Siegfried George Zilonka (97) passed away in the hospital on September 6, 2023 from complications due to pneumonia, after an accident he had while out fertilizing his 2+ acre, manicured lawn!

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He was born July 21, 1926, in Breslau, Germany and at the age of two, he and his family emigrated to the U.S. to settle in Salt Lake City. He graduated from West High School and began his career at Mountain Fuel Supply Co./Questar where he retired in 1980.

Sig was a proud veteran of the Korean War where he served from 1950 to 1952. He married his sweetheart, Lois “Zee” Murdock, while he was first stationed at Camp Gordon in Augusta, GA. They were married for 73 wonderful years and lived in Murray, UT most of their working years.

In retirement, he and Lois loved to travel, both in the U.S. and abroad. Some of their best memories were traveling in their motorhomes and making new friends along the way.

They also enjoyed spending time in their home in Charleston during the summers and St. George in the winters. Sig’s greatest pleasure was sitting on his deck overlooking Deer Creek Reservoir, drinking coffee and visiting with his many friends.

He was preceded in death by his two sisters, Anita Gisela Zilonka Cameron and Sylvia Zilonka Bruening, and his nephews Ron Cameron and Mark Bruening.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Lois; his nephews, Randy Cameron (Jane) and John Bruening (Gina); and nieces Patricia Cameron Naisbitt (Stu) and Jill Bruening Stimatz (Brett)

As per Sig’s wishes, he was cremated. There will be a Celebration of Life for family members and close friends sometime in the future.

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Post Date

Sep 15, 2023

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Breslau, Germany




  • Korean War

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  • Moutain Fuel/Questar
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Hello Lois, Jeff Wade here, Joe's son. I am so sorry for your loss but at 97 and over 70 years together what a wonderful time/memories you both have (we should all be so lucky). I remember those summer parties you had for decades and Sig's willingness to help everyone in Charleston. It is only fitting that he passed doing what he loved!

Our prayers and thoughts are with you.

JEFF WADE , Sandy, UT, US Sep 20, 2023

So very sorry for your loss. Sig was always sweet to me whenever I saw him. I know how much he meant to Lois and the family. I’m sure he will be missed very much.

Faith Adams , Murray , UT, US Sep 16, 2023