Archive for April, 2008

Sad News

April 21, 2008

I recently learned that Sharon Sweeney Zesut passed away. Sharon was the wife of Robert (Bob) Zesut who is the youngest son of Michael Zesut. Bob is my grandmother Wanda Zesut Thibeault’s first cousin (making him my first cousin twice removed).

Sharon and I had recently corresponded via email and she was instrumental in arranging a phone call I had with Bob a few months ago. She was also a big help with passing along info and photos/articles related to the Zesuts to Bob. She was always very friendly – a very nice person.

Sharon was one of the earliest subscribers to the update notifications for this blog and it was nice to know that she was reading along with everyone else.

Following is her obituary from The Daily Times.

Sharon Sweeney Zesut, 60, of Maryville has passed away after a brief battle with ALS on April 10th 2008. She was the daughter of Michael and Ione Sweeney born on November 13th, 1947, in Denver, Colorado. She lived in numerous parts of the country and settled in East Tennessee in 1996. She worked as a Century 21 Real Estate Broker and also spent time volunteering for community events. She held a passion for animals and served as a regional Siamese Rescue Coordinator caring for nearly 200 cats and finding them new homes. She is survived by her husband, Robert W. Zesut; son Robert M. Zesut; daughter, Laura Stacey; brother, Michael Sweeney; stepsons, Richard Zesut & James Zesut; and stepdaughters, Joanne Clinton & Lynda Glarner, along with 11 grandchildren. The family welcomes all to a celebration of her life at 6 p.m. on Sunday April 13, 2008, at the Maryville/Alcoa Home Builders, 1719 King Circle, Maryville, TN. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Siamese Rescue, 366 Meander Run Road, Locust Dale, VA 22948, 504-672-6373 in Honor of Sharon Zesut. Smith Funeral & Cremation Service, Maryville, 865-983-1000,

My condolences go out to her family.


1927: Party With The Zesuts!

April 2, 2008

Here’s an interesting little Zesut mention from the July 26, 1927 edition of the Hartford Courant:

Anthony & Michael Arrested

SOURCE: East Hartford, The Hartford Courant, Hartford, CT, July 26, 1927, page 6
Police Court
In Police Court Monday morning, Paul Werkderk of Glastonbury, Anthony J. Zesut of this town and his brother, Michael Zesut of Glastonbury were fined $10 each for breach of the peace.  The men were arrested Saturday night at the home of Zesut on High Street here where neighbors complained of a noisy party.
Prior to this article I had thought my Great Grandfather Anthony had moved straight from Glastonbury to Hartford. This residence in East Hartford is news to me. I’ll have to check the city directories during this time period to see if I can determine how long he lived there. At this point in his life he had been married for eleven years and had five daughters. Michael Zesut had been married for five years and had two boys at home. I can’t imagine this went over very well at home for either of them!