Alvin Herman Zellers

July 16, 1951 — March 1, 2020

Alvin Herman Zellers, 68, of Winamac, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, March 1. He passed away peacefully at his home. 

Alvin was born on July 16, 1951, in Winamac, to the late Alvin B. and Emma E. (Sahlhoff) Zellers. He graduated from Winamac High School in 1972. On July 5, 1980, Alvin married Wendy J. Pietrzak in Greenwich, Connecticut. She survives.

Alvin was a faithful member of St. Luke Lutheran Church in Winamac where he had served as an elder and trustee. He was also very involved with the local Boy Scout Troop #229 and Cub Scout Pack #3230. Alvin enjoyed chaperoning Scout camping trips and outings. He was especially proud that both of his sons obtained the rank of Eagle Scout. 

Alvin was a retired production worker having worked nearly 20 years at Winamac Steel and nearly 20 years at Winamac Coil Spring in Kewanna, until he was diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia. He enjoyed doing yardwork; and not just his, but also for many friends and neighbors around town. Alvin was a talented handyman and woodworker. He liked gardening and canning as well as cooking and baking. Alvin was an avid Chicago Cubs fan and Notre Dame Women’s Basketball fan. He was a genealogist and enjoyed gathering and collecting Zellers family history. He was always faithful to attend the Zellers family reunion in the Winamac Town Park, and the Sahlhoff reunions in Bremen. 

Alvin was a very kind man who willingly gave of himself to others. He was a loving and devoted husband, dad, brother and godfather. He will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him. 

Survivors include his wife Wendy J. Pietrzak Zellers of Winamac; sons: Zachary A. Zellers of Winamac, and David W. Zellers of Sullivan; sisters: Bertha A. Kelsey of South Bend, and Emma Lou [Chris] Nielsen of Winamac; brother Glen A. [Kathy] Zellers of Winamac; mother-in-law Jean Pietrzak of Greenwich, Connecticut; sisters-in-law: Sandy [Chris] Burns of Syracuse, New York, and Heidi [Timmy] Hupal of Greenwich, Connecticut; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. 

He was preceded in death by his parents Alvin B. and Emma E. (Sahlhoff) Zellers; brother Ben E. [Celia] Zellers; and half sisters Jacque and Penny. 

Visitation was from 2-6 p.m. Sunday, March 15, at Frain Mortuary in Winamac. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, March 16, at St. Luke Lutheran Church in Winamac. Burial took place at Winamac Cemetery in Winamac.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Luke Lutheran Church or Boy Scout Troop #229.

Online tributes may be offered at

(Pulaski County Journal — March 18, 2020)

Pulaski County Journal

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