Raymond J. Zaleski, 91, passed peacefully in his home on Monday, October 5, 2015. His wife of sixty-six years, Gertrude G. (Sadowski) Zaleski died in 2012. He is survived by his children, Robert B. Zaleski and his wife Barbarajean of Millville, PA and James Zaleski of Kernersville, NC; a daughter Lois Mullins and her husband James Sweeney of Spencer; ten grandchildren, Pamela Ryan, Craig, Brian, Scott, Tim, Shaughn and Alexandra Zaleski, Ryan, Christopher and Kaitlyn Mullins, nine great-grandchildren, Alaina, Jordan and Patrick Ryan, Joshua, Lucy, Kenneth and Vienna Zaleski, Jackson R. and Layla Mullins; nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a son Kenneth Zaleski, brothers John and Edward Zaleski and sister Helen Jasukonis. Raymond was born in Charlton a son of Alexander and Michalena (Lukienska) Zaleski.
Mr. Zaleski was a licensed electrician. Besides private contracting, he worked several years at US Steel Company, Worcester City Hospital and later at UMASS Medical Center. Ray was a U.S. Navy veteran during World War II. He attended St. Mary’s High School and graduated from Boston Industrial Technical Institute. He was a lifetime parishioner of Our Lady of Czestochowa Church and a member of their Knights of Columbus. He was a longtime member and officer of the St. Mary’s Booster and received their diamond pin award along with his wife for their contributions to the church, school and community. He was a founding member and past Commander of the Polish American Veterans in Worcester, Webster and an active State delegate and past State Commander. In addition, he was a member of the Chester P. Tuttle Post of the American Legion, The Auburn Elks and the VFW . He was the recipient of the Quo Vadis “Man of the Year” award and received the key to the city of Worcester by former Mayor Lukes for his contributions to the city. Of all his interests and joys, his favorite was being a husband, Dad and Dziadzi. He enjoyed time with his family – called “My gang”.
The funeral will be held on Friday, October 9, 2015 from HENRY – DIRSA FUNERAL HOME, 33 Ward Street, Worcester, with a Mass at 10:00 a.m. in Our Lady of Czestochowa Church, 34 Ward Street, Worcester. Burial with military honors will be in Notre Dame Cemetery, Worcester. Calling hours in the funeral home will be on Thursday, October 8, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Polish American Veterans will gather at 6:30 p.m. during calling hours to perform their ritual.