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Leslie Zielinski

July 5, 1947 December 7, 2014
Leslie Zielinski
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Leslie Zielinski, 67, of Chicopee, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on December 7th, 2014. Born in Freiheit, Germany, son of the late Thadeusz Kowalczyk and Ludwika Zielinski, his family moved to Massachusetts when he was 10 years old. Les worked in many roles over the course of 47 years for U.S. Tsubaki in Holyoke and Chicopee, most recently as maintenance supervisor before retiring in 2012. In addition, Les proudly served in the United States Army as a military policeman from 1966 to 1968. He was a longtime member of St. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church in Ludlow, where he frequently helped with fundraising pierogi sales. He was an avid fisherman, sports fan, hobby collector, and game show enthusiast. His greatest pride and joy came from spending time with his family. Les was a loving husband to Sophie (Lonczyna) Zielinski of Chicopee for 45 years, father to Matthew Zielinski and partner Carolyn Ruszala, of San Diego, and Michael Zielinski and wife Christy (Roberts), of Agawam. He was a newly proud grandfather to Kellen and Adrian Zielinski, also of Agawam. He also leaves a younger brother Stanley Zielinski, of Chicopee; a sister Wanda Hebert, of Holyoke; his mother-in-law Ann Lonczyna, sister-in-law Olga (Lonczyna) Hoeppner, and her husband, and close friend, Gary Hoeppner. He also leaves his nephews and nieces; John and Jeff Hebert, Jason and Patti Hoeppner, Jeremy and Jamie Zielinski and their extended families. Les was greatly loved and admired by friends and family and will be deeply missed.

Funeral services for Les will be held on Saturday, December 13, 2014 at 9:00am from the Ludlow Funeral Home with a Liturgy of Christian Burial celebrated at 10:00am in St. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church followed by burial in St. Stanislaus Cemetery. Visiting hours are Friday evening from 4:00-7:00pm and In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Les's memory to St. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church in Ludlow.

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