Re: Obit: Zank, Daniel R. (1969 - 2006)

Contact:  Shari Hahn


(A more complete obituary, as submitted to the Tribune-Record-Gleaner (Loyal, Wis.), November, 1, 2006)

Surnames: Zank, Handke, Podrovitz, Shaw, Sternitzky

Daniel R. "DannyZ" Zank, 37, whose roots are from the Granton and Neillsville area, was tragically taken from his family and friends abruptly on the morning of Oct. 24, 2006, at his residence in Coon Rapids, MN, Anoka County.

Memorial services will be held both in Minnesota and Wisconsin. In Minnesota, the service will be held at the Salvation Army Harvest Corps Church, 10324 Ibis St. NW, Coon Rapids, on Nov. 4, at 2 p.m. The memorial service in Wisconsin will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Nov 11, at the Seventh Day Adventist Church, 5th and Clay streets, Neillsville, Wis. Visitation will be from 12:30-1:30 p.m. with the Rev. Armando Camacho and Paul Oliver officiating. Honorary pallbeareres will be John (Johnny Rock) Bray, David Hainz, Roger Jelnick, Gary Gutenburger, Bill Short, Steven Sischo, Dario Seixas and Nik Edmonds.

Daniel R. Zank was born Sept. 7, 1969, at Ramsey Hospital, St. Paul, MN, Ramsey County, to Laura Lee L. "Dusty" (nee Handke) Zank and Robert D. Zank. He graduated from Neillsville High School, where he already had started singing his way into people's hearts. He was in the Army National Guard and on completing his service to his country moved to Minneapolis, where he owned and worked at cell phone stores and he sang in various bands, the last being "Jet City". He wrote and performed his own music along with all other music. He loved and was loved and respected by all his family and friends. He adored kids and animals, especially cats, and the Green Bay Packers. He was a very passionate, caring, sensitive, tender-hearted man who had a deep faith in God and family and his pssion for music. He had the most beautiful singing voice that once you heard him sing you fell in love with him. We have truly lost one God's gifts to all his family and friends.

Survivors include his mother, Laura Lee L. (Handke) Zank, Granton; his father, Robert D. Zank, Amery; his sister, Michelle L. Zank-Podrovitz, and her husband Duane Podrovitz, both of Neillsville; his nephew Zachary A. Zank, Neillsville; his grandfather, Walter Zank, Neillsville; his aunt, Cheryl Lee Handke, Granton; his aunt Barbara Shaw, Neillsville; and many uncles, aunts and cousins in Wisconsin and Colorado.

Preceding him in death were his grandfather, Elmer Fred Charles Handke; his grandmother, Louise Handke-Sternitzky; and his grandmother, Freida Alma Zank.

He will be greatly miss. Condolences may be sent to his mother.

Gesche Funeral Home, Neillsville, is assisting with arrangements.



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