Tano Zambarelli

TANO JOHN ZAMBARELLI left for heaven, with a smile on his face, on January 11, 2021. Born August 10, 1927 in Sopris, CO. He was preceded in death by his son, Jim, and his wife of 66 years, Margie Lou (Wilson), who came peacefully in the night to take him on their journey to Eternity. He leaves behind his daughter, Tana and her husband, Michael Cecere; grandchildren, Jim and his wife, Caryn, Michael Cecere and great-grandchildren Brody and Frankie, as well as numerous relatives and friends. Tano, Tony, Red, Poppi, Grandpa, Dad, no matter what name, he was an extraordinary man. Tano left home at 15 to join the Army but being too young, he joined the Merchant Marines. At the end of WWII, he was let go and immediately joined the Army where he was one of the first soldiers sent to Japan to assess the damage at Hiroshima. After the Army he went back to CO and worked in the coal mines and started to raise his family, daughter, Tana and son, Jim with the only woman he ever loved and his soul mate, Margie Lou. Eventually moving to CA in the fifties, he settled in Torrance and worked for Honeywell for the remainder of his career. Finally he retired and spent his last years in Valle Vista, CA, nestled in the foothills of the beautiful San Jacinto mountains. He has left behind family, friends, co-workers and people who were just fortunate enough to share whatever time with him and absorb his positivity, his compassion, his generosity, his vast wealth of knowledge and wisdom, his story telling and his love for life. He will be greatly missed. “The Eagle has landed!” ” Until we see you again!”

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