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Culley's MeadowWood Funeral Home and Memorial Park

700 Timberlane Road, Tallahassee, FL

OBITUARY

Dr. Edward Francis Zapert

September 30, 1956July 25, 2019

Edward Francis Zapert, D.M.D., 62, of Tallahassee, Florida, passed away unexpectedly on July 25, 2019.

He was born in Hartford, CT on September 30, 1956 to Thomas and Cecilia (Trzcinski) Zapert.

Dr. Zapert grew up in Wethersfield, CT completing his undergraduate studies at the University of CT before earning his dental degree from the University of CT School of Medicine in 1982. He moved to Tallahassee in 1982 to work for the public health system and served as the Dental Director for the Florida Department of Health in Leon County for 30 years. In 2013 he became the Dental Executive Director for the Florida Department of Health.

Dr. Zapert had a passion for music and was a gifted guitarist and bass player. He was also an avid fisherman spending many weekends off-shore fishing on his boat with family and friends. He is survived by his children, Caroline and Michael Zapert of Tallahassee; brother and sister- in- law, Thomas Jr. and Deborah Zapert of East Hampton, CT; brother, James Zapert of Fort Collins, CO; sister and brother- in- law, Linda and David Deresienski of West Hartford, CT; and nephews, Bretton and Blake Deresienski.

A gathering of family and friends will be held from 5-7 pm on Friday, August 9, 2019 at Culley’s MeadowWood Funeral Home 700 Timberlane Rd, Tallahassee.

In lieu of flowers, please send memorial donations to the Ed Zapert Dental Scholarship Fund: www.gofundme.com/f/ed-zapert-scholarship

The scholarship fund has been set up to aid dental students pursuing practice in the public health arena.

Services

  • Gathering of Family and Friends Friday, August 9, 2019

Memories

Dr. Edward Francis Zapert

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Krissy Klepper

August 11, 2019

I don’t even know where to start. My heart is broken. To his son Michael, and Daughter Caroline..... your father was such a great man! Spoke of the two of you often with such a heart full of love. So proud of you both. I worked with your dad when I was in college as a dental hygiene student. Such great memories. Lots of laughs! Went out on my first deep sea fishing excursion with him. Being a girl from Kansas... that was a big deal! 😊 Connected with your dad again about 6 years ago. We texted weekly and always looked forward to hearing from him. Your dad held a huge place in my heart! Last I spoke to him he was heading up north to his reunion. Hadn’t heard from him , got worried.... then saw the obituary. I can only imagine the pain and sorrow in your hearts. My deepest sympathy goes out to you and please know your father was so loved and respected. He loved the two of you deeply and only wanted happiness for you both. I’m beside myself that my friend will no longer be there for our weekly communication. Actually, at a loss as for words . My heart feels empty knowing I cannot speak with him. As I’m sure your does too. All my prayers go out to you both and his family. God has a great new arrival.

Philip Street

August 9, 2019

I worked with Dr. Zapert for many years while at the Department of Health. I first knew him as a gifted colleague and advocate for dental services for the underprivileged. I later knew him as a close friend. He made our community a better place. I am so sorry he left us so soon.

Frank catalanotto

August 4, 2019

End it was a great guy. He was always so personable and cheerful. He did his public health job with great enthusiasm and dedication and commitment to improving access to care for the underserved. I particularly remember him willing to go out on a limb to get certain things done. I will always cherish and remember the times I spent with him.

Luciana Shaddox

August 4, 2019

Ed was a loving and caring man. We worked togetherat leon county on one of our research projects on periodontal disease in kids. He was always willing to help move science forward and was always welcoming to our team there. He will be missed in leon county health department and in our hearts. May the family find peace in this difficult time. Much love their way! Sincerely, luciana