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Gale Edward Zelnick
  • July 09, 1940
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  • August 13, 2016

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Gale Edward Zelnick, 76, of Mt. Dora, Florida, passed away August 13, 2016. He was born in Oak Park, IL, on July 9, 1940 to the late Edward Zelnick and Evelyn (Hadl) Zelnick. He was married for 45 years to Christine.

He earned his Master’s degree from Southern Illinois University. He moved from Illinois to north Florida in 1965 and moved to central Florida in 1968. For 30 years, he was a College and High School Educator, teaching the sciences. After retiring from the school system, he spent 20 years as an antique dealer, buying and selling antique oil lamps with his wife, Christine, while traveling through the Eastern Coast. He was a fossil collector, a duck decoy collector, a hunter, and a fisherman.

He was a loving husband, son, father, grandfather, brother, brother-in-law, uncle, and friend to all who knew him. He is survived by his loving wife, Christine (Miller) Zelnick of Mt. Dora, FL; sons Ron Zelnick, Altamonte Springs, FL and Alan Zelnick, Altamonte Springs, FL; grandsons Matthew Zelnick, Altamonte Springs, FL, and Zachary Zelnick, Apopka, FL; sister Noel Joy (Zelnick) Seebauer (and William), Geneva, IL; nephews Brian and Scott Seebauer; daughter-in-law Tammy (Zelnick) Hollenback, (mother of Matthew/Zachary); and former wife Karen Jean (LeRoy) Hamilton, (mother of Ron/Alan and grandmother of Matthew/Zachary).

Arrangements are under the care and trust of Baldwin Brothers Funerals & Cremations, Tavares, Florida. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to the Alzheimer’s Association.

A private family memorial/celebration of life will be held at a later date. His ashes will be scattered by his sons with a small portion lovingly kept by his wife, Christine, until she can be joined with him forever.


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  1. 17 Jan 2017
    Brian Seebauer says:
    Gale was the most kind, intelligent and generous Uncle I could have ever hoped for.

  2. 21 Aug 2016
    Mary Heikkinen says:
    He was the best brother-in-law! When we moved to Lake County, Florida, from California, we had such fun getting together with my sister and Gale. We'd have wonderful meals together and then play cards, Yahtzee, or Mexican Train. Such great conversations. I especially liked when Gale would talk about birds and he gave us our first bird book. It's become a real resource to us. He was such a joy and he will be truly missed.

  3. 19 Aug 2016
    Ron Zelnick says:
    Dad you were my best friend thanks for being the man that you were and instilling your values and passion for life.i miss you

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