Mr. Carl J. Zenkert

Mr. Carl J. Zenkert


Let us remember with thanksgiving the life and ministry of Carl J. Zenkert, who died on January 29, 2017 surrounded by his loving family.

Carl had a long career in youth ministry, serving over 25 years as director of United Methodist camps, including Camp Epworth and Quinipet Camp & Retreat Center of the New York Annual Conference, and Manidokan Camp & Retreat Center of the Baltimore-Washington Conference. Carl was well regarded in the United Methodist camping community for his service to youth, shaping the spiritual lives of many. In retirement, Carl enjoyed staying close to home, gardening and most of all spending time with his beloved family and his adoring grandchildren.

Carl led his life by example, in service to God, sharing peace and love. He was a great mentor, teacher, friend, dad and grandfather. He lived his life selflessly, sharing gifts with no strings attached as everyone was regarded as a member of his family.

Rev. Martha Vink, a member of the New York Conference currently appointed to the United Methodist Church in Vestal, NY, remembers Carl with love. Martha was a counselor in training at Camp Quinipet in 1977 and worked under his leadership for 10 years. Martha said “Carl was my first boss.”  His daughters asked Martha to officiate his funeral.

He is survived by his brother, Ken Zenkert; his children Dawn Zenkert, Robyn (Shelli) Zenkert, Sarah (Geoffrey) Mills and Scott (Katie) Zenkert; his grandchildren Evan and Aiden Mills; his grand-dog Benjamin Bailey; his niece and nephews (Yvette Schue, Cliff Browning, Kenny Zenkert) and their children, and his best friend, the mother of his children, Kathryn R. Dabney.

Services celebrating Carl's life will held at Fowler Funeral Home in Brockport, NY on Saturday, February 4, 2017 at 6pm with a celebration following at the family's home. There will be visitation from 4:00pm to 6:00pm prior to the services. Rev. Martha Vink will officiate at the funeral.  For more information or to share condolences go to

Additional services are in planning stages with family, friends, and staff at Camp Quinipet, Shelter Island, NY and Camp Manidokan, Knoxville, MD later this year. Details will be shared online with the Quinipet and Manidokan community.

The family asks that donations be made to the Camp Quinipet Scholarship Fund or Camp Manidokan Scholarship Fund. Scholarships provide financial assistance to campers who would otherwise be unable to attend and enjoy the fun, spiritual growth, and life changes experiences of attending camp. For Camp Quinipet, please make checks payable to 'Quinipet Camp and Retreat Center' with the words, 'scholarship in memory of Carl Zenkert' in the memo line. Contact: Camp Quinipet P.O Box 549 Shelter Heights, NY 11965, 631-749-0430. For Camp Manidokan, please make checks payable to 'BW Conference' with the words, 'scholarship in memory of Carl Zenkert' in the memo line. Contact: Camp Manidokan, 1600 Harpers Ferry Rd, Knoxville, MD 21758, 301-834-7244.