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Zeller, Irving

 

Zeller, Irving a resident of Highland Park and former long time resident of both Willmette and Glencoe, Illinois passed away Monday December 13 at the age of 91. Loving husband of Lee (Friedman), devoted father of Dr. Clifford (Karen) and Susan, proud grandfather of Benjamin (Emily), Matthew and Jonathan (Zeller), Cally and Katie (Tucker) and great-grandfather of Laurel (Zeller). Born in Winnipeg, Canada, Mr. Zeller grew up in Chicago and attended Marshall High School. Mr. Zeller proudly served in WWII. He was a Master Sergeant in the U.S. Army's 95th Infantry Division and fought in several major engagements, including the Battle of Metz. He was also decorated by the Army as a Sharpshooter. Mr. Zeller graduated Northwestern University and went on to earn a Masters Degree. He loved his career, a long time principal in the Chicago Public Schools, Mr. Zeller was an innovative teacher and combined both his music and education backgrounds to set up programs and activities. He established one of the first Drum and Bugle Corps for Chicago students. Mr. Zeller told the story that The Chicago Woman's Symphony Orchestra hired him to play bass in the orchestra when they could not find an appropriate musician to play with the all-woman ensemble. Mr. Zeller played bass with well-known entertainers including Jack Benny, Danny Kaye, The Count Basie Orchestra and many others. Mr. Zeller was a lifetime member of the Chicago Federation of Musicians. Services were held December 17 at Shalom Memorial Funeral Home, Arlington Heights, In lieu of flowers donations can be made in his name to: AFMDA (Mogen David Adom), 3175 Commercial Ave., Suite 101, Northbrook, IL 60062. For info please call (847) 255-3520.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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