Laura Joanne Zeccardi, 28, of Minneapolis, died peacefully Sunday Feb. 24, 2013, at the University of Minnesota Medical Center in Fairview.

Laura Joanne Zeccardi, was born to parents, Alan V., and Linda J.

Zeccardi in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., on Jan. 5, 1985. She moved to Chatfield in

1988, attended Chatfield Public Schools, and graduated from Chatfield High

School in 2003. She graduated from Macalester College in 2007 and New York

University in 2009. She worked at the Minnesota Historical Society as a

Program Specialist for the History Day Program.

A Remembrance and Honoring of Laura's life was held Sunday March 3, at

Chatfield Lutheran Church.

She loved her family, her friends, her education, her work, and she

loved exploring, teaching, and preserving moments in history. She was an

originator and a caretaker. She loved cultivating plants and raising animals

while absorbing, engaging, and capturing the seasons she treasured at her

homes. She loved to be in the kitchen. She loved to knit endless skeins of

yarn for her and others to sense the enthusiasm, kindness, and warmth of

something made with her mind, her hands, and her love. Her personality, her

thoughts, her ideas, and her beliefs were contagious and everyone who was

lucky enough to be a part of her life was forever influenced by her

compassion and willingness to listen and advocate.

Her voice, her knowledge, her smile, her sense of humor, her passion,

her creativity, her persistence, and her desire are a small handful of her

characteristics that will be missed. Knowing she was an honor and a

privilege that is unable to be expressed in words. She was, and will

continue to be, encompassed with love.

She is survived by her parents, of Chatfield; her brothers, Philip, of

Rochester, and Daniel, of Chatfield; paternal grandmother, Janet Friest, of

Nanuet, N.Y.; uncles and aunts, Donald and Victoria DePaolo, of Wallingford,

Conn., and Edward and Cecile Zeccardi, of Nanuet, N.Y.; and uncle, Americo

Zeccardi Jr., of New York City. Her soul mate, Andrew Marzoni, of

Minneapolis, survives also. Cousins, Lisa Tyler, Matthew DePaolo, and

Edward, Joseph, and Deborah Zeccardi also survive her.

She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Charles and Eleanor

DePaolo; her paternal grandfather, Americo Zeccardi; and uncle, Robert


Online condolences, can be left at

Memorials are preferred to The Laura Zeccardi Memorial Fund at the

Minnesota Historical Society.

Riley Funeral Home in Chatfield assisted the family with arrangements.