James L. Zalnasky

August 21, 1968 - February 13, 2022

Visitation: Saturday, March 12, 2022, 1-3 pm; Devlin Funeral Home of Cranberry

James L. Zalnasky

Age 53, of Ashburn Va, formerly of Cecil then Conneaut Lake, PA, passed away on February 13, 2022. Born August 21, 1968, son of the late Alvin Zalnasky, and Kathleen (Kirk) Zalnasky Martin. Jim is survived by his daughters, Alexa, and Bryn; brother Timothy Zalnasky (Kathleen); sister, Kara Challingsworth (Tim); step-father, James Martin; former wife, Melanie. He is also the uncle of Dmitri, Darius, & Anna Zalnasky, and Nick, Luke, and Jake Challingsworth.

Jim, always known as “Jimmy Z” to his closest friends, was an incredibly proud dad and loved his girls immensely. He was very involved in his girls’ youth soccer teams acting as a coach and volunteer for many years and became a true student of the game to help Alexa and Bryn excel. He enjoyed traveling with them to various spots including NYC and the Bahamas. He was an avid sports enthusiast especially following the Universities of Dayton and Pittsburgh sports and the Steelers, Penguins and Pirates….(Okay not so much the Pirates). He loved to debate anyone on almost any topic especially sports and politics.

Jim was a 1986 graduate of Meadville High School and obtained a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Dayton. He had a very successful sales career in the Telecom and IT industries. Most recently, Jim founded and was acting CEO of ABZ Performance in Ashburn, VA.

Jim’s love for life was apparent to anyone who knew him. He was a smart, funny, charismatic, strong-willed, loving man. Undoubtedly, he left a mark on anyone that knew him. He will be greatly missed.

Family and friends are welcome on Saturday, March 12, 2022 from 1-3 pm at Devlin Funeral Home of Cranberry, 2678 Rochester Road, Cranberry Twp. A Celebration of Life will be held on May 21, 2022 at The All American Steakhouse, 43145 Broadlands Center Plaza, Ashburn, VA.

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  • Don and Diana Bozick

    Zalnasky Families,,
    Such an unfortunate end of life for such a vibrant person. May God be with all of you in your times of need. Our sincere sympathies and Blessings. Don and Diana Bozick

  • Kurt Ostdiek

    Jimmy Z, baby. I lived with Jimmy in college, and unfortunately lost touch over the years. But I’ll always remember, and treasure, his crazy laugh, our long discussions, and, most especially, our early-morning trips to Steak & Egg.
    My heartfelt condolences to the entire Zalnasky clan, especially Alexa and Bryn.
    Rest in peace, my friend.

  • Mike Strager

    Tim and Kara, so sorry to hear about Jimmy. He was so much fun to grow up with at the lake. From our numerous games of dock tag, waterskiing, volleyball, Virgils, and then the summer when he stayed at my house during the week when my parents were in Pittsburgh! So many great memories. Peace to him and the family.

  • Lorry Cowan

    Dear Kara and family,
    You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Jim Dunne

    Rest in peace my friend. I was blessed to live with Jimmy for 3 years in college. Didn’t keep up with him through the years, but I know that the time we shared and the bond of friendship we built still stands today.

    May God’s loving hands be upon him and all who loved Jim

  • Lisa Cremonese

    I would like to extend my condolences to the Zalnasky family.

  • Shawn Watters

    I met Jimmy Z a few times through my husband, Matt Watters, UD, at various weddings and such. He was so full of life, quick witted, authentic, and made everyone feel important and laugh. My sincere condolences over this significant loss. He was one fantastic guy that was a great friend to all….I’ve heard the stories…he made a great impact on others.


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