Reynolds Hamrick Funeral Homes & Crematory

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John Eugene Zajic Jr.

September 13, 1923October 26, 2019

John Zajic, 96, died peacefully at Shenandoah Hospice in Fishersville, Virginia, on October 26, 2019. He was born in Phoebus, Virginia on September 13, 1923, a son of the late John and Geraldine Zajic Sr In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Irene Harrison and his wife, Mary Susan Marlowe.

John is survived by his only child, son, Michael Jon Zajic, of Lewes, Delaware; niece, Dianne Atwood of Long Beach, California; great-niece, Sarah Martineck and great-nephew Scot Martineck, also of Long Beach, California. Zajic is also survived by long time companions Betty Anne Bare of Charlottesville, Virginia, by Elizabeth Shepard of Midlothian, Virginia and Thomas and Patricia Gore whom he lived with in Waynesboro, Virginia.

John attended Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland until he was recruited as an Engineer to the Navy Yard in Washington, DC. to work on the development of Sonar for submarines during the Second World War. John spent his career at the Navy Yard until he retired early in 1961, then lived on his historic farm, owned at one time by George Washington, in Nanjemoy, Maryland, and later farmed in West Virginia. He loved dancing, music, sailing, flying, farming, and studying spiritual teachings, gaining many friends with shared beliefs.

John will be remembered at a Celebration of Life Service at 1:00 pm on Sunday, November 24th at 1024 Carrington Place, 2nd floor Charlottesville, VA 22903.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a memorial contribution in John's name to Kathy McConnin, C/O Science of Mind, 937 Canvas Back Drive, Charlottesville, VA 22903.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Waynesboro Chapel of Reynolds Hamrick Funeral Homes.

Relatives and friends may share condolences and memories online with the family by visiting www.reynoldshamrickfuneralhomes.com.


24 November

Memorial Service

1:00 pm


John Eugene Zajic Jr.

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Rose Benson

November 10, 2019

I'll always remember John for coming into my life at a very dark and difficult time and helping me to see light once again. He was a loyal friend, and a caring human being with genuine commitment and faith to finding the spiritual truth, to healing himself and others. I hope he finds peace, joy, love and light in his new home. May many blessings be shed upon him for eternity.

Karla Briscoe

October 27, 2019

This picture was from the last weekend trip with John to West Virginia; no phones, no running water but a great experience.

Karla Briscoe

October 27, 2019

John was our adopted grandfather; so many memories from Christmas mornings of him coming over early to watch the kids unwrap gifts, to the geometric dome playhouse he made for the kids, the airplane oh... maybe we shouldn't go there. I loved all the talks with John from his dreams to real life, all was interesting. John was family and we all loved him so much.