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Arthur J. Zender "Art", age 83, late of Lockport, passed away Sunday December 28, 2008 with his family at his side. Born in Clairton, Pennsylvania, living in Lockport since 1960. Retired from US Steel in Pennsylvania and CECO Steel in Lemont after 40 years of service.

Member of the Lockport VFW Post #5788 and the Disabled American Veterans. He was a US Army WWII Veteran serving in the 82nd Airborne Division Company C 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment. Arthur also was the recipient of the Purple Heart.

Preceded in death by his parents, Felix and Anna (DiBiasio) Zender; and sister, Rita Perozich. Survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Jennie (Green); his children, Arthur, Karen Condon, Daniel (Daria) and Dennis (Laura); grandchildren, David, Pamela and Michael Condon, Rebecca and Elizabeth Zender, Jack and Georgia Zender; sister, Corinne Zender; and brother, Felix Zender. In lieu of flowers, memorials to St. Joseph Church, Lockport, American Heart Association or the American Kidney Foundation would be appreciated.

Funeral services will be held Friday, 9:30 am from the O'NEIL FUNERAL HOME, 1105 E. 9TH ST., LOCKPORT, to St. Joseph Church, Lockport for Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 am. Interment Resurrection Cemetery, Romeoville. Visitation Wednesday 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm. O'Neil Funeral Home, Lockport 815-838-5010.

(Courtesy of The Herald News published Tuesday, December 30, 2008.)

(courtesy of Kathi Flyte)

Grave marker for Robert J. Zender in the Resurrection Cemetery, Romeoville (Will county), Illinois.

Robert enlisted in the Army at Pittsburgh, PA on 5 June 1943. 

Pfc Zender was transferred from Hq 82d A/B Div Leicester, England to Company C, 508th PIR on 23 July 44.

He was wounded in action in Belgium on 29 January 1945 and was  evacuated to a field hospital.  He did not return to the regiment.

Robert's military decorations include the Purple Heart and the Bronze Service Arrowhead device for Holland campaign and Airborne operations

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