Paul Francis Zizza

April 6, 1937November 27, 2018

Dr. Paul Zizza passed away on November 27th, 2018 at the age of 81.

He was born in Pennsylvania. He attended Pennsylvania Military College, followed by dental school at the University of Pennsylvania. Soon afterwards he took an internship with the Air Force in Turkey and this is where he met Kathleen, a teacher with the Department of Defense. Paul and Kathleen were married at the Vatican in Rome, Italy in 1967.

Paul completed orthodontic school at Temple University and then he and Kathleen moved to Merced, California in 1971 where he practiced orthodontics for 35 years. He was always proud to see many “happy smiles” of his former patients!

Paul enjoyed skiing, golfing, fly fishing and traveling the world with his family and friends. He loved his garden and cooking was his passion. He enjoyed spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren. Paul was also a member of the Sunrise Rotary Club, the Italian Lodge, and he served as a Grand Knight in the Knights of Columbus. He was an active member of the Catholic Church in Merced.

Paul is survived by his wife, Kathleen; his son, Louis John and his two children Anthony and Sasha; his daughter, Ingrid Fellows and her husband, Jason and their two children, Cole and Chase.

A Catholic Mass will be said in Paul’s memory and internment will take place at St. Peter’s Cemetery in Fresno.

In lieu of flowers please consider a donation in memory of Dr. Paul Zizza to: The Our Lady Of Mercy School Foundation Post Office Box 3621 Merced, California 95344


  • Memorial Mass Friday, December 21, 2018

Paul Francis Zizza

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Nettie Descalso

December 4, 2018

My memory is the many times he came to the polenta dinner the ICF sponsored. He did like his polenta and always with a smile on his face.