Laura Joanne Zeccardi — Minneapolis

Laura Joanne Zeccardi, 28, of Minneapolis, passed away peacefully Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013, at the University of Minnesota Medical Center in Fairview.

Laura was born to parents, Alan V. and Linda J. Zeccardi in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., on Jan. 5, 1985. Laura moved to Chatfield in 1988, attended Chatfield Public Schools, and graduated from Chatfield High School in 2003. She graduated from Macalester College in 2007, and New York University in 2009. Laura worked at the Minnesota Historical Society as a Program Specialist for the History Day Program.

A Remembrance and Honoring of Laura's Life will be held Sunday, March 3, at 2 p.m. at Chatfield Lutheran Church in Chatfield, with Pastor Mark Docken officiating. Visitation will be an hour prior to the service at the church.

Laura loved her family. She loved her friends, she loved education, she loved her work, and she loved exploring, teaching, and preserving moments in history. Laura was an originator and a caretaker. She loved cultivating plants and raising animals while absorbing, engaging, and capturing the seasons she treasured at her homes. She loved to be in the kitchen. Laura loved to knit endless skeins of yarn for her and others to sense the enthusiasm, kindness, and warmth of something made with her mind, her hands and her love. Her personality, her thoughts, her ideas, and her beliefs were contagious and everyone who was lucky enough to be a part of her life was forever influenced by her compassion and willingness to listen and advocate.

Her voice, her knowledge, her smile, her sense of humor, her passion, her creativity, her persistence and her desire are a small handful of her characteristics that will be missed. Knowing Laura was an honor and a privilege that is unable to be expressed in words. Laura was, and will continue to be, encompassed with love.

Laura is survived by her parents, of Chatfield; her brothers, Philip, of Rochester, and Daniel, of Chatfield; paternal grandmother, Janet Friest, of Nanuet, N.Y.; uncles and aunts, Donald and Victoria DePaolo, of Wallingford, Conn., and Edward and Cecile Zeccardi, of Nanuet, N.Y.; and uncle, Americo Zeccardi Jr., of New York City. Her soul mate, Andrew Marzoni, of Minneapolis, survives Laura. Cousins, Lisa Tyler, Matthew DePaolo, and Edward, Joseph, and Deborah Zeccardi also survive Laura.

Her maternal grandparents, Charles and Eleanor DePaolo, her paternal grandfather, Americo Zeccardi, and uncle, Robert Zeccardi preceded her in death.

Riley Funeral Home in Chatfield is in charge of arrangements. 507-867-4310.

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Memorials are preferred to the "Laura Zeccardi Memorial Endowment Fund" at the Minnesota Historical Society.