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Douglas Frank Zangerle


Douglas Frank Zangerle, 80, of Solon, passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by his loving family. He was taken from us by complications of Sezary syndrome.
Memorial Mass will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 31, 2018, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Solon. Inurnment will be in St. Mary Cemetery, where full military rites will be conducted by the Solon American Legion. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 30, at St. Mary Catholic Church. Visitation also will be one hour prior to services Monday at the church. Brosh Chapel and The Avacentre in Solon are in charge of Doug's arrangements.
Doug was born March 17, 1938, to Frank and Ellen (Mulvihill) Zangerle in a box car on a farm in the Hopkinton and Delhi area. He was a graduate of Sacred Heart High School in Monticello. After that he enlisted in the U.S. Army, where he served as a paratrooper in the 101st Airborne. He was united in marriage to Colleen Burke in 1966, and he continued to dance with her up until three weeks before the end of his life. Aside from dancing, he loved horseback riding and calf roping, and many other sports. He treasured time spent with his six grandchildren. He was a loving and teaching grandpa, even starting Camp Zangerle in the summers for them all.
He lived a happy life until the end, traveling to Rome in October. He owned a Masonry business for 30 years, and taught many young men the art of bricklaying.
Doug is survived by his wife, Colleen; children, Eric (Jane) Zangerle and Amy Zangerle; six grandchildren, Jordon, 28; Devon, 26; Jacey, 21; Jack, 20; Ted, 18; and Braedon, 17; his five siblings, Sandy (Tom) Dupler, Virginia Forest, Joyce Keeley, Herschel (Shelley) Zangerle and Greydon (Kris) Zangerle; as well as his nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his infant daughter, Lavina; his parents; his brother, Kenneth (Maxine) Zangerle; his sister, Judith Gugliemetti; and brother-in-law, Lynn Forest.
Memorials may be directed to either the Ronald McDonald House in Rochester, 850 Second St. SW, Rochester, MN, Iowa City Hospice or to the new Solon Fire House campaign.
Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.broshchapel.com.
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