People knew Joe Zastera as the pharmacist, some, as family members joke, only from the shoulders up behind the drug store counter in his white jacket. Others knew him as a friend and more knew him as a community booster.
A blessing for Two Harbors started with a World War II soldier’s bout with malaria. Harold Koop was told he would need to find a cooler climate than the one in his home state of Nebraska. A relative visiting from the North Shore heard Koop tell his mother this and suggested Two Harbors. And that’s how Joe Zastera ended up here, leaving a personal and civic legacy many fondly recalled last week with the news he had passed away Thursday at age 83.
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