Mr. Stephen T. Zielinski, Jr., 84, died Tuesday, April 27, 2021 in the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital at Rahway, New Jersey.
Family and friends are invited to the visitation in the Kowalski Funeral Home, 515 Roselle Street, Linden on Sunday, May 2nd. from 1:00-5:00PM. On Monday, May 3rd. at 8:30AM, everyone will start to gather in the funeral home where a prayer service will begin at 9:00AM, followed by the funeral mass to be offered at St. Theresa of the Child Jesus Roman Catholic Church, Linden at 10:00AM. The prayers of committal will precede Mr. Zielinski’s burial in the family plot in St. Gertrude Cemetery in Colonia, New Jersey.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Steve’s memory to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Donor Services, PO Box 98018, Washington, DC 20090-8018 or online at http://www.lls.org
Stephen T. Zielinski, Jr. the son of the late Julia Potochney Zielinski and the late Stephen T. Zielinski, Sr. was born on December 2, 1936 in Linden, New Jersey.
He was a graduate of the Linden High School, class of 1954. Not long after graduation, Stephen heard the calling of his Country and he joined the United States Army, where he served in Japan as a radar analyst.
Returning home to Linden, Stephen married his sweetheart, Mary Ann Urban and together they settled in town to raise a family. Stephen and Mary Ann were married for 61 wonderful years and were blessed with two sons.
While his sons were growing up, Stephen became involved with the Boy Scouts of America. For 11 years he served as Committee Chairman and Webelo Leader for Cub Pack #188 and then he served as the Scoutmaster of Troop #188 at the Linden School #8. Additionally, Stephen along with his wife, Mary Ann, served as advisors for the St. Theresa’s Catholic Youth Organization at meetings and religious retreats.
Stephen worked for the Airtron Division of Litton Industries for 44 years, retiring as an Operations Manager. During this time, he took classes at California State University and later at Morris County College.
Stephen was the President of the AARP Linden Chapter #1894 and the President of the Linden Retired Men’s Club. He was an active member of the American Management Association, the Linden Citizens Association, the Halloween Parade Committee, St. Theresa’s Parish as an usher, and Stephen was the Senior Citizen Liaison for the Yellow Ribbon Campaign to Support U.S. Troops.
In 2011, Stephen was honored as the “Historian of the Year” by the Linden Historical Society, and in 2015, he was chosen as Linden’s 39th Annual Outstanding Senior Citizen of the Year for displaying the most exceptional service to his community.
He was predeceased by his two sisters, Eleanor Sharo and Doris Sedia.
Stephen will be sadly missed by his loving wife of sixty-one years, Mary Ann; his two sons, Stephen N. Zielinski, Sr. and Kenneth J. Zielinski; his daughter-in-law, Lorraine McKeown; his sister and brother-in-law, Margie and Edward Galiszewski; his grandchildren and his great grandchildren, along with his many nieces, nephews and friends.
As per the regulations imposed through the State of New Jersey, there will now be a maximum of one hundred and fifty people allowed in the funeral home and the church at one time and face protection is suggested. We thank you for your understanding during this time of transition.
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