WEST NYACK, N.Y. – Erich Georg Hans Zyla, of West Nyack, died May 26 of cancer. He was 80.
Zyla was born April 26, 1936, in Liegnitz, Germany, to Georg and Ottilia Zyla, surviving Nazi Germany with his mother and brother Winfried after his father's death.
After the war, his family moved to East Germany and was sponsored to come to America in February 1957 after escaping the country. He became an American citizen in 1966.
Zyla worked as a bricklayer, mason, and tile setter on many buildings as a longtime member of Bricklayers Union Local 34 and International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Local 1.
He was predeceased by his parents; and brother.
He is survived by his wife Mildred ("Millie"); three sons, Eric, Roy, and Gary; two daughters-in-law, Colleen and Sarah; and six grandchildren.
Visiting hours will be from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday and 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Wednesday at Joseph W. Sorce Funeral Home.
A Mass of Christian burial will be conducted at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Anthony's Church, 36 W. Nyack Road, Nanuet.
Interment will follow at St. Anthony's Cemetery.
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