Zunic, Edward Frank

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amem_newriver.jpgEdward Frank (Ed) Zunic, 49, left his suffering behind and joined Jesus in Paradise on Friday, May 5, 2006. A loving and devoted husband and father, Ed was also a loyal and valued employee of Corning, Inc. in Blacksburg, Va. He was preceded in death by his mother Frances Jerina Zunic and his father, Edward Daniel Zunic.

He is survived by his wife of 21 years, Genie Hamblin Zunic. He is also survived by his “daughter in heart” and son-in-law, Gena Owens Lisi and Evan Morse Lisi from Dumfries, Va.; two loving daughters at home, Jessica Lee-Ann Zunic and Jamie Lynn Zunic; and two treasured grandchildren, Corey Lisi and Cameryn Lisi. Ed is also survived by his loving sister, Vicki Lee Zunic of Springfield, Ohio. He is also survived by a brother-in-law and his wife, Ronnie and Layda Hamblin; a sister-in-law and her husband, Shirley and Keith Martin; and five nephews and one niece.

During his career with Corning, Inc., Ed worked in Danville, KY and Corning, NY, in addition to the Blacksburg plant. He was issued a patent for a firing process that cut costs considerably while at the Blacksburg plant, ran a very efficient kiln operation and worked on various capital projects and will be sadly missed by all of his co-workers and friends.

He was highly regarded throughout the company for all of his contributions and for his dedication to his various jobs over the 27 years of service to the company. He was also a very talented carpenter and furniture maker and made many pieces of furniture for his family that will be treasured for years to come. Ed was a very kind, patient, considerate and loving individual who enjoyed the outdoors, fishing, hunting and being with his family.

Funeral services will be held Monday, May 8, 2006 at 11 a.m. at the Belspring United Methodist Church with Rev. Nancy Wilhite presiding. Interment will follow in the Highland Memory Gardens in Dublin. The family requests that if some desire is expressed to make memorial contributions that they be made to the PanCAN, 2141 Rosecrans Avenue, Suite 7000, El Sequndo, CA 90245 which is used specifically for pancreatic cancer research.

The family also wishes to thank everyone for their continued prayers and support over the progression of Ed’s illness and passing. The Zunic family will receive friends from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday at the church. The Zunic family is in the care of Mullins Funeral Home & Crematory in Radford.