A loving family man who had a quick wit and an outgoing personality
LYNNFIELD — Alan Vincent Zdanwich, age 77, of Lynnfield, passed away unexpectedly, yet peacefully, comforted by his loving wife and family, at 7:08 p.m., on Wednesday, April 20, 2022, in Port Saint Lucie, Florida. Alan is survived by Jean M. (Gauthier) Zdanwich, his devoted spouse of 55 years, and their two children and spouses, Lisa Lauze and her husband, Gary and Alan Zdanwich, Jr. and his wife, Kristen. He is also survived by his sister, Karen Fletcher and her husband James. Alan “Papa” will be greatly missed by his five grandchildren and their spouses and significant others; Andrew Pomerantz and his wife, Alicia; Rebecca Pomerantz and her fiancé, Joshua Shaw; Adam Pomerantz and his significant other, Sarah Ciruolo; Allyson Zdanwich; and Ryan Zdanwich. Alan is also survived by his four great-grandchildren, Camden, 6; Brayden, 9 months; Mason, 4; and Anthony, 6, along with many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, friends held closely and dearly, and the tightly-knit summer home community. Alan has joined his beloved late parents, Vincent F. and Helen K. (Konkel) Zdanwich.
Alan was born and raised in Lynnfield and at 22 years old, married Jean; the two have been together every day since. Alan loved to cook, which evolved into his first career as a Food Service Director at Seilers, now renamed as the large corporation, Sodexo. Known as the “Muffin Man” to all of Salem Hospital, Alan’s pre-retirement job was to push the snack cart to patients and staff, and greet patients at the entrance, making everyone’s day a bit brighter with his genuine smile and many jokes. He especially enjoyed hosting gatherings and cooking for all of his family and friends. Some of many family-favorite dishes include: Alan’s famous ham, creamed onions, Boston baked beans, stuffed cabbage, meatloaf, freshly jarred pickles from his garden cucumbers, and homemade Strawberry Rhubarb and Grasshopper pies, just to name a few. When away from the kitchen, Alan was likely sunbathing at their summer home in Wakefield, N.H., or soaking up the warm Florida sun with Jean. Alan had a green thumb; this was very apparent when relaxing in the sunroom of their Lynnfield home, filled with an array of plants he cared for over many years, including his beloved 60 year-old kumquat tree, still growing strong— symbolic of his family. Alan’s family and friends were always well-informed of the local news, traffic patterns, and weather conditions — information he always gathered through watching TV, or listening to on WBZ 1030 AM on his satellite radio, while tanning outside their lake house.
Alan loved his wife, family, and friends deeply; he displayed this through his many words and actions. Everyone who knew Alan, loved his quick wit, sarcasm, and outgoing personality — countless memories his loved ones will always cherish and laugh about. Alan will be very dearly missed by everyone.
Family and friends, please join us for Alan’s celebration of life.
Alan’s Funeral will be held on Friday, May 6, 2022 at 8:30 a.m. from the Solimine Funeral Home, 426 Broadway (Rt. 129), Lynn, followed by a funeral Mass in St. Maria Goretti Church, Lynnfield at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Forest Hills Cemetery, Lynnfield. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. A luncheon will be held at Spinelli’s on Rt. 1, Lynnfield, immediately following the burial. Visiting hours will be held on Thursday from 4-8 p.m. Donations in Alan’s memory may be made to Camp Sunshine at www.campsunshine.org/giving or to the Lakes Region Humane Society at https://lrhs.net Directions and guestbook at www.solimine.com.