Zachary Albert Verdoliva, 27

OSWEGO, NY – Zachary Albert Verdoliva, 27, of Oswego, died
unexpectedly at home on Tuesday July 2, 2019, due to an accidental
drug overdose.

Zachary Albert Verdoliva

Zachary was born on March 5, 1992, in Oswego to Amy (Scott) Ponzi Pelow of Oswego and Ronald (Terri Penfield) Verdoliva Jr., of Tennesse.

He had remained a resident of Oswego for most of his life.

Zachary was a Trinity Catholic School alumnus.

He also attended Monroe Community College for two semesters.

During his childhood, Zachary enjoyed playing on the local soccer and travel soccer teams for several years.

As an adult, Zachary was past employed with Novelis and also worked with his father as a laborer at CCC group, Tennessee.

Much to the disdain of his family,
Zachary was always proud of his beard growing ability.

However, his proudest moment was becoming a father to his son, Connor Verdoliva, of Endwell, NY.

Zachary is also survived by his siblings, Isabella Pelow, of Oswego and Jordan Verdoliva of Tennessee; step-siblings Ashley Rhoades of North Carolina, Eric Pelow of Oswego, Mitchell Pelow of Oswego and Lindsay Gardner of North Carolina; maternal grandparents:
Linda and Ronald Shurr of Oswego; paternal grandmother: Donna Verdoliva of Oswego; maternal great-grandma, Jacqueline Ponzi of Oswego; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews
and cousins.

He was predeceased by his paternal grandfather, Ronald Verdoliva Sr.; and maternal grandfather, Albert “Butch” Ponzi.

Funeral service and calling hours were held privately at the Sugar and Scanlon Funeral Home, 147 W. Fourth St., Oswego.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Connor Verdoliva’s Education Fund.


  1. I knew Zack for most of my life and he had a kind heart and soul. He cared so deeply for his son and as a father myself it truly saddens me his son will grow up without his father being there for him. The worst things happen to the best of us; this is becoming clearer to me every time I hear of situations like this happening. Zackary Verdoliva you will be truly missed. You are in a better place now and my condolences go out to your family. I will cherish the time we had together and for the rest of my life I will never forget you.

  2. I spoke to Zack about 3 weeks before he passed. We spoke of his plan of execution to get clean and stay clean. This is a tragedy in the purest sense of the word. I’m sorry Zack. God bless your family.

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