Michael T. "Z" Zaremba

July 1, 1954June 9, 2011

Mike was a resident of Colorado Springs, originally from Brooklyn, NY. He suffered a brain aneurysm and passed away Thursday June 9th in California, while away on business. He was Vice President of Technology Operations and Support Services at Blackhawk Network.

Mike was a vivacious, fun loving, hard-working man, who was a role model to all. He was a selfless and dedicated father and husband. He was giving and lived his life with amazing integrity and passion. All who knew him, are better for it.

He met his wife of 36 years, Mary, at age 17 when they lived across the street from one another. They were married 4 years later. He joined the Army at age 19, and was stationed in Germany for 2 years. He became a father in 1979, and gave the world to his 3 children: Melissa, Joey and Chris. He was an excellent baseball player, and played while in the Army. He coached soccer and baseball. He was an avid sports fan, particularly hockey, and loved theater. He was a host family for a couple Canadian hockey players for Colorado College. He always loved animals; especially his huskies and gorillas. He was a donor for the Jane Goodall Foundation. He taught everyone that the simple things in life were most important. He was selfless when it came to his family. He never missed an opportunity to appreciate the mountains, ocean or fresh air. He hiked a few of the Colorado 14’ers. He was always a ‘do it yourself’ man and he LOVED music. Throughout his entire life he spent endless hours listening to every kind of music, rolling the windows down and cranking the music up.

In the last year of his life, Mike was able to take a family trip to Hawaii; a place he always said he wanted to see before dying. He also had the opportunity to zip line in Guatemala and eat pierogies in Poland while traveling with work.

He is survived by his wife Mary Zaremba, daughter Melissa Zaremba Crooch (husband David Crooch), sons Joey and Chris Zaremba, mother Ann Zaremba, sister Susan Zaremba, and brother James Zaremba. Mike was preceded in death by his father, Theodore J. Zaremba.

Visitation Wednesday, June 15th from 4-8pm at Swan Law Funeral Directors, 501 N. Cascade Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO. Mass of Christian Burial Thursday June 16th 10am at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 6455 Brook Park, Colorado Springs, CO. Graveside services Ft. Logan National Cemetery Thursday June 16th 2:15pm, 4400 W. Kenyon Avenue, Denver, CO 80236.

In lieu of flowers, Mike would have preferred your donation be made to the Jane Goodall Foundation,, or ‘in honor of’ call 703-682-9220, or contribute to your local zoo’s gorilla exhibit. That was one of the causes he supported in life.

Arrangements under the direction of Swan-Law Funeral Directors, Colorado Springs, CO.


  • Visitation Wednesday, June 15, 2011
  • Mass of Christian Burial Thursday, June 16, 2011
  • Graveside Service Thursday, June 16, 2011

Michael T. "Z" Zaremba

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John Curran

July 6, 2011

Mary and Family...
I was friends with Mike back in Miesau, W.Germany. We served in the Army together. I was sitting here with my wife and decided to look Mike up after all these years. I'm sorry for your loss. The short time together lasted a life time. Mike was a great person then and from reading the obituary Mike hadn't changed one bit. He loved his music then and glad to see he rocked all these years. His favorite band in 75' was KISS. He would come into our barrack's and insist we play the newest album and he would hand us all brooms and we would play all night long. He was a lot of fun to hang out with. He did have a serious side to him. Even at 19 sitting in Germany he couldn't say enough about his wife Mary. Never met a guy at such a young age who was so in love with his girl. He truely counted the days to be back at home and you both are blessed to have that love for 36 years. I am glad to read he lived a full, rich, life... somehow I knew he would! God Bless

Bobby Williams

June 16, 2011

To the family from a friend in Digital, I will miss him my hockey loving friend. God bless... Bobby and Larnice Williams

Lorrin and Carole Lee

June 15, 2011

Mike was a well-respected manager at HP and always stood up for his team. And he was just so much fun. He will be missed in this world.

Janet Downs

June 15, 2011

Dear Mary, Melissa, Joey, Chris, Aunt Ann, Susan, and Jimmy--
Brad and I are there with you in spirit and share in Michael's loss. He was an exceptional individual who touched many lives. His memory shines eternal as does his soul. With abiding love and faith, Janet and Brad

Rachel (Holland) Debaillon

June 15, 2011

I don't think I could ever forget the fun-loving person the Mike was. He was such a character and had such an amazing wit! He will indeed be missed by all who knew him. Mary, Melissa, Joey and prayers are with you. May our gracious Lord God grant you peace and comfort, now and always.

Glenn and Dana Weeks

June 15, 2011

We're sorry to learn about Mike's passing. We both worked with Mike at (Digital/Compaq/HP). He seemed to always be happy and in very high spirits. Our thoughts are with you during this very difficult time.

Cara Salerno

June 15, 2011

Love and Light

Donna Strait

June 14, 2011

To the Family of Mike Zaremba: Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you remember Mike now and forever. He was so liked and respected by my husband working at Digital and on to HP. Remember the funny things and his loving heart for you. From the Richard Strait Family..

Lief Breden

June 14, 2011

Dear Mary, Melissa, Joey and Chris,

All of us here on the East Coast send our deepest condolences. Mike had the biggest HEART of anyone I have ever met! He and Ken Olsen are having lunch on the veranda as I write this.

Mary Francine Crawford-Guarnera

June 14, 2011

Mary, Joey, and Chris:
Words cannot express the heart felt sadness we feel for you and the loss of Mike!
What a great man, husband and father! The fondest memories I have of him are near and around ice rinks. Mike always made up hysterical, yet fitting nick names for everyone. Mike had an amazing sense of humor and zest for life! He was the man, the one person, everyone was excited to see, greet us on our bus heading out for our horrifically long, back- breaking, hockey trips. He was the one that would smile and have a positive outlook on any game loss or bad call; always supporting his and sons and their team. Mike always spoke so highly of you Mary and of you Joey and Chris. If only I had a crystal ball to play back the conversations.
This temporary earthly world has lost a great warrior, but I have faith, true faith, that he is battling for our souls in heaven right next to St. Michael the Archangel!
We love you, we pray for you. We pray Mother Mary is wrapping her mantel around you and embracing you as your father and husband is joining her Son in heaven.
Mary Francine, Chris, Brain, Brendan and Hope
Mike: “May the Choirs of Angels come to greet you, may they see you into paradise, may the Lord enfold you in His mercy, may you find eternal life”! Song of Farewell by Ernest Sands