Brett Zamrzla 3/21/1983 – 1/22/2008


In January, my younger brother and only sibling, Brett, died in a single car accident. He was an amazing person and an extremely talented musician. He is missed so, so much.

“HAYS — Brett Anthony Zamrzla, age 24 of Hays, died Tuesday, January 22, 2008, the result of an automobile accident. He was born March 21, 1983, in Salina, Kansas the son of Bruce Anthony and Jeanette M. (Gustafson) Zamrzla.

Brett was a 2002 graduate of Chapman High School and attended school in Sylvan Grove through his sophomore year. He attended Fort Hays State University, where he was involved in many music activities. His love of music led him to be a part of music activities in the Hays, Ellis County and Dickinson County communities. Brett was a member of regional and local bands and he gave percussion music lessons. He was also a personal assistant for DSNWK in Victoria.

He is survived by his mother, Jeanette M. Zamrzla, of Hays; a sister, Erin L. Zamrzla and husband Ben Schlitter of Santa Monica, Calif.; grandparents, James and Eleanor (Clark) Gustafson of Smolan, Kan.; one uncle, Larry Zamrzla and wife Shirley of Salina; and two aunts, Virginia Clapp of Hays and Rhonda Toal of Hillsboro, Kan.

He was preceded in death by his father, Bruce A. Zamrzla; paternal grandparents, Anthony and Edith Zamrzla; and one uncle, Gene Clapp.

Memorial services will be 10 a.m. Friday, January 25, 2008, at the Covenant Church, 102 S. Washington in Lindsborg. Inurnment will follow the services at the Rose Hill Cemetery, rural Lindsborg.

The family will be present to greet friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at Brock’s North Hill Chapel, 2509 Vine, Hays.

Brett’s family respectfully requests that you honor him by “paying it forward.” Please consider who might best receive the gift you have to give — flower, food, service, music, money, art … — and give it in loving memory of Brett. If you’d like to let us know what you’ve done, please send us a note (205 E 25th Terrace, Hays, KS 67601). May the peace of Christ be with you”

4 Responses to “Brett Zamrzla 3/21/1983 – 1/22/2008”

  1. Amanda Says:

    I don’t really know you, I’m a fan of your blog/work. And this is just so sad, my thoughts are going out to you and your family… I’ve been thinking of you all day.

    Take care of yourself.

  2. Linda Says:

    We wish we could have known your brother better. I’m sure he and Rob would have had many good conversations about music. Because you are such a wonderful person and friend – he must have been someone very special. We love you and pray for you often.
    The Beckley’s

  3. Fernando & Bree Says:

    We were both so saddened to hear about Brett’s passing. I know there’s not too many words that can offer comfort at a time like this, but please know we, along with many others, are thinking about you and your family and offering up prayers.
    Fernando & Bree

  4. Terry Fuller Says:

    Erin and Jeanette,

    I stumbled across this today while looking for something else… it brings me joy to know he found/had something in his life to be passionate about (music). I think the world would be a better place if we could all say that. It also brought me tremendous sadness to read that his time to give to that passion was cut short.

    I have a memory of Brett- still in diapers- during the summer I spent much of my work time in Sylvan Grove. I even have a memory of changing his diapers at the Dairy Queen in Ellsworth once. How very different to see the photo posted at the top of this page.

    My sincere condolences on your loss, and a very deep hope that this finds the two of you otherwise doing well and being blessed in so many other ways.

    Take care and God bless

    Terry Fuller

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