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Dennis G. Zerance




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Dennis G. Zerance, beloved husband and father, died Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at Meritus Medical Center from complications of rheumatoid arthritis. He was 72 years old. He was preceded in death by his parents George and Anne Zerance of Steelton, PA.

He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Katherine D. Zerance; a son, Stephen Daniel Zerance of Baltimore, MD; a daughter, Lindsay Katherine Hood and son-in-law, Thomas Hood; two grandsons, Theodore and Hunter Hood all of Hagerstown; and four nephews and one niece.

Dennis was a decorated veteran of the Vietnam War. For his service and combat actions, he received a Bronze Star Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, and Vietnam Campaign Medal. He also served in the Pennsylvania National Guard.

After returning from the war he was employed by the H. B. McClure Co. and Herre Brothers, both of Harrisburg, PA. Ward-Boland Associates Inc. of Baltimore, MD, hired Dennis in the late 1980's to be the manager of their Western Maryland office, where he designed and estimated commercial HVAC systems until his retirement in 2015.

We will all miss Dennis's fun loving spirit. He loved football games at Notre Dame with family and friends, as well as trips with all his golf buddies. Dennis loved to garden, baby sit his grandsons, and walk his dogs Emma and Pippa.

Most of all, we will all miss his giant personality, warm presence in the room, and the love he felt for his family and friends.

Interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home, 1331 Eastern Blvd. North, Hagerstown, MD.

Online condolences may be expressed at

Guest Book

Katherine and family, My husband and I want to express our deep condolences at Dennis' passing. Denny and I both grew up on Cottage Hill and were friends for a very long time. My husband coached him in CYO basketball many years ago. Denny not only was always a lot of fun, but he was funny as well. I remember at our 50th class reunion laughing with him about old times. Treasure your precious memories of him. Sincerely, Pam & Bob LaVia

Pam LaVia
Steelton, Pennsylvania

Dennis was a good friend during our years as SHHS CO ‘66 classmates growing up in Steelton Pa.. My thoughts, prayers and condolences to his family and friends. RIP my friend.

Joe Kuhns
Highspire , Pa

My condolences to the family of Dennis. I graduated with Dennis and he was always fun to be around. He was a good catcher on the baseball team.

Andy Burger
Weeki Wachee, Florida

My first memory of Denny is the first time he saw Kate, and he asked, “who is the beautiful blonde?” So many great memories..,Denny sitting on the beach trying to add highlights to his hair, and his hair turned orange. Denny always kept the family get togethers rolling with his hilarious observations. No one was more loyal, particularly to his family. He will be much missed.

Norris, Tennessee

I am very saddened to hear of Dennis' passing. I had the pleasure of working with Dennis through his visits to me at Wright Gardner Insurance for several years. What a delight he was! We would get the job done but spend most of our time laughing. I will certainly miss seeing him. May you all find comfort and peace in God's loving arms.

Cindy Sowers
Smithsburg, Maryland

Barb and I were saddened to learn of the passing Dennis Zerance. We got to know Kate and Dennis through Little League. Dennis and Kate’s son Stephen and our son David played T-Ball, Minor League, and Little League together for many years. I especially got to know Dennis when I managed T-ball and minor league teams with Dennis always present as a coach. Dennis loved baseball. He was such a warm, caring, and enthusiastic person. I truly felt the friendship shared in LL carried on throughout our lives. Barb and I would see Dennis many places and it was always like we picked up where we were, always asking about the each of our children and what they were into and doing. He will be missed. Thankfully, Dennis lives on in all our memories. We give the family our hugs and prayers.

Barbara and Buck Macht
Hagerstown, Maryland

My thoughts and prayers are with your family. I know Denny through work and he could always light up the day with his smile and jokes. A pleasure knowing and working with him. Lin - Funk Electrical Services

Lin Washko
Sharpsburg, MD

We are sending our deepest condolences to the family on their loss. May God’s strength help you through this difficult time.

