larry Zander and his wife Chris of Kashena, WI; sister Kathy Palontonio and her husband Butch of Schaumburg, IL. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother Robert.
Mass of the Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday December 24, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. at Our lady of the Mountains Church. An evening Vigil will be held at the Church Thursday at 7:00 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Knights of Columbus Council 12063 in care of allnutt funeral service 1302 Graves Ave. Estes Park, CO 80517. See www.allnutt.com to send a message to Sonny’s family.