City of Oaks Funeral Home & Cremation

Peter Zander

Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Age 76.
Died 05/26/2023.

Peter Zander
Peter Zander, who lived and worked in Connecticut for most of his life, died on May 26, 2023 in Chapel Hill, NC where he lived near his daughter. He was born at Walter Reed Hospital in 1946 and raised in Alexandria, Virginia. Peter attended the nearby St. Stephen’s Episcopal School. He received his Bachelor of Arts from Yale University in 1973 and his Master of Architecture from Yale in 1976. He was well-known for the originality and professionalism of the houses he designed in Connecticut and Eastern New York. Peter also did pro bono work, including the design and build of the gazebos for the Oxford Town Hall. As a skilled and creative craftsman, he was often very hands-on with projects.

He served two years in the Armed Forces stationed in Fort Huachuca near the Mexican border. He loved the language and culture of Mexico, and would return there throughout his life, including a one-year stint as a resident outside Mexico City and frequent trips later in life when he and his wife operated a jewelry import business.

Peter was public-spirited, regularly volunteering for the Southbury Public Library, during local elections, and as an organizer for the Death Café Southbury. He was an avid reader of history and literature, knowledgeable about a wide range of topics. He had similarly broad tastes in music, ranging from Gilbert and Sullivan to Stevie Wonder. He enjoyed propagating, training, and caring for tropical house plants, and gifted many unique specimens to friends and family. He also loved the company of animals, especially dogs. His wry sense of humor will be sorely missed.

Two years prior to his death, Peter fell and suffered a traumatic brain injury, from which he never fully recovered in spite of his courageous efforts. He died peacefully at home.

Peter was married to Eileen Zander (former proprietor of La Luna Dancewear in Southbury) from 1983 until her death in 2013. He is survived by his daughter Elizabeth Zander, his stepson Peter Sztaba, his sons Alan Zander and Nicholas Zander, his sister Beah Zander, and their respective families, as well as by close friends who provided faithful support. There will be an open house this Saturday, June 3rd from 2pm to 5pm at 1021A Heritage Village in Southbury, CT. In lieu of flowers, please continue Peter’s support to groups dedicated to protecting wildlife and the environment by making a donation to the Sierra Club Foundation.

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City of Oaks Cremation and Funeral Home is a full-service funeral home in Raleigh, serving all of North Carolina and beyond. We provide an alternative to costly funeral homes and every day we help families in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and all over North Carolina make simple, affordable funeral arrangements.

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Our Promise

Apples to Apples

Just like all other licensed funeral homes in North Carolina, City of Oaks Cremation, LLC is regulated by the NC Board of Funeral Service.

The same laws that apply to the big corporate funeral homes also apply to the modest independently owned firms like ours. All crematories in North Carolina, regardless of who owns them, are inspected annually by the state and must adhere to the same rules and laws.

Genuine Care

We're committed to providing families within our community unsurpassed service before, during and after the time of loss.

Our staff will provide clear communication to your family through each step as we move forward from the original phone call notifying us of a death to the time we deliver the urn back to your family. We will treat your family with the utmost respect, as we honor the wishes of your loved one.

We promise to make this process affordable and as endurable as possible.

State Wide

Our Funeral Home is located in Wake County NC; however, we provide our services to families throughout the entire State.

Unlike other funeral homes, we don't charge an additional mileage fee. Regardless of what county you live in, we can help your family with making simple, affordable funeral arrangements. From Asheville to Wilmington, we're proud to help families statewide.

Our Services

Direct Cremation


Nobody likes surprise costs added in at the last minute. We guarantee you will not find any hidden charges here. We include everything you need for a simple or direct cremation. Simple, affordable and reliable. We have not changed the cost of our direct cremation service since we opened City of Oaks in 2012.

Cremation with Solidified Remains


We offer the option of choosing how you receive your loved ones remains. Selecting our Direct Cremation with Solidified Remains option is a beautiful way to transform cremated remains into 40-60 “stones” that you can hold.

Cremation with Visitation


City of Oaks Funeral Home and Cremation provides an affordable cremation option with onsite visitation. Nobody likes surprise costs added in at the last minute. We guarantee you will not find any hidden charges here. Simple, affordable and reliable.

Immediate Burial


An immediate burial has the same end result as a traditional burial; however, we have eliminated the extra (sometimes unnecessary) services prior to getting to the cemetery. Not everyone wants an open casket for viewing or a limousine for the family. Despite the term immediate, we can move as fast as you need or as slow as you like. This option simply allows you to save money by eliminating some of the fancy extras at the funeral home.

Traditional Funeral


We offer the same traditional funeral services as the big corporately owned funeral homes in the area; however, we cost about half the amount. You might consider a traditional funeral service if your family is looking for an open casket visitation, a traditional church service or a funeral service in the funeral home's chapel. A traditional funeral service can be altered to fit the needs of your family.

Green Burial


This establishment is one of a select number of funeral homes who meet the criteria for providing green funeral service by the Green Burial Council; a tax-exempt, nonprofit organization working to encourage environmentally sustainability in the field of funeral service. Our Green options allow for a funeral to take place without the use of toxic and non-biodegradable materials/chemicals.



As an alternative to traditional cremation, City of Oaks Funeral Home also offers Aquamation. The Aquamation process, often referred to as alkaline hydrolysis, uses a solution of water and potassium hydroxide to facilitate natural decomposition.

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