(03/29/2005)
Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 3 p.m. at Stump Funeral Home in Grantsville for well-known industrialist and civic leader Peter J. Zannoni.

The 83-year-old Grantsville resident died March 27 at Charleston Area Medical Center.

Zannoni was a co-founder of Rubber Fabricators, Inc., RPR Industries and other small industries throughout his career. His business ventures brought employment to many Calhoun residents.

He was active in many community and civic affairs, including the Calhoun County Board of Education and the Calhoun General Hospital Board of Directors.

He was a former Deputy Commissioner with the West Virginia Department of Highways.

Born at Bellaire, Ohio, he was a son of the late John and Velia Zannoni. He earned a Bachelor's of Mechanical and Engineering Degree and a Master's Degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Delaware.

He was a registered professional engineer in West Virginia, Delaware and Maryland.

Zannoni was a veteran of World War II, where he served in the Army Corps of Engineers as a First Lieutenant. He was awarded the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, American Campaign Medal and World War II Victory Medal.

He was a member of Kappa Alpha Fraternity, West Virginia State Chamber of Commerce and was a Mason and a Shriner. He received the 1987 Distinguished West Virginia award, the 1987 Small Business Person of the Year and was a Kentucky Colonel.

Surviving are his wife, Elizabeth Mitchell Zannoni and a son, John M. Zannoni of Knoxville, TN; two daughters, Lisa W. Zannoni of Raleigh, NC and Pier J.Z. Bocchini of Parkersburg, WV; a grandson, Peter J. Bocchini of Parkersburg; a sister, Atea Chiappori; and his loyal companion "Yoda."

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a brother, Leo Paccamonti.

Revs. Mary Zimmer and Carroll McCauley will officiate the service, with interment to be held at the convenience of the family.

Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers donations are requested to the Grantsville VFD, PO BOX 440, Grantsville WV 26147.


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