NOTE: Research for Abdallah K. Zakby has turned up little
but this obituary for his second wife, Rosalie has pertinent information
Rosalie Zakby. August 25, 1912 ~ February 13, 2006.
MONTEREY - Family and friends from around the world lost a very special person when Rosalie passed away at age 93. She lived life with great passion, always taking on life's adventures with family and friends, traveling the world after her marriage to Lt. Colonel Zakby. Rosalie and Zak lived in Beirut for 25 years, and Iran for 3 years. She dined with the kings and queens of host countries and was known for her wonderful Sicilian cooking and dinner parties for Zak's military buddies.
Rosalie's passion in later years was playing bridge at the Pebble Beach Country Club and was known to overcome all physical maladies to attend a game. She was born in Monterey on August 25, 1912 to Bessie and Michael Colletto. Her vivid memories of early life on the Peninsula was of the Sicilian fishing families and of John Steinbeck hanging around her father's generous table for the wine, food and fodder for his later novels.
Rosalie was one of 11 siblings, living a block up from the Monterey wharf. Rosalie's first marriage was to Dick DePolo, a local fisherman. In 1955, she married Abdullah Zakby. When Zak first saw Rosalie he told a friend, "She had a cameo face and race horse legs." It was love at first sight. He was a Lt. Col. paratrooper and they retired in 1976 to the Peninsula, Rosalie's home.
She is survived by a brother, Joe Colletto, sisters Violet Colleto and Mamie Blaisdell. She is also survived by stepdaughters, Frances Kurker, Cynthia Pescod and Patti Simmons; 15 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Abdullah Zakby, her parents (Bessie and Michael Colletto), brothers Salvador, Frank, Vincent, Ratzi (Tiny), Ceasar and sisters Mary Canepa and Angela Balesteri.
Mission Mortuary will have a viewing on Monday, February 20, 2006 from 4-8 p.m. A service will be held at St. John's Episcopal Church, Del Monte, 1490 Mark Thomas Dr. in Monterey on Tuesday, February 21, 2006 at 10:00 a.m. Following burial at Monterey City Cemetery there will be a reception at the Elks Lodge on Porta Vista Drive in Monterey. Arrangements are by Mission Mortuary. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Westland Hospice, 100 Barnet Segal Lane, Monterey, CA 93940 or to the donor's favorite charity.
[Published in The Monterey Herald on Feb. 17, 2006]
On 28 May 1959, Abdallah and Rosalie sailed on the USS
United States from Southampton, Eng to New York, NY
NOTE: Although their entry is lined out, the remark of
"STET" to the left means to disregard a change previously marked.
Therefore they did make the voyage as shown.
University R.O.T.C. To Send 33 Cadets To Plattsburg Camp
The Syracuse University regiment of ROTC will send 33 cadet students to
Plattsburg barracks on June 17 when the camp opens The students are as
follows- John Andrews. Edward M Edward J Backman Hay Burtet. A Carroll
Max A Collins. Harold B Charles H. French Jr_ Charles N Graham. Herman A
Hauct Clarence E Jack Erwtn F Llegcl Stanley A. T.ITOT_ Fletcher A.
Kewoerry Paul M. Nucent William T. Powell. Kenneth Rusney. Philip S
Rudolph Vincent H Schct- tlnl. Alfred H Schneider. George P. Sbahln.
Prentice Sbenton F Parker Shepherd Francis J B Spiekcr. Charles H.
Frederick L ley. Fred Thaver. Klrby Vosburch. Collla P. Hoy Tale Zdwartl
D Yehle. Abdallah Zakby and MFred- crtek K. Reid
[Syracuse Herald Newspaper Archive: May 27, 1932 -
Syracuse Group Takes Over
Reserve Officers to
Complete C. M. T. C. Training
FORT NIAGARA, N. Y. July 26 —Twenty-five reserve
officers of the 41st Infantry, with headquarters at Syracuse, yesterday
formally undertook the task of completing the training of 800 Citizens
Military Training Camp students here. The incoming officers, assigned
for a two weeks tour of active duty, will relieve the officers of the
36th Infantry, commanded b y Maj. Curtis A. Noble, of White Plains.
The new officers, who assumed command at a retreat
parade ceremony yesterday afternoon, are mainly graduates of Syracuse
university and come from cities and towns of central New York state.
Their jobs will be to lay the basis of military training for the first
year or basic course trainees, to round out the training of the second
and third year men and complete the training of the last year or "Blue
Officers of the new command are: Captains Frederick N.
Morey, of Glens Falls; Charles N. Nellls, of Little Falls; David R. C.
Smith, of Canastota, and Harold L. Townsend, of Syracuse.
First Lieutenants Paul J. Abbott, of Syracuse; Charles
8. Allen, of Syracuse; George W. Chesbro, of Phoenix; Daniel O. Doyle,
of Auburn; Arthur J. Gebm, of Greenwood; Robert A. Gregg, of
Schenectady; Gustav W. Schedlng, of Syracuse; Donald W. Sherwood, of
Syracuse; William Tecler. of Syracuse; John B. Walker, of Oswego;
Washburn Weston, Jr., of Syracuse; Abdallah K. Zakby, of Little Falls.
Second Lieutenant s James R. Adams, Robert M. Dick,
Stanley A. Evans, John E. McAvoy, Robert H. Peirine and Philip P. Rocks,
al l of Syracuse; Charles M. Schedlbauer, of Amsterdam, and Barry L.
Sheffield, of Frankfort.
Major Walter O. Rathbone, U. S. A., camp instructor,
will act as battalion commander.
[published in the Niagara Falls Gazette, July 26,