Ed Zottola Passes

Posted by ODI Secretary | On: Dec 30 2017

ed_zottolaEdmund Zottola, of Cook, Minnesota, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, October 4, 2017, at the age of 85, from complications of pneumonia. He had been suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease for several years.

Ed was an Extension food microbiologist at the University of Minnesota for nearly 30 years. He never forgot his roots in Oregon, and his work at Minnesota found application in cheese plants and other food processing plants in Oregon.  He loved helping people solve problems.

Ed got his first taste of dairy food processing at the Zottola Cheese factory owned and operated by his father and uncle in Gilroy California and Grants Pass Oregon.  He continued to be involved in the family business until 1945 when the company was sold. Later his father opened Zottola’s Dairy Products. After graduating from OSU, Ed returned to Grants Pass and the family business for about two years when he decided he wanted to be a college professor.

Ed loved the Food Science Dept. at OSU as he spent many hours there as an undergrad and then graduate student before traveling to Minnesota to do his Ph.D. and start his life as a faculty at the University of Minnesota.

Ed was honored as a Golden Pioneer at OSU in the recent past and was proud to call OSU his alma mater.

His family is thankful for all of the kindness people have shown him over the years while he would travel to Oregon to visit.

His daughter Sarah Masoni says, “He taught me much of what I know about food science with many discussions around the dinner table, and tours of food processing plants and dairies as I was growing up.”

Ed was also a creative person and loved to tell stories, he wrote a children’s book called “The Adventures of Willie Walleye.”  He wrote it for his grandkids.  One of his favorite jokes was “Did you hear about the guy who went to the yard sale and came back with three feet?”

Ed will be deeply missed by his family and friends. He leaves behind his wife Marsha, children Joseph Zottola, Sarah Masoni, Josh Zottola, and Theresa Drift, as well as grandchildren; Jessica Zottola, Amy Masoni, Jessie Anne Drift, Sean Drift, Josh Zottola Jr., and Sierra Zottola.  He is also survived by his brothers Palmer Zottola and Ernie Zottola, and his sister Teresa Miller.  And all of his nieces and nephews that he loved.

Memorial Service
Saturday, October 21, 2017, 1:00 PM
Trinity Lutheran Church
231 2nd St E
Cook, MN 55723

Remembrances may be made to:

Dairy Science Facility
Oregon State University Foundation
850 SW 35th Street
Corvallis, OR 97333

Thank you for your kindness and well-wishes to our family at this time.

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