Centenarian Celebrations: Cazim Zabeli
Submitted by James Evans, Northeast Director, Carbide Retiree Corps (CRC)
- August 16, 2017 - Cazim Zabeli, a Union Carbide retiree, turned 100 on August 16, 2017. Cazim worked as a rigger at the Linde facility in Tonawanda, New York, and in other Linde facilities for 20 years. He retired in 1984. Cazim and his first wife, who died 15 years ago, have three sons and two daughters. Cazim is now married to Sevoije (Seva) Zabeli, who has a 16-year-old daughter, Linda.
Cazim was born in Kosovo. During World War II years, he was in a concentration camp from 1941 to 1945. He came to the United States in 1952 and worked on Interstate Highway bridge projects in the New York and Pennsylvania area for many years. He speaks highly of Dwight Eisenhower’s Interstate Highway project. Cazim married Seva, who is also from Kosovo, in 2011, and they live with her daughter in their own home in upstate New York. Except for poor eyesight and hearing, he seems to be in good health. He stays active doing yard work and house remodeling projects. He just finished building a very nice new room on the front of their house.
It was a joy visiting Cazim, Seva and Linda. They were very hospitable to us and were very appreciative of our visit and Dow’s recognition of his 100th birthday.