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Deceased Name: Zien , Burton J.

Zien, Burton J. On December 22, 2002, at 90 years of age, Burt died peacefully in a Boston, Massachusetts, hospice, with his wife Betty, son Jim, and nephew Chip Zien at his side. Burt was born in Milwaukee, and graduated from the University of Wisconsin. He held key labor relations positions with the Tennessee Valley Authority and the U.S. Department of Labor in the 1930s and 1940s; supervised U.S. radar stations in the South Pacific during WW II; and with his three brothers operated Zien Mechanical Contractors, a participant in the construction of many significant Wisconsin buildings. A lifelong social, political, community, and peace activist, as well as an accomplished sculptor in his retirement, Burt's lust for life will be missed by a large family including Betty, Jim and Karen Anne Zien; granddaughters Rebecca Collet and her husband Denis; and Jennifer Bailey and her husband Stewart; great-granddaughter Jacqueline (Rebecca) and great-grandson Jack (Jennifer); sisters Janet Wintroub and Betty Ann Croen; brothers Robert, Allen, and Edward Zien; numerous sisters- and brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and friends. Burt donated his body to the Harvard University School of Medicine in support of its programs of research and education. A celebration of his life will occur in Milwaukee in the spring of 2003 on a date to be announced.


Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (WI)

Date: January 22, 2003







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