Joseph Zajac, CPA, active in church

August 09, 1994|By Elaine Tassy | Elaine Tassy,Sun Staff Writer

Joseph J. Zajac, a self-employed certified public accountant who was active in church affairs, died Friday of prostate cancer at his Towson home. He was 79.

Much of his accounting work was for several labor unions and for nonprofit organizations, according to his daughter, Joan Silex, who added that he was the first president of the Central Maryland Chapter of the Maryland CPA Association.

In his spare time, Mr. Zajac was a ballroom dancing enthusiast who valued his family and enjoyed travel, according to Vera Duncan, his close friend of nine years. She said they often went ballroom dancing.

"He loved to go and be with the family," she said. "He had a good personality. He liked to go and enjoy life," said Ms. Duncan, a Baltimore resident, who noted that he traveled on cruises with friends to New Zealand and Australia.

Born in Philadelphia, Mr. Zajac moved to Baltimore with his family as a teen-ager. While attending City College, he helped support his family by delivering telegrams. He earned an accounting degree at the old Baltimore College of Commerce.

For about 20 years, he worked as an accountant for Crosse & Blackwell Co. He started his own accounting firm out of his home in the early 1960s and still had one client at the time of his death.

He was an active member and served several terms as treasurer of Grace Lutheran Church, at 5205 Harford Road, where services are being held at 10 a.m. today. He also assisted the Maryland-Delaware Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in its budgeting process, and had been a trustee of the Augsburg Lutheran Home.

Mr. Zajac was married to the former Mary Ella Rhea in 1937. She died in 1984.

Surviving, in addition to his daughter, a nursery school director from Towson, are two sons, Greg Zajac, 41, a Lutheran pastor in Webster, N.Y., and Wayne Zajac, 53, a Labor Department economist who lives in Columbia; a brother, Felix Zajac, of Parkville; four grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

The family suggested donations to Grace Lutheran Church.

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