Edward Stanley Zlotek, just 2 weeks shy of his 103rd birthday, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 16, 2023, at his home in Manchester. He was born in Manchester, NH, the son of the late John J. and Agata M. (Miara) Zlotek.
He was the beloved husband for 77 years of the late Hessy (Janosz) Zlotek. They were married on September 5, 1943, in Manchester, NH.
Ed was a lifelong resident of Manchester, having graduated from the Manchester schools of Bakersville Elementary School and Central High School. He looked forward to his high school reunions as there were many graduates who both he and Hessy enjoyed seeing.
Ed worked at Pratt and Whitney in East Hartford, Connecticut as an engine tester when he was drafted into the United States Army Air corps for WWII. With his airplane engine background, he was a Private for nearly a year with an occupational specialty of an airplane engine mechanic and then was an instructor at the AAF Tech School for 6 months specializing in the instruction on aircraft engines. He ultimately attended preflight school but with WWII ending, his group was honorably discharged before being fully trained for flying. Still, he eventually did receive his private pilot’s license.
After returning from his military service, he landed a job at the Mobil service station where Hanover and Lake Ave meet in Manchester. The manager then decided not to renew his contract with Mobil so Ed opted to take it on and ended up managing that station for 40 years, making many friends along the way. After all those years one can appreciate that cars were central to Ed’s life. He truly enjoyed fixing up engines and continued to keep up with all the auto news after his retirement. Ed accepted every challenge and normally fixed it himself whether at work or at home.
He was an active member of the First United Methodist Church being Head Usher welcoming everyone each week in addition to assisting in the service.
In addition to his wife and parents, Ed was predeceased by his son and daughter-in-law, David and Nancy Zlotek. He is survived by his daughter, Laurie Sulger and her husband, Jack of Lyme, CT; grandchildren, Patricia Law and her husband, Jon of El Paso, TX and Katherine Dezotelle and her husband, Darrin of Fairfax, VT; and three great grandchildren, Isaac and Paige Law and Gus Dezotelle.
SERVICES: On June 16 at 11AM a Graveside Service will be held at Pine Grove Cemetery in Manchester, NH where the main gate is off Calef Road. Family and friends are invited to attend.
Ed’s family would like to thank the staff from the VNA Hospice group for the care, compassion, and companionship they gave Ed while he was under their program. In lieu of flowers, gifts in his memory can be made to the VNA Hospice of Manchester and Southern NH, 1070 Holt Ave., Suite 1400, Manchester, NH 03109 or in Ed’s name to a charity of one’s choice.