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Oxygen Tank Won’t Stop ‘Uncle Pete’ From Aiding the Poorest

by | Jul 14, 2011 | Vincentian Family

“Uncle” Pete Zonsius is still carrying out the charitable work he’s done for 40 years–despite the fact he’s 89 years old, got out of the hospital two weeks ago for respiratory trouble, and is carrying around an oxygen tank.

That won’t stop him from soliciting donations from Niles residents and hand-delivering them to souls in desperate circumstances on Chicago’s West Side.

“I’ve got work to do yet,” said Uncle Pete on Monday, visiting with relatives and friends at St. Juliana parish, near the Chicago-Niles border, where he often attends Mass.

Uncle Pete motioned to his portable oxygen tank, explaining, “They gave me a little Uncle Pete Junior and I’m still going.”

The soft-hearted man said he was inspired to do good works after seeing suffering while in the Army, watching his father help the poor as a member of the St. Vincent DePaul Society

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