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Thompson Zisk Laid to Rest in St. Casimir's Non-Denominational Cemetery

Mayor Zisk buried with full honors including governor, a 21-gun salute and fireworks.

By Jonathan Heywood | March 15, 1998

March 1998 marked the end of an era in Question Mark, Ohio, with the passing of Thompson Zisk, an outsized entrepreneur and recent mayor. His funeral, held at St. Casimir's Non-Denominational Cemetery, was a solemn and grand affair, attended by numerous dignitaries, including the Governor of Ohio, George Voinovich.

Governor Voinovich, who made a special appearance to pay his respects, commented, "It appears to me that Thompson Zisk was more than just a successful businessman; he was a pillar of the Question Mark community, and his contributions to our state will one day be seen as invaluable. I am sure that he will be deeply missed."

Central to the mourners was Elizabeth Zisk, Thompson's widow, a picture of solemn dignity. She was dressed entirely in black, with a large veil covering her ample head of hair. She held a single candle.

The ceremony included a 21-gun salute, honoring Mr. Zisk's service and dedication to the community, which frightened off a number of birds. As dusk fell, the sky over St. Casimir's was lit up with a spectacular display of fireworks, a fitting tribute to a man who brought so much light to the lives of those in Question Mark, though some local citizens were quick to register their annoyance. “Some say he was a crook,” Jock Reynolds, president of the Question Mark historical society said. “But who among us can say they really know anybody?”

Thompson Zisk's legacy continues to live on in the town he so dearly loved, and his burial was a testament to the impact he had on the community and the state of Ohio. His memory remains etched in the hearts of those who truly knew him.

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