Diocesan employee, known for ready smile, dies
Bud Zastrow had a cheery wave for all
By Patricia Kasten
Compass Associate Editor
Anyone who has stopped by the diocesan office complex in the last
19 years will probably remember the smiling wave of the
ruddy-complexioned man riding the lawn mower or shoveling snow.
"Bud's main trademark was his wave," said Jim Hogan. "He had a
wave and a smile for everybody."
Ervin "Bud" Zastrow, 62, diocesan assistant building and grounds
superintendent, died unexpectedly Aug. 5.
"On Sunday, we lost a good friend, a dedicated worker and a fine
human being," said Bp. Robert Banks. "He gave us all he could do
Zastrow's special forte were the grounds, along with Bosco Hall
(which also houses United Way of Brown County) and Bp. Banks'
house and yard.
Before joining the diocesan staff, Zastrow was a homebuilder.
During Zastrow's years at the diocese, his sons, Boyd and Troy,
also worked stints in diocesan maintenance alongside their
father. Zastrow's sister, Marie Van Deurzen, is also employed by
the diocese, as Bp. Banks' cook.
"Bud always had 'a good day'," said Jim Bishop, building and
grounds superintendent. "Whatever you wanted, he'd help you out.
He told me he wanted to work here four or five more years, past
normal retirement age."
Al Hanold, who retired as building and grounds superintendent
this spring, said, "Bud was a very conscientious, self-motivated
and dedicated worker who liked by all the people he worked for
and with. Bud had a very pleasant personality and was a great
asset to the diocese. He will be missed by all of us."
"Bud was one of the nicest people I ever met," said Hogan,
diocesan personnel director. "In all the conversations I ever had
with him, I never heard him say a bad thing about anybody."
Zastrow is survived by his wife, Mary Ann, his sons Boyd (Darcie)
and Troy, a daughter, Vicky (Jason) Van Den Heuvel, two
grandchildren, Logan and McKayla Zastrow, three sisters - Marie
(Bob) Van Deurzen, Janet (Jim) Duggan, and Audrey (Larry) Zastrow
- other relatives and many friends. He was preceded in death by a
sister, Elsie Mae Zastrow, and his parents, Ervin and Agnes.
(Agnes Zastrow died Aug. 1, 2001).
Zastrow was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in De Pere.
The funeral liturgy was held there, Aug. 9, with Fr.
Conrad Kratz, O.Praem, pastor, as celebrant and Bp. Banks
offering the final commendation. Burial was in Mount
On Aug. 6, the diocese lowered its flags, both at Bona Hall and
the diocesan shrine in Robinsonville, in Zastrow's honor.