UNADILLA — Emil Martin “Marty” Zona, 74, of Unadilla, passed away peacefully at his home on Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013.
Born on his family’s farm in Jefferson, on Sept. 28, 1938, he was the son of the late Martin and Mary (Materni) Zona, who came to America from Hungary.
He graduated from Jefferson High School in 1957 and from Delhi Ag and Tech (now SUNY Delhi) in 1960. After serving four years in the Air Force, Mr. Zona worked as a regional field representative for Allis Chalmers Farm Machinery Corporation. During this time he taught classes of instruction for other field representatives. He later became a service representative for Oneonta Tractor Sales. Afterwards, he was the manager of the parts department at Wickham Motors in Delhi and then worked as a painting specialist at the Raymond Corp. in Greene.
An avid sportsman, he was a star basketball player in high school and afterwards on YMCA teams. He was an enthusiastic hunter and snowmobile fan. One of his favorite pastimes was viewing the tractor pulls at county and state fairs. He was a member of several prize winning bowling and bocce teams both in New York and Florida and was proud of bowling a 279.
Together with his wife Phyllis, he was a member of the International Retreads, a motorcycle club and they enjoyed cycling in the Northeast and Canada.
Mr. Zona was a friendly and generous man with a marvelous sense of humor who loved people and enjoyed family picnics, celebrations and other gatherings. He was a good neighbor and was always actively engaged in projects at home, working as a gardener, carpenter, electrician and stonemason. He never failed to assist those who asked for help and was beloved by all who knew him.
Mr. Zona was married to Sandra Bennett and later to Phyllis Brownell.