Ranelle Flurie
Hagerstown , Maryland

Simply put, my Uncle Denny was the best!

DeForest, Wisconsin

Dennis was always ready for a great laugh. He was enjoyed and loved by all he met. I will truly miss him. Cindi Cunningham

Cindi Cunningham
Sun Prairie, Wisconsin

It is with a sad heart that I express my deepest sympathies at the loss of my friend and coworker Denny. He will be missed. Some of the best memories & stories related to work travel I have, involved Denny and has larger than life personality. His laugh was infectious. I will always keep him in my thoughts!

Tom Pfeffer

Kate and family We are both shocked and extremely sad to hear of your loss. Dennis was very special and always entertaining. He will be greatly missed.

Lee & Sandie Ridenour
Hagerstown, Maryland

I am very sorry for your loss. I met Denny when I worked at Tyler Mechanical as a Project Manager. He provided great customer service and represented Ward Boland well. I was also fortunate to get to know him as a friend. What a fun guy to hang out with. He'll be missed.

Ron Churchey
Rockville, Maryland

Dear Kate and Family, We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Denny was a great guy and always a pleasure to be around. He was fun-loving, with a magnetic personality and always a big smile to go with it. I always enjoyed playing golf with Denny and just watching his enthusiastic nature and the way he lived life to the fullest. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, may God give you strength during this difficult time. Dave Horn and all of us here at Hopewell Sheet Metal

Dave Horn
Falling Waters, WV

Myself as well as all M.S. Johnston Company employees express our sincere condolences to the Zerance family. The obituary mentions Denny's giant personality which is so true. Everyone always enjoyed that aspect of him and he always had plenty of great stories to tell us. Everyone will miss Denny. Mike Johnston


Dear Kate, Lindsay and Stephen, We were shocked to hear of Denny's passing. I still remember him coming up the street with a basket of tomatoes and peppers from his abundant garden and forever working to keep his yard a show piece. Time will not close the hole in your hearts but we hope the years will fill the space with happy memories of your husband and father. With Love, Mike, Lisa, Cole and Max Conrad

Lisa Conrad
Hagerstown, MD

We'll miss you. You'll be telling jokes in Heaven.

Rob Heilig
Oakland, Maryland

Kate & Family - My wife and I are deeply sorry for your loss and we are praying for peace and comfort during this difficult time. The joy that Denny brought to our lives will not be forgotten. I have enjoyed Denny's friendship over the years and all of the times we've traveled together to Myrtle Beach for Golf Outings. He was a good man and a great friend. Sending you lots of love and comfort, we are so sorry for your loss. Eric & Maxine Householder

Eric Householder
Martinsburg, WV

Please accept my sincerest sympathy on the passing of your husband, father and grandfather. Dennis and I grew up in the same neighborhood in Steelton. He was such a nice boy. Back in the 1990's I was bringing my son to baseball practice at Federal Little League. A tall man approached me and said my name. I couldn't believe that it was Dennis and that he recognized me. The nice boy grew up to be a nice, friendly man.


So sorry to see this. I always enjoyed seeing Denny when he visited us at Funk Electric back in the day. Just a larger than life presence and always fun to be around. My condolences to the family as I’m sure this is a tremendous loss. Gone too soon.

Sue Wright
Hagerstown , Maryland

Lindsay & Family, I am so very sorry for the passing of your Dad. He was such a good man. Hoping good memories will help you through. My love and sympathy. Jan Love Wehrle

Jan Love Wehrle
Hagerstown , MD

Denny was one of the best salesmen I have ever dealt with and a great human being! I will always remember the trips to the Orioles games and the great times.

Rick Bodine
Hagerstown, Maryland

Denny was one of the best salesmen I have ever dealt with and a great human being! I will always remember the trips to the Orioles games and the great times.

Rock Bodine
Hagerstown, Maryland

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