Alexander “Zander” Robert Silvio Cerchie

October 9, 1985 - June 17, 2020

Alexander “Zander” Robert Silvio Cerchie, 34, a resident of Fort Myers, FL since 1988, formerly of Mesa, AZ, passed away Wednesday, June 17, 2020 in Fort Myers. He was born October 9, 1985 in Scottsdale, AZ.

Zander was a loving, compassionate, intelligent, and funny man who was loved by all his friends and family, mostly for his sense of humor. Zander successfully battled cancer twice in his life and suffered from epilepsy for many years. Despite these challenges, he went on to live a successful life, graduating Suma Cum Laude in 2018 with his Master’s Degree in Health Services Administration. In 2017, Zander married the love of his life, Lauren Kovacevic. Zander was a great musician and loved music of all kinds. He loved his country, enjoyed debating anyone about anything, and was a Pittsburgh fan through and through.

Zander was a member of McGregor Baptist Church in Fort Myers; a man of faith who stood strong in his belief in Jesus Christ.

He is survived by his beloved wife of three years, Lauren Kovacevic-Cerchie of Fort Myers, FL; father, Randy Cerchie of Cape Coral, FL; mother, Robin Huffer (Don) of St. Augustine, FL; sisters, Haley Cerchie and Lexi Cerchie, both of Cape Coral, FL; nieces and nephew, Emma, Zoey, and Isaiah; paternal grandmother, Annette Cerchie of Pittsburgh, PA; maternal grandmother, Ronda Enos of Cape Coral, FL; mother-in-law, Lisa Kay of St. Augustine, FL; step mother-in-law, Samantha McCormick of Sarasota, FL; Paternal Aunt Cyndi Ligo (Brett) of Slippery Rock, PA, Paternal Uncle, Dino Cerchie (Pam) of Phoenix, AZ; paternal cousins, Hunter Ligo and Tom & Taylor Cerchie; Maternal Aunt, Shelly Winters of Tuscon, AZ; maternal cousin Jessica Bach. And his dogs Bentley, Bobby, and Sebastian.

Zander was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather Silvio Cerchie; maternal grandfather Robert Winters, and his father-in-law George Kovacevic.

The family will receive friends for a time of visitation from 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM Saturday, June 27, 2020 at Mullins Memorial, 3654 Palm Beach Blvd., Fort Myers, FL 33916. Per CDC COVID-19 guidelines, Mullins Memorial suggests that all participants wear a mask. We remind everyone to maintain Social Distancing while in our facilities.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, October 10, 2020. Further details to be announced via

Memorial Contributions in the memory of Alexander “Zander” Robert Silvio Cerchie are suggested to: in lieu of flowers.

Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cape Coral, is entrusted with final care.


  1. Haley Jun 24, 2020 at 1:27 pm

    SEVEN!!!! 😊

  2. Jackie Wells Jun 24, 2020 at 1:35 pm

    I was blessed to work with Zander and had the chance to get to know him. Seeing the happiness he and Lauren shared made my heart smile. My thoughts and prayers are with Lauren and the rest of their family. He will be missed by so many.

  3. Debbie Wainey Jun 24, 2020 at 2:04 pm

    Our family holds yours in our thoughts and prayers.

  4. Doreen Vitullo Jun 24, 2020 at 2:54 pm

    My heart goes out to Zander’s family. I met him at Shadyside hospital, when he was in for a stem cell transplant and my son just got diagnosed with ALL. He loved Pittsburgh so I bought him a couple souvenir’s. We have kept in touch over the years through Facebook since he moved back to Florida. He has a heart of gold! I am so sad to hear this.💔😓

  5. Scott brady Jun 24, 2020 at 2:58 pm

    Big love man. Your with god now .

  6. Natalie Dato Jun 24, 2020 at 3:07 pm

    Zander was an amazing man of God. I met him in middle school and we attended high school together as well. Over the current years we would share our passion for the Lord and always accept each other’s prayer request for the people we loved. He will be greatly missed. But I know that the Lord welcomed him with open arms. We will miss you my brother in Christ. Until we all meet again at heavens gates. May the Lord Bless you and keep you.

    Blessings from his sister in Christ

  7. Kathleen iarrapino Jun 24, 2020 at 3:42 pm

    Im so sorry for your loss.its just to breaks my heart.may god wrap his arms around him and his family and friends .

  8. Jackie Jun 24, 2020 at 3:42 pm

    Prayers for family and friends on the loss of such a fine young gentleman. He is healed and with the Lord.

  9. CIndy Littlejohn Jun 24, 2020 at 4:13 pm

    Oh Lauren I am so sorry for your loss. You have always been one of my favorites since you were a little girl. It made me so happy to see you with your husband… and see you truly happy. My heart is breaking for you!
    With much love,

  10. Trish Krause Jun 24, 2020 at 5:25 pm

    I remember Zander from Cape Elementary. He was a beautiful person. My condolences.
    Sending positive thoughts and prayers for you and your family.
    RIP Zander .

  11. Mrs Ginny Wallace Jun 24, 2020 at 5:40 pm

    I am saddened for everyone for this loss. Zander was one of my middle school English students. He loved music and was so talented. He was a good kid to have in class. Rest with Jesus, Zander.
    John 14: 1-3.

