Nick Joseph Zanke

May 27, 1947 - June 26, 2023

05/27/1947 - 06/26/2023

Past Services

Wednesday June 28, 2023
11:00 am
St.John Catholic Church
Bellaire, OH 43906

Nick Joseph Zanke, 76, died Monday, June 26, 2023, at his home in Bellaire, Ohio.

He was born May 27, 1947, in Wheeling, WV, a son of the late Catherine (Rhodebarger) and Albert Zanke.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two daughters, Tessa Zanke and Keve Zanke.

Surviving are his loving wife of 43 years, Dorene Ferrari Zanke; and daughters, Krenna (Dave) Allender, Bria (Steve) Curry, Missy (Darin) McCoy, Cari (David) Ice, and Amy Busic. He was the proud grandfather of nine grandchildren, EmmaGrace Koch, Ella & Taya Allender, Payton, Preston & Brynlee Curry, Jackson & Maggie McCoy and Madison Ice. Nick is also survived by his brother, Albert (Lynne) Zanke; sister, Patricia (Jay) Carey; and many nieces and nephews, along with his special furry friend, “Bailey”.

Nick was a 1965 graduate of St. John’s Central High School and a member of St. John Catholic Church in Bellaire, OH. He was a retired member of Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 83 in Wheeling, WV, and an avid fan of the WVU Mountaineers, the Pittsburgh Pirates and Steelers.

A Remembrance Mass will be held on June 28th at the St. John Catholic Church in Bellaire, OH at 11:00 AM with Fr. Dan Heusel officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Tessa Zanke Memorial Scholarship Fund through the Bellaire High School Endowment Board, P.O. Box 75, Bellaire, OH 43906.

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Michele R Britton Forro
5 months ago

Amy and Family. So very sorry for your loss. Much love and prayers

Mark Striebich
5 months ago

To the family of Nick Zanke. Nick and his family lived several streets up from me growing up in Bellaire. His sister, Patty, and I were in the same class at SJC. Nick Zanke was a Mans Man. He was a “tough guy” but he was a great guy. One heck of a football player at St. John’s and respected by all. I left the valley decades ago but you do not forget a Nick Zanke. My guess is he was one awesome family man and a great guy to work with. I hope his family keeps fond memories of their “one of a kind” Patriarch–NICK ZANKE. Again, Heaven just became an even better house of the Lord. With respect, Mark Striebich

Lanny and Debbie Sitar
5 months ago

Dear family,
We are sorry to hear of your loss. Not so long since your losing Tessa and still in healing, may God give you his strength and comfort to carry both losses. We will keep you prayer.

Sandra K Marling
5 months ago

Lynn and I send our condolences to the entire Zanke family

Cathy. Miller
5 months ago

I met Nick back in the day when he lived in an apartment on Lind Street in Wheeling with his friends Jim & Jerry. All good guys, Nick was a sweet guy with a great smile. I was sad to read he had passed. My heart goes out to your family at this difficult time. Cathy Miller

Brian Bonenberger
5 months ago

Albert, Dorene, I’m so sorry for your loss. I wasn’t able to make the mass today, but I was there in spirit🙏

M. Eleven Fulton Rice
5 months ago

Nick was a good man and an old childhood friend. Sorry I missed the services but I just found out about his passing a few minutes ago! He’ll be missed!!!

Jack Bowman
5 months ago

Condolences to Nick’s family. Nick & I went to school together at St. Anthony’s and St. John’s. At St. Anthony’s Nick lived on Kirkwood Height, so in order to get to football practice on time, he would come to my house in Bridgeport and change into our football gear and walk to Perkins Field for practice. I remember being late for practice once and we had to run laps because we had to watch the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Yankees in game 7 of the 1960 World Series. A good friend for many years.

Jim Coyne
5 months ago

No words can console such a lose. Prayers for Nick and Dorene
and family. Such a nice guy.

Mary Lynne Vavra Marx
5 months ago

As his classmate, I remember Nick as a friendly, kind person with a great smile. That’s how I will remember him. May you and your family find comfort and peace in the many memories you shared.