Vincent “Vic” Julius Zandarski

Vincent “Vic” Julius Zandarski, 92, of Stevensville, MI, passed away peacefully Thursday morning, April 14, 2016 at Hanson Hospice Center in Stevensville.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:00 A.M. Monday, April 18, 2016 at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church, 555 E. Delaware in Benton Harbor with Fr. German Perez-Diaz officiating. Burial will follow at Lincoln Township Cemetery in Stevensville. Friends may visit from 2:00 P.M. until 5:00 P.M., Sunday, April 17, 2016, at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph. Memorials may be made to American Heart Association or Hanson Hospice Center. Those wishing to share a memory of Vic online may do so at

Vic was born in Detroit, MI on October 24, 1923 to John and Veronica (Hudak) Zandarski.  He was the 5th of eleven children born to them.  The family later moved to Berrien Springs where they grew up.  Vic dropped out of school in 8th grade to help on the family farm.

At age 18, her proudly enlisted in the US Marines.  He was Chief Cook, serving in the First Armor Amphibious Battalion.  He was stationed on the Marshall Islands, Okinawa, Quam, Saipan and Guadalcanal.  He received three Bronze Stars.   He loved talking about his time in the service.  Many times he said it was by the grace of God he came back home alive.

After his discharge and upon his return to Berrien Springs, he met his future wife, Elinor Boelcke, at a Mother’s Day dance at City Hall in Stevensville.  They married on Feb. 28, 1948 and celebrated 63 years of marriage before her passing on April 15, 2011.

Vic worked as a set-up man at Allied Signal for 28 years, retiring in 1985.

Vic’s passion was his farm, something he still enjoyed doing.  He had plowed all the fields on the farm before his passing.  Every spring he would look forward to getting the land ready to plant his dill pickles and other vegetables.

Vic’s family was very important to him.  He loved the family get-togethers, especially when all the kids, grandkids, and great-grandkids were there.  It was important to him that we all got along together.  If we had issues, he would intervene in his wise manner and get it resolved.  He was a simple man, very content with his life.  He loved having us kids stop by to visit.  He loved sitting on the patio, smoking his cigars and watching the birds and squirrels in the backyard.

Vincent is survived by his children, Bob (Margo Coman) Zandarski of Coloma, Ann Duffield of Stevensville, Ken (Michele) Zandarski of Benton Harbor, Joe Zandarski of Bridgman, and Joan (Dana) D’Agostino of Bridgman; nine grandchildren, Amy, Laura, Vickie, Ashley, Elizabeth, Veronica, Scott, Toni, and Andrew; six great- grandchildren; a brother and a sister. Vincent was preceded in death by his parents; son Vincent Jr.; son-in-law Roy Duffield; and two grandchildren, Robert, Jr. & Kenneth, Jr.

Copyright © 2021