ZIELINSKI, Jan M.
Electronics Engineer & Consultant
Passed peacefully into the loving arms of his Heavenly Father ... after a long battle with cancer at the age of 84, surrounded by his family. He left in sorrow his beloved wife and soul mate of fifty five years Marie B. Nalecz-Odrzywolska, two daughters Marta (Edward Morofsky) and Teresa (Tony Oliviero), grandchildren Amanda (John Fayad), Barbara, Marco, Rosanna, Mico and Tara and the heart of his heart, great-grandson John Edward "J.J.". Will be sorely missed by his nieces and their families in Brazil, also Wanda Chowaniec and his many relatives and friends in Poland.
Born in Lwow, he fought during the war in the Underground Resistance making his living as a manager of a machine shop. After the war he moved to Warsaw, obtained his engineering degree and worked for the Ministry of Transportation, organizing the production of replacement parts for the fleet of cars Poland received from the USA.
In 1957 he emigrated with his wife to Canada, settling first in Montreal and in 1973 in Ottawa. As a member of the Association of Polish Engineers and the Polish Veterans' Association, Jan quickly got deeply involved in the life of the Ottawa Polonia supporting also wholeheartedly his wife in all her church, social, and community obligations. Warm and caring, strong and always smiling, full of faith in life and a happy future, Jan made friends wherever he went.
Friends may call at McEvoy-Shields Funeral Home, 235 Kent Street, on Tuesday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Rosary at 7 p.m. and on Wednesday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Funeral Mass Thursday at 11 a.m in St. Hyacinth's Church, Lebreton St. at Louisa St.
Following funeral mass friends are invited to attend a reception in the church basement to celebrate Jan's life and passage to eternal glory.
In lieu of flowers donations may be sent to Fundacja Charytatywna KPK-Starzy Polacy we Lwowie, or the Polish Mission Fund.
The Ottawa Citizen