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William C. Van Zanten | 75

November 2, 1948 - April 16, 2024

In loving memory of William “Willie” Van Zanten, who passed away on April 14, 2024, at the age of 74.

William, known as “Willie”, was born on November 2, 1948, in Sharon, Pennsylvania, to his beloved parents Paul Van Zanten and Dorothy Horstman Van Zanten. He is survived by brothers: Robert, Jack, and Warren Van Zanten; a sister, Jeanette Van Zanten-Stump; a sister-in-law, and friend, Dottie Spohn-Van Zanten.

After losing his father at the age of thirteen, his formative years were spent in Mooseheart, Illinois, where he attended Mooseheart High School, graduating in 1966.  At Mooseheart, Willie worked at a dairy farm where Dell Klussendorf, mentored him and he discovered a passion for the trade.  After graduation, he worked at a dairy farm in Brookville, Pennsylvania. Later, he found his place as a laborer in St. Marys, Pennsylvania, where he established his home and community ties.

Willie had a passion for bluegrass music, spending countless hours enjoying its melodies. He found solace and joy in nature, often retreating to his camp and embarking on memorable travels.

In addition to his parents, Willie was preceded in death by his sister, Virginia Thomas and brother, Paul Van Zanten. 

At Willie’s request, there will be no service.

Rest in peace, Willie.   



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  1. Great friend. You will be forever missed. Rest in peace Willie.

  2. Willie was my trainer in the tumbling department at MPP Ford Rd. He was very good to me as I learned the job.
    RIP Willie

  3. Willie, We will miss you at the ESC. We will miss your conversations but most of all we will miss your hearty laugh. Your friends, Guy and Marlene

  4. Always with a great big smile!!! Rest in the Lord’s arms Willie!

  5. Our prayers and condolences to Jeanette, Jack, Robert and Warren. Willie was a definite “outdoors” person. As a camp owner in Rasselas and a determined dog lover, we had many things in common. With a home here in Emporium, Willie would periodically stop to and/or from camp to share stories. This gentle man who cared more about his pets than himself will definitely be missed.

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