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Robert H. Zentz

Thursday, October 11, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

Fellowship Community president/CEO

Robert H. Zentz, 81, president/CEO of Fellowship Community, died Oct. 9, 2018.

Born in Orchard Park, N.Y., he was the son of the late Henry and Emma (Giess) Zentz.

He was the husband of Marilynn (Wolf) Zentz. They were married for 62 years.

A devout Christian, he wants everyone to know he is rejoicing with Jesus and will reunite with his friends and family again some day.

He graduated from Orchard Park High School and earned a BSN from the University of Buffalo, New York, and an MSA from the University of Notre Dame in Indiana. He graduated from the Edward J. Meyer Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in New York. He was a licensed RN and achieved an NHA certification, for which he continued his education annually.

He held the position of president/CEO of Fellowship Community, Whitehall, for more than 22 years. Before joining Fellowship, he enjoyed one day of retirement after serving 25 years as vice president of nursing with Sacred Heart Hospital.

He held many management positions with various hospitals throughout New York.

An active member of the community, he provided his expertise on the boards of many organizations. He served as vice chair of St. Luke’s Sacred Heart Board of Trustees, a member of the Whitehall Township Planning Commission, chairman of the board of Bright Hope Pregnancy Support Centers, board of trustees of the Whitehall Area Community Foundation, board of directors and past president of the Whitehall Area Chamber of Commerce, board of directors of Cetronia Ambulance Corps and elder with Fellowship Community Bible Fellowship Church.

He established the Presidential Scholarship Fund at Fellowship Community to help advance the education of employees.

Under his direction, Fellowship Community provided more than $3.5 million in charitable care last year.

He received the Healthcare Heroes Lifetime Achievement Award from Lehigh Valley Business, the Distinguished Citizen Award from the Minsi Trails Council of the Boy Scouts of America and the Legacy Award from Bright Hope Pregnancy Support Centers. Lehigh Valley Style named him a Stellar Senior in 2016. This year, he received the Top Leadership Award for Medium-Sized Businesses by The Morning Call Top Work Places based on surveys of his employees.

He was an inspirational leader, insightful mentor and compassionate friend who was dearly loved by his family, friends and the staff and residents of Fellowship Community.

He is survived by his wife; seven children — Michael and his wife, Cindy of Pittsburgh; Audrey and her husband William Fernald of Allentown; Susan and her husband Brian Graveno of Whitehall; Charles of Emmaus; Joanne and her husband Charles Farley of Palmerton; Jeffrey of Slatington; and Jennifer Fried and fiance, Joshua Fizz, of Emmaus — and 15 grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Fellowship Community Annual Fund to provide benevolent care for residents or to the Robert H. Zentz Presidential Scholarship Fund to advance the education of Fellowship employees. Both may be mailed to 3000 Fellowship Drive, Whitehall, 18052.

Services will be held 10 a.m. Oct. 13 in the Zentz Center of Fellowship Community, 3020 Fellowship Drive, Whitehall. Visitation with his family will be 6-9 p.m. Oct. 12 and 8-9:45 a.m. Oct. 13, both in the Zentz Center.

Arrangements are being handled by Gilbert Funeral Home, Whitehall.