Donald Zarobsky

NEW BUFFALO — Donald Zarobsky, 86, of New Buffalo, passed away at his home on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Sommerfeld Chapel – 15 N. Barton St., New Buffalo, Mich.

Donald was born on May 10, 1932, in Chicago, Ill., to the late Otto and Alma (Polacek) Zarobsky. He graduated as a Lieutenant in 1950 from Morgan Park Military Academy in Chicago. On August 1, 1953, in Berwyn, Ill., he married Marilynn Kriz.

Don owned and operated Fox Valley Paving for 35 years in Hinsdale, Ill. Together Don and Marilynn moved permanently to New Buffalo in 1983. They then bought and ran Bridgman True Value Hardware store from 1983-1995. Upon retirement, Don worked part-time at "I Love Toy Trains" in New Buffalo for several years.

Don loved living on the shore of Lake Michigan, the beach and boating. He was also a former member of the Board of Directors at Alliance Bank in New Buffalo as well as a Lakeshore Rotary member.

Don is survived by his wife of over 65 years – Marilynn; his two sons – Donald, Jr. of Lockport, Ill., and Daniel (Dorothy) of Bridgman, Mich.; grandchildren – Jeffrey, Joseph, Allison and Daniel; great-grandchildren – Colin, Laura, Kendall and Sloane. He is preceded in death by his sister – Dorothy Gilchrist.

A Celebration of Life service will be held on Monday, Feb. 4, 2 p.m., at Sommerfeld Chapel in New Buffalo. Burial will follow at Pine Grove Cemetery in New Buffalo. The family will receive visitors on Monday from 1 p.m. until time of service at 2 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association. Friends wishing to leave the family a message of condolence may do so at

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