Ernest L. "Ernie"

Ernest L. "Ernie",
Ernest L. “Ernie” Zyburt MARQUETTE – Ernest L. “Ernie” Zyburt, 88, of 1953 Orchard Street, Marquette, entered eternal life Monday morning, May 18, 2009, at his home in the loving and comforting care of his family and the caregivers of Lake Superior Hospice. Born November 16, 1920 in Chicago, Illinois, a son of Michael J. and Martha (Lewandowski) Zyburt, Ernie was raised in Chicago and graduated from high school there. He enlisted in the US Marine Corps during World War II, serving in the South Pacific Theatre of Operations. Following his honorable discharge in 1945, Ernie entered Northwestern University where he received his bachelor’s degree. On May 27, 1950, he married the former Joan Walley and the couple later settled in Westland. For over 52 years, Ernie was employed in the insurance industry. Ernie was a member of St. Christopher Catholic Church and the Western Wayne County Conservation Association. A loving husband, father, grandfather, and brother, Ernie is survived by his wife of 58 years, Joan; his children, Peter (Melissa) Zyburt of Negaunee, Michele Theut of Tomahawk, WI, Jeff Zyburt of New Hudson, Greg Zyburt and Patrice “Pixie” Zyburt both of Marquette, Ben (Lori) Zyburt of Harvey, Gretchen (Graham) Crockford of Pinckney, and Heidi Wolck of Lake Linden; fifteen grandchildren; a sister, Virginia Nelson of Loveland, CO; two daughters in law, Myra Zyburt of Marquette and Nancy Zyburt of Chelsea, MI; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Ernie was preceded in death by a son, Michael; and three sisters. Honoring Ernie’s wishes, private family services will be held. Burial will be made in the Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the American Parkinson’s Association or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. The Fassbender Funeral Home is serving the family.


To the Zyburt family, My condolances go out to the family.Ernie was my neighbor, but I did'nt really get to know him real well.I know he enjoyed the salmon Igave him.I'm going to miss his wave when he came by my house.Rest in Peace my friend. -

From Dave Brassard

Dodo: Words are inadequate to express our sympathy for your loss. Ernie was a very special person and was looked up by many of our family. Few people have ever impacted others as he did. A great man who all will miss. Billy and Shelley -

From William & Shelley Walley

Mrs. Zyburt and Pixie: I was saddened to read of your loss. I've been in my own world for the past few months, I'm sorry that I haven't asked about Ernie! You will remain in my prayers. -

From Christie Parsley

My condolences to Gretchen (Zyburt) Crockford and the family. I know Graham from work that I do (Tecumseh Products Company) with RMT. Your family is my prayers. Jason Smith Corporate Environmental Director Tecumseh Products Company -

From Jason Smith

My condolences to Ben, Lori and the rest of the Zyburt family. You will be in my prayers. -

From Liz Rumney

Dear Mrs. Zyburt and children, I was sorry to hear of Ernies passing. You and your famalies are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Though I never met him, Ben has shared many a funny story with me and he sounded like a very nice man..God Bless. -

From Jerry Garceau

My sincere condolences to the Zyburt family in this time of loss. Bruce Pesola -

From Bruce Pesola

Peter.I am not sure if you remember me...from the F.W.Woolworth days, we worked together back then. I am so very sorry to hear about the loss of your Dad. You and your family are in my prayers. ~~Laurinda~~ -

From Laurinda Bishop

Ben & Lori I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers go out to you at this deepest time in your lives. May the Good Lord watch over you all. -

From Sheila (Smith) Shaw