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Christian Zotti - 94

5/20/2022 - 5/20/2022

Burnham, Illinois

Cristiano “Christian” A. Zotti. Age 94. Longtime Burnham resident, immigrated from his hometown Camporovere, Provincia di Vicenza, Italy in 1954. Cristiano worked as a baker for Torino Bread Company in Chicago’s Roseland Neighborhood and at Anthony J Pizza Company in Chicago Heights. Then worked in maintenance for St. Catherine Hospital in East Chicago, Indiana and South Holland Bank until his retirement. Husband of the late Natalina nee Mancuso. Dearest companion of Sylvia Zroka. Father of Giovanna “Joann” (Alan) Holverson, Silvana (late Tom) Morgan, Laura (Bill) Bodine, Liu (Joel) Schoen, Anna (Chris) Rzeszutko, and Linda (Tom) Vespa. “Nono” of Erik (Tonia) Holverson, Kristen (Matthew) Tutlis, Elaina Morgan, Tina (Michael Magnes) Morgan, Sherianne (Ben) Zander, Billy (Mindy) Bodine, Brad (Abbey) Bodine, Aimee (Lars) Meiner, Christopher (Marcie) Reif, Luke (Renee) Rzeszutko, Katelyn (Joel) Madayag, Jacob and Nina Rzeszutko. “Bisnono” of Gianna Holverson, Finn Tutlis, Colton, Bryson, Ada and Dylan Bodine, Oakleigh and Oliver Meiner, Kensie and Kade Reif, Taylor and Morgan Rzeszutko, and Myles Madayag. Son of the late Giovanela nee Pangrazzio and Giovanni Zotti. Brother of Maria (late Nino) Vellar, 1 predeceased brother and 2 predeceased sisters in Italy.

Cristiano had five great passions: music, fishing, soccer woodworking and most of all – family. He made everyone feel special and his love of life was infectious.  For decades, he hosted a family lunch every Saturday, sharing good music, good food, good wine, and good company. Cristiano will be reunited privately with Natalina at Oakland Memory Lanes.

The Zotti family would appreciate memorials in Cristiano’s name to Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra, 1040 Ridge Road, Munster, IN, 46321 or

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  • Elena Grose

    on 05/22/22

    Dear Zotti family.  I'm so very sorry for your loss.  Your dad was such a special person.  I'm so thankful that we were able to visit this past October.  It had been way too long.  He was exactly the same as I remembered growing up when we would visit each summer.  So many good memories to hold on to were made in that basement over the years.  Sending love and prayers to you all.  

  • Daniel Vescovi & Family

    on 05/22/22

    Zotti family, we were saddened to hear the loss of your dad. We have a lot of great memories as a child coming over to the Burnham home with my mom and dad to visit with your family. Our heartfelt condolences to the family. My mom (Maria) also sends her thoughts and prayers.  Chris was a very outstanding man.

  • Janice and Richard Mertz

    on 05/22/22

    Dear Zotti Family,

    My thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this time of grief and loss. Nonno was an amazing man that could fill a room with laughter and song. I'll always remember many lively discussions and opinions on opera and music. On some occasions he'd burst into an aria or "beviam beviamo" which carries on across many branches of his extended Family. He is loved deeply by his Family and by us as well.

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