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Genero Zizza

Genero Zizza

June 4, 1931 - August 12, 2020
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Obituary

Genero Zizza, 89, of Reading, passed away August 12, 2020, at ManorCare, Laureldale.

He was the husband of Barbara L. (Adams) Zizza.

Born in Reading, he was the son of the late Alexander and Antonia (Cirulli) Zizza.

He was a 1950 graduate of Reading High School where he played Varsity Baseball.

Genero was a U.S. Navy veteran.

He was a member of Holy Rosary Roman Catholic Church.

Genero was employed by UGI as a meter operator for 36 years.

He was a P.I.I.A Softball official and played professional baseball in Boston Red Sox Farm System.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three children: Christopher Zizza, Patrick, husband of Kimberly Zizza, all of Reading and Marielle Zizza, Kenhorst and one grandchild, Aja Zizza.

Services will be private. Edward J. Kuhn Funeral Home, Inc., West Reading is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be expressed at www.kuhnfuneralhomes.com.
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Todd Bartley

Posted at 12:18am
First my condolences to Barb, Pat, Kim, Chris and Marielle. He always spoke fondly of his family. Although he considered me an outsider from Exeter, Genero 'indoctrinated' me to the ways of a Red Knight while I worked as the RHS athletic trainer. When he wasn't reading gas meters or running errands for the athletic department, the training room was the eventual landing spot every school day. He would lighten the mood of the place, voice his opinions(like it or not), and help me out all while watching old reruns on TV.
As the years went by he really became a dear friend of mine. Many of my fellow athletic trainers, high school friends, softball teammates got to know Ziz through me. He always enjoyed getting visits at Laureldale from myself or my parents. His name would always generate a smile when mentioned to people who knew him. I'm glad for the time we had together. He will forever be missed.
Todd and Jen Bartley & Family
John and Peggy Bartley
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Dale Hummel

Posted at 12:25pm
Dear Zizza family, Zizza was a dear old friend of our father Gorden(Mick) Hummel who passed away last year, our dad would tell us endless crazy stories of their childhood adventures growing up in the city. We met Zizza at the Manor Care when our Dad (Mick) had to spend some time there. What a blessing it was to witness two old buddies reminess about all of their memories. Our father would always tell us of the generosity the Zizza family would give him especially Zizza' s moms home cooked Italian meals which Mick loved!
Zizza,will be greatly missed by all who knew him in this world, but is welcomed by Angels in Heaven above.
Our deepest sympathies Hummel family
TR

Tony Relvas

Posted at 09:46pm
So sorry to hear of Genero's passing. I remember all the fun we had at Reading High and during March Madness. Sincere condolences to the family.
Tony Relvas
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Cindy Ortyl

Posted at 08:02pm
I was so saddened to hear of Zizza's passing. I was his nurse for 4 years at Manorcare in Laureldale. After I left Manorcare, I still saw him once in a while at Williams Restaurant for breakfast. He was great guy. Yes, he had a temper but I could always get him to simmer down. I really enjoyed listening to his stories of baseball and how he grew up in Reading. He was very proud of his city and "the High". Barbara, my heart is with you. I lost my husband a year ago and I know how hard this time is for you. You are in my prayers. I hope Zizza is playing the game of his life on that ball field in Heaven. I will miss him.
MW

Martha Weida

Posted at 06:02pm
The women (Claire , decease; Margie; Sharen; Mary; Eva) who have volunteered with me at ManorCare always enjoyed talking with Genero on Wednesdays and/or Tuesdays. I am really sad that I have not talked with him since March 11. I was also one of the 4 current Extraordinary Ministers (Lisa, Dave, Rocky, myself) that gave him Communion on Sundays. Two memories that I have in conversing with Genero are the following. One time he read me some random prayers. The one I remember the most is "Mary, turn all my sorrows into joy." Many times he complained about some nurses who did not respond to him quickly . I responded by saying that they were very busy, etc. He replied that I always make excuses for them. Thinking about this made me realize that I do make excuses for people. It dawned on me that this thinking made me less angry with people.
Wishing you comfort; saying prayers for you; and may you have wonderful memories of Genero.

Martha Weida

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