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Joseph Aloysius Zang

July 29, 1941 ~ May 17, 2023 (age 81) 81 Years Old



Joseph Aloysius Zang, 81, of Burlington, NC passed away at his residence on Wednesday, May 17, 2023 after a short battle with lung cancer.

A native of Columbus, OH, he was the husband of Karen A. Zang, who survives, and the son of Joseph Aloysius Zang, Sr. and Mary Middlekauf Zang, both deceased. He was a former employee of Labcorp and a member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church.

In addition to his wife, survivors include his children, John and Shelly Zang of Pickerington, OH, Molly and Phillip McCarthy of Washington, DC, Doug and Amy Zang of Alexandria, VA, Julie and Chuck Sellars of Burlington, NC, Joe and Lisa Zang of Burlington, NC, Jill and Chris Glenn of Burlington, NC, Joy Zang of Washington, DC, Jenny Zang and Thomas Teapole of Burlington, NC, Jerry and Kelly Zang of Indian Land, SC, and James Zang of Charlotte, NC; grandkids, Jonathon Zang of Pickerington, OH, Jordan and Christian Alvarez of Pickerington, OH, Jarrod Zang of Pickerington, OH, Jack and Dory Zang of Pickerington, OH, Judy Zang of Pickerington, OH, Josie Zang of Pickerington, OH, Jamie Zang of Pickerington, OH, Jay Zang of Pickerington, OH, Joe Zang of Pickerington, OH, Phillip McCarthy, II of Washington, DC, Maggy McCarthy of Washington, DC, Mary Clare McCarthy of Washington, DC, Mercy McCarthy of Washington, DC, Rosie McCarthy of Washington, DC, Gabrielle Zang of Washington, DC, Sammy J. Zang of Washington, DC, Bacall Sellars of Burlington, NC, Joseph Zang of Burlington, and Michael Zang of Burlington, Mae Glenn of Charlotte, NC, Thomas Glenn of Burlington, NC, Christopher Glenn of Burlington, River Monroe Zang, Indian Land, SC; sisters Mary Jane and Bob Fitzsimons of Greensboro, NC and Dorothy Thomas of Baltimore, MD.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Jerry Zang, his daughter Judith Zang and two grandchildren, Jacob Zang and Burke Sellars.

Joe was born July 29, 1941. After high school, Joe became a computer programmer. Early in his career Joe began working for Labcorp (formally Roche Biomedical) and eventually became a Vice President of the IT department.  He retired from Labcorp at the age of 62 after over 35 years of service.

During his 61 years of marriage to Karen, Joe moved his family from the East Side of Columbus OH to the North Side, then finally to Burlington NC. Joe has enjoyed supporting his 10 children, his 25 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.  Joe stayed active by going to youth sporting events, as well as chorus and band concerts.  As a lifelong Catholic, he enjoyed supporting Blessed Sacrament Church and Blessed Sacrament School. During his retirement, Joe enjoyed and explored Burlington with daily bike rides and walks.

Joe Zang was a company man, but his family always came first.  He had a comedic streak that you only saw if you knew him well.  One of his last gifts to his family was a wry smile at some joke or memory that was shared.

Visitation begins at 10 am followed by a memorial service conducted at the Rich & Thompson Chapel in Burlington on Friday May 19, 2023 at 11:30 a.m. A link to view the service will be provided by Rich & Thompson.

The family thanks Authoracare Collective for providing wonderful hospice care and a special thank you to Cathy Edwards for giving Joe loving homecare.

In lieu of flowers please make donations to the Authoracare Collective, Burlington Office.


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May 19, 2023

10:00 AM to 11:15 AM
Rich and Thompson Funeral and Cremation Service, Burlington
306 Glenwood Ave.
Burlington, NC 27215

Funeral Service
May 19, 2023

11:30 AM
Rich and Thompson Chapel
306 Glenwood Ave.
Burlington, NC 27215


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