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In Memory of Uncle Pete

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Peter Zonsius, 90, known by many as "Uncle Pete," died Thursday night of complications from pulmonary fibrosis. 

Zonsius' generosity was featured in the Chicago Tribune on Dec. 25, 2010. Leading up to Christmas, he had diligently collected toys, coats and the names of children who should receive them.

At the time, he agreed to share his story only on terms of partial anonymity, and only because he hoped his story would inspire other people to give beyond Christmas.

"You look at your hands and say 'What can I do with my hands?' Oh, what these hands can do for you. You'll be amazed," he said. "They help you do the work of God."

To read the full article, please click here.

The Niles Herald-Spectator featured Uncle Pete's inspirational story in the article titled, "Niles philanthropist 'Uncle Pete' remembered for always remembering others."  To read the article, please click here.

Uncle Pete truly embodies the concept of “lifting as you climb,” as he uses every opportunity he encounters, as a resource he can share with the community.  Thanks Uncle Pete, for your years of unwavering service, warm smiles, and comforting hugs.

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