Zins, Frank Thomas, "Sonny", a long-time resident of Redondo Beach, passed away on Friday, May 27, 2011 in Torrance. Born in Los Angeles, CA, Frank was 76 when he died. Frank was a member of St. Lawrence Martyr Church of Redondo Beach. Frank attended Mount Carmel High School Los Angeles class of 1953 then St. John's Seminary in Camarillo. Frank was an area manager in San Diego for Pan AM Airlines for 20 years and worked for McCormick Mortuary for the past 25 years. Frank is survived by his sister, Barbara Gulick of Redondo Beach, CA; brother, Jerry (Ilene) Zins of Camarillo, CA; sister-in-law, June Zins of Sacramento, CA; and many adored nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, George Zins and Mary McCarthy; sister Jackie Schunk, sister Patricia Zins and brother George Zins. The Memorial Service will be held at St. Lawrence Martyr Catholic Church in Redondo Beach on Friday June 3, 2011 at 10am followed by a Reception in the Church Hall. Private burial will take place at Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City. In Lieu of flowers please make a donation to your favorite charity in Frank's honor.

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  1. My prayers go out to Frank’s family. I worked with Frank just a couple of years at the mortuary. He was such a nice man, very funny and always willing to help. God Bless you Frank.

  2. Dear Family of Frank, I was very sorry to hear about Frank. Know that you are all in my prayers. Frank will be missed by all the Sisters of St. Joseph. He was always so attentive to the sisters at their death and fiunal resting place. My Love and Prayers, Sister Stephen Elizabeth CSJ

  3. Frank was one of my favorite people. He was Altar Server at St. Mary’s Academy on Slauson for our whole Novitiate. I think many of us Novices were “in love” with him but he was a Seminarian and not available. Now that I see we were exactly the same age I know why there was an attraction. He is with God and his sister, Sr. Pat Zinns C.S.J., and other family members. RIP, Dear Frank.

  4. Frank was dear to our sisters, the Sisters of St. Joseph. He was present at our funerals for many years. I personally loved to chat with him when he would come to Carondelet Center. Be assured that he will be remembered in our prayers and may you, his family feel supported by us as you grieve his loss. Blessings, Sister Joyce Gaspardo

  5. My memories of Frank go back to his days of serving mass at St. John’s and at St. Mary’s Acad. What a great person and dearly by all of our Sisters. I am truly sorry for your loss and pray God’s blessing on each of you as he is now enjoying the joys of family reunion with our God, whom he served so well. With love and sympathy, Sister Michael Flaherty

  6. Frank has been a part of our community life since we entered in 1950, as an altar boy at SMA, and even now as he assisted us in bringing our dear Sisters to their burials. He was so loved by his family, especially his Sister Pat. I know he will be missed very much in his ministry as well. May he enjoy his eternal life!

  7. Dear Barbara, Jerry and all the Zins family, I am so sorry to hear of Sonny’s death, but also happy for him as he is re-united with his parents and other family members. Sonny belonged to all of us; especially to his sister Sister Pat Zins’ 1947 Reception. My love and prayers to all of you. PAX…Sister Pat Haire, CSJ

  8. I have fond childhood and recent memories with my Uncle Sonny including holidays, everyday get togethers and museum trips…I was so lucky to have him as a part of my life. Thank you for all the great laughs…you will always be loved and remembered. Lastly, Sonny please say hello to all of our families other angels in heaven, especially my Nana (Jackie Schunk) and Papa (Les Schunk).

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