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Obituary: Frank M. Zuccarelli

October 29, 1951 – January 3, 2022

information provided by Smits Funeral Home

Frank M. ZuccarelliFrank M. Zuccarelli, 70, South Holland resident, passed away at his home on January 3, 2022. He is survived by; siblings: sister Candace Paun (late John) of South Holland, IL, and brother Kenneth V. Zuccarelli of DeForest, WI, and his longtime girlfriend Carmen Canales of Dyer, IN. Also uncle: Robert Boskovich of Chicago, IL, aunts: Dawn Brown (Bill) of Phoenix, AZ, Sharon Myszak (late Michael) of Munster, IN, and Denyse Taylor (Jim) of Mundelein, IL. Beloved uncle to John Paun of Lockport, IL, Joe (Sarah) Paun of Cedar Lake, IN, Marjorie Alexander (Greg) of Cedar Lake, IN, and Lorrin Paun of Phoenix, AZ. Beloved great uncle to: Nadia, Junior, Jocelynn, Beau, and Dane Paun; Lilly and Zac Alexander; and Johnny Paun. In addition, Frank is survived by many dear cousins, friends, and “son” Nate Fields. Preceding him in death are parents Marjorie and James J. Zuccarelli and brother James T. Zuccarelli.

A graduate of Thornridge High School in South Holland, Zuccarelli went on to enlist in the United States Air Force in 1969 where he proudly served as a medic in Vietnam through 1972. After his time in the service, he attended Thornton Community College, now South Suburban College, to which he was elected to the Board of Trustees in 1978 and has been board Chairman since 1987.

In 2019 he received the ICCTA service award recognizing his 40 years of service as a trustee and maintained his devoted position on the board until his death. In addition to his role at South Suburban College, Zuccarelli has served as Thornton Township Supervisor since 1993 and Thornton Township Democratic Committeeman since 2002. The esteemed award of Township Supervisor of the Year has been presented to Zuccarelli in 1996, 2007 and 2012.

Zuccarelli’s love for his community was deeply reflected in his work, where he created programs providing jobs, health services, and food assistance. These programs impacted many, from teens to senior citizens. His supporters, often referred to as “The Z Team,” were known to mob him for hugs, kisses, and handshakes.

His friends and family remember his unwavering loyalty and giving heart; a constant pillar of strength and support to those he loved. He will be so greatly missed.

Visitation will be held on Friday, January 14, 2022, from 3 – 8 p.m. at the South Suburban College Fieldhouse, 15800 S. State Street, South Holland, IL 60473. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, January 15, 2022, at 10 a.m. at the South Suburban College Fieldhouse. Following the funeral service, the family will leave for a private burial service. Memorial contributions may be given to Donate Life. Arrangements are entrusted to Smits Funeral Home – South Holland, IL. For further information, please call 708-333-7000 or visit our online guestbook and memorial at

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