Raymond J. Zaleski

  • Born: August 2, 1924
  • Died: October 5, 2015
  • Location: Auburn, Massachusetts

Henry-Dirsa Funeral Service

33 Ward St
Worcester, MA 01610

Tel. (508) 756-8346

Tribute & Message From The Family

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.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Zaleski Family,

Please accept my most sincere condolences on the passing of Mr. Zaleski. My thoughts are with you at this time of sorrow. Mac

Posted by Dan McGovern - Advance, NC   October 09, 2015

Dear Zaleski family,
We are truly sorry to hear of the loss of Ray. He was a wonderful man and friend to my father, Leo. Ray's visits were a blessing during my father's most difficult time. I know he is with Gert and my parents now, and having a great time sharing stories and laughter.
May our Lord bless and comfort you and your family during this time of grief. Please accept our sincere condolences.

Lou & Nancy

Posted by Lou & Nancy (Narris) Pepin - Whitinsville, MA   October 09, 2015

My family is so sorry for your loss.
Ray was my father's (Leo Narris) best friend for many years.
He and his wife spent many great times with my father and mother.
I was told stories of the many times that they enjoyed various events together.
After the deaths of their wives, Ray and my father grew even closer.
Both of them enjoyed hunting and fishing. My father often talked about their episodes. Some were comical, as my father would relate them. Many were simply a story of fun and camaraderie that they shared.
They shared a love of the Bingo night at the Elks. When Ray had trouble driving at night, my father would see that he got to, and back home from, the Elks.
And there was the PAV. It seems that the two of them pretty much made sure that events happened. My father often commented about Ray's dedication to the PAV.
After my mother died, Ray was a significant fixture in my father's life. He stopped by my father's house many times each week. They shared their grief for their losses, and he consoled my father as much as he could. I was often there when he was visiting. He was a compassionate, caring friend who did his best to help my father deal with his loss.
They took trips together, did some fishing, and had some good times. And they had the Elks and VFW to keep them occupied.
When my father died I made many phone calls. I think my call to Ray was the most difficult one. It ended a bond of two friends.
Then, at the wake, he led the PAV in a wonderful ceremony.
My wife and I will always remember him as a caring, dedicated friend to my mother and father.
I'm sure he is now with his wife and all of the relatives and friends that have gone before him.
God bless him and his family during this trying time.

Posted by Al & Marie Narris - Auburn, MA - Friend   October 08, 2015

Dear Zaleski Family,
Ray was a great customer and friend of mine and my dad's for years and years at Keystone Electric. It was always fun when he walked through the door....we'd squabble back and forth and in the end have a good laugh. I can't believe he was 91....he looked great when I last saw him not that long ago. He will be missed.

Posted by Rich Kazarian - Worcester, MA   October 08, 2015

My condolences to the Zaleski family. Another of America's Greatest Generation joins his many friends and comrades. Ray was an integral leader of the American Polish Veterans and will be missed by all that had the pleasure of knowing him. He earned the respect of so many over the years. Thank you for your service and leadership.

Posted by Michael Swillo - Katy, TX - Family Friend   October 07, 2015

Dear Robert and family-
Sorry for your loss of your dad a great father and gentleman. Your parents are remembered with kindness. May you find peace in knowing he is now reunited with those who have gone before him and will now live his everlasting life in peace - that what was promised by the Lord. Hope all is well with you . Friend from St Mary's High School.

Posted by Halina Slowik - Falmouth, MA   October 07, 2015

I remember Ray and his wife from Worcester City Hospital. He was a good man.I'm glad he had a long fulfilled life.I'm sorry for your loss.May he rest in peace with Gert in heaven.

Posted by Valerie Arseneault RN - Worcester, MA   October 07, 2015


Thank you for serving our country. May your family find comfort in their faith and may you Rest in Peace. Ray a great friend from Worcester City Hospital days. See ya on the other side.

Posted by Dr. Timothy Hoffman - Spencer, MA   October 07, 2015


My deepest sympathy to Lois, James and family and the rest of your family on the passing of your father/ father-in-law / grandfather. May eternal rest be granted unto him, and perpetual light shine upon him.

Posted by David Sweeney - Leicester, MA   October 06, 2015

Thank you for all the special times and moments that we have spent together and that we have shared. We will remember them always and hold them close in our hearts. You are a very special person and we are so happy to have had so many years together with you and mother Gert. We will miss you and never forget all the fun times at the PAV on Green St. and at all the State Conventions. You are one in a million and we Love you Dad. RIP with Mom xoxo

Posted by Diane & Wayne - Worcester, MA - special friends   October 06, 2015