A Mass of Christian burial for retired Maj. Lawrence D. Zavoina will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Killeen with father Adam Martinez as celebrant. Burial will follow at Killeen City Cemetery with full military honors.
Mr. Zavoina died surrounded by family Sept. 6, 2013, after a brief fight with cancer. He was born Dec. 15, 1930, in Krebs, Okla.
He served his country for 23 years in the U.S. Army. He enlisted after graduating from St. John’s High School in McAlester, Okla., and worked his way from the rank E-1 to O-4. He served in Vietnam and 14 other duty stations.
He was awarded the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal with 1960 device, Vietnam Service Medal with a Silver and Bronze Service Star and Oak Leaf Cluster.
After about one day of retirement, Mr. Zavoina then worked for the city of Killeen for 26 years, retiring in 1997.
Mr. Zavoina was preceded in death by his wife of 48 years, Jean, in 1998.
Together they raised four children, David of Canton, Miss., John of Little Elm, Toni Piercy of Matthews, N.C., and Andy of Killeen.
Mr. Zavoina married Marilyn in 2005 and they began a new life together in Harker Heights. Together they have 11 children, including Linda Phillips of Dallas, Teresa Lambert of Tyler, Jo Hart of Roswell, Ga., Kathy Dyer of Bowie, Monica Lambert of Plano, and Michael of Palm Harbor, Fla., 18 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
Other survivors include two sisters, Cecilia Stambeck of Krebs and Mary Ann Kassa of Albuquerque, N.M.
Many will know Mr. Zavoina for his work at St. Joseph’s church where he has served many years as an usher at Saturday services, leading the rosary and as a eucharistic minister. Mr. Zavoina will be missed and always loved.
Memorial donations may be made to St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 2903 E. Rancier Ave., Killeen, TX 76543.
A rosary will be recited at 6 p.m. Monday, with visitation to follow at 7 p.m. at Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home in Killeen, which is in charge of arrangements.