- July 14, 1970 - December 10, 2012
- Shrewsbury, Massachusetts
of Steven's Passing
- Memorials in his name may be made to Zielinski Family Foundation, in c/o Shrewsbury Federal Credit Union, P.O. Box 227, Shrewsbury, MA 01545.
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Shrewsbury, MA 01545
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“Four years ago today, I found out you had died. I'll never forget you Steve. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
1 of 17 | Posted by: Kristin Lingrell - Friend
“Praying for your family. Rest in peace Steve.
2 of 17 | Posted by: Kristin Lingrell - Langhorne, PA
“Steve, it's been nearly one year since I learned of your passing. I still think of you and your family every day. Rest in peace my friend.
3 of 17 | Posted by: Kristin Lingrell - Langhorne, PA
“Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Though we haven't seen each other in a very long time we are saddened to hear of Steven's passing. The Till...Read More »
4 of 17 | Posted by: Brian Till - Philadelphia, PA
“Dzintra, Henry and Alma -
You are the apple of Steve's eye! We are praying the hope of eternity encourages your hearts and the time you spent...Read More »
5 of 17 | Posted by: Denise Dietz - Tulsa, OK - Cousin
“Dearest Dzintra and family,
My deepest condolences for the lost of your husband!
I pray that God will comfort your hearts.
6 of 17 | Posted by: Carline Pazi - Marlboro, MA
“Dear Dzintra and FamilyOur thoughts and Prayers are with you. If you need to talk we are here for you and you family. If you need anything please let...Read More »
7 of 17 | Posted by: Lisa, Dave, Adam and Rylan Fuller - MA
“To Steve's dear friends and family...
I met Steve when he came to work at the Bedford VAMC in the Mental Health Clinic. He was sharing office space...Read More »
8 of 17 | Posted by: Reverend William R. Mark - MA
“Dzintra, Harry, and Alma,
We are so very sorry to hear of your loss. Jim always enjoyed passing the time talking to Steve during the boys football...Read More »
9 of 17 | Posted by: Amanda and Jim Dodge
“Steven was so wonderful in how he took care of the Veterans in Worcester. Over the last years of our Dad's life, Steve helped our family get the...Read More »
10 of 17 | Posted by: Ann & Marilyn Keegan - Dudley, MA
“Dear Dzintra, Harry and Alma,
I had the honor and privilege to help care for Steve here at Umass in the ACC Building. His determination and...Read More »
11 of 17 | Posted by: Terri Dowd - Princeton, MA
“Dzintra, Harry and Alma.
We are thinking and praying for you all. Steve was always great to talk to and loved his family so much. You were very lucky...Read More »
12 of 17 | Posted by: Philomena O'Sullivan - Shrewsbury
“To the Zielinski family. My heart felt prayers and condolences to you. I recall the many conversations Steve and I had about our kids. God bless...Read More »
13 of 17 | Posted by: Keith W McKenzie - Shrewsbury, MA
“Dzintra ,Harry and Alma,
It was always so nice to see Steve's smiling face at the games, you could tell how proud he was of Harry. He was a...Read More »
14 of 17 | Posted by: Dave and Elisa Green
“Dear Dzintra, Harry and Alma,
Steve was such a wonderful man - always a smile on his face. He fought as hard as he could for you, his family...he...Read More »
15 of 17 | Posted by: Marc and Pam LeBlanc - MA
“Dear Dzintra, Harry & Alma,
Steve was a wonderful person, so full of life, so proud of his family. He touched many people and will be remembered...Read More »
16 of 17 | Posted by: Judy, Mark & Jake Flanigan - MA
“Dear Harry and Family,
Just received the news of Steve's passing. We would like to express our condolences to your family at this difficult time....Read More »
17 of 17 | Posted by: Lauren Schmautz - Shrewsbury, MA
Steven Adam Zielinski, of Shrewsbury, died Monday, December 10, 2012 in UMASS Medical Center in Worcester after a courageous battle with cancer with his family was gathered by his side. He was 42.
He was born on July 14, 1970 in Levittown, Pennsylvania a son of Joseph and Theresa Zielinski. He graduated from Truman High School and earned his Bachelor degree from Bloomsburg University where he was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity. He later earned his Master's Degree in Social Services from Bryn Mawr College. He met Dzintra Ozola there and they later married on June 15, 2002. Work and community brought them to Massachusetts in 2006 where they settled in Shrewsbury.
Steven was working as a social worker for the Veterans Administration Primary Care Clinic on Lincoln Street in Worcester for the past 6 years.
Diagnosed with Osteosarcoma at age 8 he persevered. He lived cancer free for 33 years until being recently diagnosed with another unrelated cancer that he fought until its end. Love wins. Memories of time with his family and friends are what Steven took with him and they are the same memories that bring his family comfort.
He loved the outdoors. Whether fishing, hiking, camping he was happiest being amidst the nature and beauty of the outdoors.
He leaves his wife, Dzintra; their children, Harry, age 9 and Alma, age 4; his parents, Joseph and Theresa Zielnski; his brothers, Thomas and his wife, Margie, Zielinski and Joseph and his wife, Karen Zielinski, all of Levittown, Pennsylvania; nieces and nephews, Michael, Steven, Amy and Joey; his father-in-law, Dzintars Slaucitajs in Latvia; many close friends and co-workers.
Family and friends will honor and remember Steven's life by gathering for calling hours at Heald & Chiampa Funeral Directors ~ The Sumner House, 5 Church Road, On the Common, Shrewsbury Center on Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. and again from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. on Saturday morning followed by his Funeral Service being celebrated at 10:00 a.m. Burial will follow in Mountain View Cemetery. Following the burial everyone is invited to join the family at IAVC - Italian American Victory Club, 26 Dewey Road, Shrewsbury.
Memorials in his name may be made to Zielinski Family Foundation, in c/o Shrewsbury Federal Credit Union, P.O. Box 227, Shrewsbury, MA 01545.
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Mountain View Cemetery
Boyslton Street (Rt. 140) Shrewsbury, MA 01545