Raymond Zielinski, 87, of Friendship Ridge passed away on Friday, March 8, 2013 at Providence Care Center in Beaver Falls. Ray was born in Pittsburgh, PA on May 6, 1925 to the late Walter and Mary Mahleffska Zielinski. He was Catholic by faith. Ray served in the US Navy during WWII. He was a graduate of the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and studied fine art at the Barnes Foundation in Merion, PA. Ray was a fine artist who captured the light of time in his award-winning landscapes, florals and still life paintings. Ray specialized in oil, pastels and watercolor mediums. He belonged to several art societies, including; Merrick Free Art Gallery Association, Ohio Watercolor Society, Pittsburgh Watercolor Society, North Hills Art League and the West Hills Art League. Ray was also a member of the Mahoning Valley Camera Club. Uncle Ray will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by his many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Emily Ott and three brothers; Ted, Joe and Gene Zielinski. Friends will be received on Sunday, March 10th from 2-5 PM at the Joseph A. Tomon, Jr. Funeral Home and Crematory, 97 Grim Avenue, Ellport. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, March 11th at 11:30 AM at Holy Redeemer Church in Ellwood City. Interment will follow in Holy Redeemer Cemetery. Full military rites will be offered by the Veteran's Honor Guard.
I've just learned of Ray's passing and am saddened that I was unable to attend the service. I have many wonderful memories of Ray. Most centered around art and our community of artist friends. Ray will be missed by many who knew him and his work. I would like to make a contribution in Ray's honor to an organization that he or the family prefers. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-397-6980 to discuss further. My sinsere sympathy to the family.
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