RIDGELEY, W.Va. — Michael Lee Zollner, 74, of Ridgeley, died Thursday, April 25, 2013 at the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center.
Born May 18, 1938 in Cumberland, he was the son of the late Madalean Zollner Cuppett.
He was also preceded in death by Wanda’s cousin and dear friend, Tommy Chaney.
Mike was a graduate of Ridgeley High School.
He was a welder through Ironworkers Local 568. He was proud to have worked on the Alaskan Pipeline. Mike had previously worked for the Boilermakers Union 687 out of North Carolina.
He attended Calvary Assembly of God. Mr. Zollner was a member of Davis Lodge 51, A.F. & A.M.
He had a passion for rocks and flower gardens. Mike loved music, especially Rod Stewart. And, he was an avid Mountaineer’s fan!
Survivors include his loving wife of 55 years, Wanda May “Rosie” Zollner; four children, Michael L. Zollner Jr., Bristow, Va., Kevin L. Zollner and wife Debra, Cumberland, Phyllis Connell and husband Tom, Richfield, Ohio and Donnie Zollner, Mt. Jackson, Va.; two brothers, Gary Cuppett and wife Darlene, Sarasota, Fla. and Alan Cuppett, Ridgeley; and Tommy’s wife, Donna Chaney; He was loved by his grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and his faithful companion, Gunner.
Friends will be received at the Upchurch Funeral Home, P.A., 202 Greene St., Cumberland, on Sunday from 4 to 8 p.m.
The funeral service will be conducted in the funeral home on Monday at 1 p.m. with Pastor Larry Green officiating.
Interment will be in Hillcrest Memorial Park.
Serving as pallbearers will be his sons, Michael Jr., Kevin, and Donnie, along with his grandsons, Christopher, Travis, and Zachary.
Condolences to the family may be posted after Mr. Zollner’s obituary at www.upchurch.com.
The following poem was written by Mike to Wanda on Valentine’s Day 2007:
Happy Valentine’s Day-
Things, times, and people change,
Our love and faith remain the same.
Once shaving lotion splashed on thick,
Now merely getting shaved does the trick.
I’ve slipped, that’s easy to see
Look closely, I’m still me.
Loving you more each day
Is the only way.
Tools were my friends.
I respect them more now than I did then.
Today is about you and all you do
Why I can’t get dressed right
And who tucks me in every night
Our children and grandchildren love you so much!
They call to stay in touch.
Your standards are high,
Think of who’s waiting for you in Heaven’s sky.
Always looking nice on the outside,
Same way on the inside.
Bumpy or smooth, together we travel on-
I love you Rosie, Always have, Always will.
All my love,