Fulton-Theroux Funeral Service

13 Beckwith Ln, Old Lyme, CT


Donald W. Zapatka

Passed away on May 7, 2020

Old Lyme, Dr. Donald W Zapatka, 85 the son of Walter and Anna Zapatka (Ziezulewicz) of New Britain, CT. passed away on May 7, 2020 at Bride Brook Health and Rehabilitation Center. Donald graduated from St. Louis Dental School, MO.

Following this he served overseas with the United States Army, where he met and married Erna Kempe of Germany. They settled in Old Lyme, CT. He worked for the University of CT, and established a private dental practice in Old Lyme.

Donald and Erna would have celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary this May.

He is predeceased by his parents and his one brother James. He leaves his beloved wife Erna Zapatka (Kempe) , son Dr. Carl D Zapatka, wife Erica, 2 grandchildren CJ and Charlie of Old Lyme , CT , and his daughter Monica C Zapatka of Cromwell, CT.

Burial will be private at Duck River Cemetery in Old Lyme, at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Calvary Chapel of Southeastern CT 130 Sharp Hill Rd, Uncasville, CT 06382.


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Donald W. Zapatka

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Steven Hinchey

May 11, 2020

To Erna, Carl and Monica

I was very sorry to hear of Dr Don's passing. I worked with him at the York CI. My memories will always be of his friendship, talking about family and life along with our shared profession of dentistry. My prayers are with him and you.

Steven Hinchey

Stanley and Debra Stachura

May 10, 2020

Erna, Monica, Carl, Erica, CJ and Charlie,

We are so sorry to hear of Donald's passing. We enjoyed being in his company and sharing conversation with him. Never saw him without a smile. Know that we are thinking of you and sending love and prayers.
Rest in peace Donald.

Debbie and Stanley

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