Joseph Alton Zorich, age 75, of Reynoldsburg, Ohio, passed away on March 24, 2021. Joe was born April 18,1945 to the late Stanley and Janet (Volpe) Zorich in Martins Ferry, OH, and graduated from Bridgeport High School where he excelled at football and golf. He then went to study university at West Liberty University where he was a member of the Theta Xi Fraternity and graduated with a degree in microbiology; and then to The Ohio State University where he earned his MBA. He was retired from the Ohio Department of Health as an Administrative Manager where he was also on the Governor's Emergency Medical Task Force.
Joe is survived by his loving son, Brent Zorich; and sister-in-law, Pat Sotak. He was preceded in death by his wife, Jane "Cookie" Zorich; mother-in-law, Irene Sotak; and father-in-law, Gaze Sotak. Joe will be remembered for being a loving father, and amazing husband, and a fantastic brother-in-law.
He was always there to give his son, Brent, advice, help him with his math homework growing up, and with Brent being an only child, spoil him with all of the best and latest toys, clothes, baseball cards, video games, and gadgets for birthday and Christmas. Brent remembers having oral surgery when he was a child and his dad surprising him with a Star Wars 12 inch Boba Fett toy that Brent still has on his shelf in his bedroom. He was very involved in Brent's post curricular activities growing up including being involved in a "Quarterback Club" for football while Brent was at St. Pius X Elementary and St. Charles Preparatory High School; and the 13 years of private art lessons Brent had with The Central Ohio Art Academy in Reynoldsburg.
Joe was a huge Ohio State Football fan and he went to the Rose Bowl with his college friends in the 1960's for the National Championship Game under Coach Woody Hayes where he got a piece of the goal post which hangs in his office. A Corvette owner and lover of music, he had a huge collection of records and cds from the Motown era, with The Four Tops being his favorite, as well as was a very big fan of The Rolling Stones and Guns N' Roses: with "Patience" by GNR being his favorite song and ringtone. He was a huge fan of action movies and loved watching "Die Hard" with Bruce Willis every year for Christmas; was a fan of Denzel Washington; as well as "Indiana Jones and The Raiders of the Lost Ark" by Steven Spielberg; and finally the old westerns with Clint Eastwood like "The Outlaw Josie Wales." Chances are, if he were in the family room with the TV on, he'd have on ESPN watching Lebron James in the NBA, or pulling for The Cleveland Browns in the NFL. Joe looked forward to March Madness College Basketball every year and was a fan of Coach Bobby Knight. He was also attentive every April to the NFL Draft, which usually fell near his birthday. In the 90s, Joe was a humongous follower of The Chicago Bulls and used to continuously watch one of his favorite athletes, Michael Jordan, always making sure his son, Brent, had the latest Nike "Air Jordan's" in high school. To the neighbors up the street as well as his coworkers he will always be known as "Joe", but to Brent he will be known as "My Best Bud."
Joe met the love of his life, Cookie, when they were both in the same wedding. Cookie was the Maid of Honor and Joe was the Best Man. A year or so later, in 1970, they met again and were married in six months which included planning a big wedding, with the first album he got her being "Your Song" by Elton John. The entire Zorich Family and the Sotak Family became one big family, celebrating all holidays together. Cookie and Joe were each other's best friends for the rest of their lives and Cookie often said that she was the luckiest woman on the planet right up until she died in 2017.
Services will be held at St. Pius X Catholic Church where Joe was a member. Visitation will be held on TUESDAY, April 06, 2021, from 10 AM - 11AM followed by The Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 with Msgr. Patrick Gaughan officiating. Burial will follow in the Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery. Online condolences available at www.pfeiferfuneral.com.
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