  12. Eileen Webster Jun 24, 2020 at 7:06 pm

    Zander, I have enjoyed getting to know you for so many years. I will always remember your smile and your positive attitude. And our big football rivalry. I hope you know I will ALWAYS be here to keep your dad in check and be his very best friend.

  13. Ehab Guirguis Jun 24, 2020 at 7:13 pm

    John 3:16–17
    “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.”

  14. Dick and Lil Wagner Jun 24, 2020 at 7:28 pm

    We’ll miss seeing your great smile and sparkling eyes, Zander. You were a very special guy. Til we meet again.

  15. Ric Wade Jun 24, 2020 at 9:05 pm

    Lauren …… I really liked him!!! He will be missed. You know your uncle loves you!

  16. Maggie Hunt Jun 24, 2020 at 9:40 pm

    Another beautiful light went out. May your memory continue to live on in the hearts of all your family and friends.

  17. Rob Lovell Jun 25, 2020 at 10:30 am

    I had the pleasure of meeting Zander several times and We shared many laughs. He was a great kid then and a man now. I wish miss him. Good bless the family and may he keep them in his care.

  18. Sheri DeLaCruz Jun 25, 2020 at 10:37 am

    My condolences to the entire family. Lifting you and the family up in prayer.

  19. Robin Diaz Jun 25, 2020 at 11:44 am

    My heart aches for your loss. for his Wife I know where you are with losing your life mate I promise and I hope you reach for God in the times when you feel like you are drowning. For his parents, no parent should ever have to bury their child. I pray for peace in your soul and heart. Hold on to those special memories and open them when you are feeling down. I will keep you and your Family in my prayers. God Bless

  20. Teri Denison Jun 25, 2020 at 12:15 pm

    My heart is heavy, my condolences to the family. My youngest son, Skyler spent more time with Zander and his family as a child in elementary school than he did at home with his own family; he enjoyed being with them so much. I always admired Zander’s sweet, sincere smile and his faith and love in Jesus. I respected him for many reasons but mostly because of his faith and he was quite zealous when speaking of the Lord! Zander was a special person and will be missed by many. Rest in Peace my friend.

  21. Tammy Hassler Jun 25, 2020 at 1:26 pm

    Robin …. I am so sorry for your loss. I can’t even imagine what you are going through. So young and taken too soon.
    I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.

  22. Kalan B Admire Jun 25, 2020 at 1:55 pm

    Go Steelers ! 🤙🏽 You Will Be Missed

  23. Dan and Lollie Cuffman Jun 25, 2020 at 2:30 pm

    To Lauren, Robin, Randy and the entire family of our friend Zander.
    I breaks our heart to learn the passing of our friend Zander! He will live in our hearts with memories of a companionate, funny guy with a great sense of humor. We shared a mutual love of our Pittsburgh Steelers! Wave that Terrible Towel through thru those Pearly Gates my friend! My God rest his soul. RIP Zander! We will miss you.

  24. Lily Taylor Jun 25, 2020 at 8:20 pm

    My heart aches for the entire family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all in your time of grief. I was blessed to have met Zander at State Farm and got the chance to know him. May he Rest In Peace. He will be missed by many!

  25. Monica and Doug Busbee Jun 25, 2020 at 9:52 pm

    We did not have the pleasure to know Zander, but Its such a blessing to hear that he had a relationship with God. To Robin , Randy and Lexi and Zander’s entire family, and all the lives he touched. May you find comfort in knowing he is home with the Lord. Praying for your family during this difficult time.

  26. Jeanette Berg Jun 26, 2020 at 11:51 am

    I am so sorry for your loss! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in this very difficult time!

  27. Carmen Jun 26, 2020 at 6:13 pm

    I miss you my brother in Christ but knowing we will see each other again and resume our talks makes me smile 😊. Tia Carmen

  28. Robbin Sandlin Jun 27, 2020 at 7:25 am

    My deepest condolences to Haley and Robin and the family. I had not had the privilege to know Zander, but reading all about him in his obituary tells me he was a truly remarkable person.

  29. Chris and Denise Van Hise Jun 27, 2020 at 12:40 pm

    Lauren, Robin, Randy, Haley & Lexi –
    Our deepest condolences for your loss. Our hearts our broken and there really are no words to say how sorry we are.
    Zander was awesome in every respect and we’re are thankful that we were lucky enough to share some great times with him. Remembering driving with a very young (6 years old) Zander and Randy to Cape Kennedy in the summer of 1993 to watch the launch of Space Shuttle Endeavor. And the time Zander caught the very first puck ever slapped into the crowd at the very first game of the Everblades! And very fondly remember travelling with Zander for his birthday trip to NYC and getting to share some fantastic memories with him. Our deepest prayers are with you.

  30. Ginger Petruzzelli Jun 27, 2020 at 10:24 pm

    Randy I am so sorry for the loss of your son. I know that he had to be such a great man considering that he had a great role model for his father. God bless you and give you comfort

  31. Cheryl Carbone Jun 29, 2020 at 8:15 pm

    My sympathy goes out to Lauren and the rest of the Cerchie family for the loss of Zander. May God lift him up and Bless you all with fond memories of him. My deepest thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  32. Catherine Schanbarger Jul 1, 2020 at 3:17 pm

    Zander you will be missed. Godspeed.

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