Ned T. Zander died Wednesday, June 1, 2011 in the home where he was born, lived, and passed. He was surrounded and comforted by his loving family.
Ned was a Maple Syrup producer. His parents introduced him to Maple Syrup making. He made Maple Syrup all his life. First with his parents, then with brother, Paul Zander, and later with help from family and friends. He was a member of the Wisconsin Maple Syrup Producers Association. In recent years he enjoyed attending the annual meeting of the North American Maple Syrup Council in various US states and Canadian provinces where he could talk about maple syrup 24 hours a day. In October 2006 during the North American Maple Syrup Council annual meeting the participants toured his humble sugarbush. Ned was thrilled to show his small operation to large producers from Vermont, Maine, New York and Quebec.
Ned was also an avid woodsman. Over the course of his life he cut and split approximately 700 cords of firewood for heating his home, cooking maple syrup or selling. He also made logs from his woods that he sold to Algoma Lumber Company.
We plan to continue making Maple Syrup not only to honor Ned, but also because we like doing it.
Old Maple Syrup makers never die, they just evaporate.