August 26, 1942 ~ August 7, 2022

John E Zipfel was a devoted son, husband, father, grandfather and friend. He passed peacefully with his family surrounding him with love. He will be missed dearly by his loving wife Francine, children John, Valerie, Denise and Michelle, His daughter in law Marie, son in laws Bill and Bryan, and grandchildren William III, Andrew, Kaitlyn, Emma, Charlotte, Sophia and Jack. 


If John was your friend you were his friend for life and if you were his friend then you were lucky. 


Visitation: August 10, 2022 2:00 - 5:00 pm

Branch Funeral Home Smithtown
190 E. Main St.

Visitation: August 10, 2022 7:00 - 9:00 pm

Branch Funeral Home Smithtown
190 E. Main St.

Mass: August 11, 2022 10:00 am

Christ The King R.C. Church
2 Indian Head Road

Interment: August 11, 2022 12:00 pm

Holy Rood Cemetery
Old Country Road

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The family greatly appreciates donations made to these charities in John E. Zipfel 's name.

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  1. candleThe memories of which our families made are truly unique & beautiful. I couldn’t even list them all. When Scotch Mist & Cupie 3 crossed hells gate & everything was flying all over, especially Scotch Mist AC poor Francine was holding on it for dear life. Our gsons Anthony & Niccolo were extremely worried about her. What a story we had. I have no room for it all. So Francine will have to supply that ending. We had so many found memories over 30 years of boating, family & scared friendship. You are All In our thoughts & prayers. John was a great man & my kids loved him. Still do. Love from Cupie 3

  2. candleFrank and I will always have such fond memories of John, going back to the Power Squadron days, and all of the great times we had on K dock..I remember one of our first parties down on K dock, John gave Frank the job of hanging garbage bags up on the poles of the dock. John got a big kick out of Frank’s job, as he didn’t take into consideration of the tide and none could teach them around party time!!! He was such a great guy and we will miss him dearly, but will have wonderful memories of all the good times we’ve had together. Our love to Francine and his wonderful family.
    Anne Marie & Frank

  3. Mr Zipfel was the dad who lived across the street when I was a child . I didn’t get to know him until I moved back with my own family as an adult . He was gentle and kind and always jumped in to lend a helping hand. John and I will miss him. Rest In Peace , dear Mr. Zipfel

  4. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. We will always cherish all our wonderful memories with John and his amazing family. Sending love and hugs to you all.

  5. Grandpa, I will forever miss you, the best smile, the best hugs and my best friend. I will love you forever and always and keep our memories so close to my heart

  6. I love you I always have. Thank you for loving me like your own. I will never forget how you helped me to grow and to know right from
    Wrong. Please watch over us all. We need you. You are the very best. Have a scotch for me.

  7. candleMr Z
    I have so much respect and admiration for you. Watching you and Mrs Z was always an inspiration to how I wanted my future life to be. I always cherished how hard you worked and how much you love your family. I’ll never forget waking up after a sleepover and Michelle and I found you rinsing out the cooler NOOOOOO bittersweet memories. Our conversations will be missed..

  8. John was a unique and talented member of the Old Field Point Power Squadron. In his 51 years of service to the squadron, he filled every position in the squadron from Commander to instructor. John attended every meeting that we held and was always willing to support anybody that needed help. He always had a good word for everybody he met. The entire squadron will miss you John.

  9. candleWe will always remember your kindness towards all of us. We love you and will greatly miss you as will our beautiful grandchildren. . We will always be grateful that you were a part of our lives.

  10. candleFrom the first time I met John he made me feel like family. Whether it was his anniversary party where I learned a new song ( one of his favorites ) or when he would come to visit South Florida on an annual basis and we would all meet up. Anyone who was lucky enough to know you truly was blessed. He will be missed by so many. Love to Francine and the rest of the family. He truly was a gem!!!!

  11. Richard & Virginia McLaughlin
    Sending our sympathy along with love and hugs to Francine and family.
    John will be missed by all of us who had the pleasure to know him .
    Truly, a really good man.

  12. John made so many good memories for Gale and I and as a best friend to me. Especially from times with the power squadron, Mt. Sinai Yacht Club and two separate week cruises on the Erie canal on a rented canal boat. What good times we had with John and Francine. He will be missed. But so many good memories will never be lost. He made life so much of a joy for all.

  13. candleI am filled with gratitude for my time spent with Mr. Zip. I will never forget his warm smile and how he always went out of his way to make me feel like family. He taught me one of my most favorite songs…Piss on ya, piss on ya, piss on ya (you know the rest). Rest in peace. Love you, Mr. Zip!

  14. I met John and Francine over 40 years ago while boating on K Dock at Mt. Sinai Harbor. We grew to be friends and our families spent many summers on the water together creating many unforgettable and wonderful memories. John always had a friendly smile on his face and was always there to lend a helping hand. When Ted came into my life, John warmly welcomed him with open arms. Living out of state, we always tried to visit when we were intown and we were always welcomed with John’s warm and gracious manner. Rest in peace Friend. We will miss you.

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