ELLWOOD CITY, Pa. -- Borough, state and national flags in front of the municipal building were to remain at half-staff through today for former Ellwood City Mayor Frank Zona, who died unexpectedly early Monday in St. Petersburg, Fla., where his family was vacationing.
A funeral was scheduled for 11 a.m. today in First Baptist Church here.
Zona, 58, of 506 Penn Ave., served as mayor from 1982 to 1994 and again from 1998 to earlier this year. He also served on borough council from 1980 to 1982. He was a past president and lifetime member of the Lawrence County Boroughs Association.
Born in Beaver Falls, Pa., on June 22, 1944, Zona moved to Ellwood City in 1962 and worked as a patrolman for the Ellwood City Police Department from 1967 to 1976. He later worked as a plant protection officer at the Babcock & amp; Wilcox Beaver Falls plant.
From 1988 to the time of his death, he worked as an investigator for the Pennsylvania Auditor General's department. He also worked as an assistant manager at Barry's Amoco Service Station in Ellwood City.
He belonged to and was affiliated with numerous organizations and attended the First Baptist Church.
He was in the Air Force, where he was an air policeman, and served in Vietnam from 1965 to 1966.