Obituary of Robert D Zielinski
Zielinski-Robert D. “Bob”
Age 74, of Eden, NY, entered eternal rest on Oct. 25, 2022. Beloved husband of Rose Ann (nee Blasz) Zielinski; loving father of Andrew (Michelle) and Peter (Georgina) Bojczuk; cherished grandfather of Hannah, Brandon, and Joseph Bojczuk; loving brother to Richard E. (Rosilyn) Zielinski; dear uncle to Renee and Rhonda; son-in-law of Rose (nee Weiss) Blasz. He is predeceased by his parents, Edwin R and Jessie (nee Ochal) Zielinski and his father-in-law, Edward Blasz. On Sat. Nov. 19th at 10:30 AM, a Memorial Mass will be celebrated at Immaculate Conception Church, 8791 S. Main St, Eden, NY. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Donald M. Demmerley Funeral Home, 21 Pierce Ave., Hamburg. Please share condolences at www.demmerleyfuneralhome.com.
What about Bob? Certainly there is a lot more to his story.
It all began in Buffalo, NY on September 7, 1948 when a baby boy named Robert was born in Buffalo, NY,
the son of Edwin and Jessie (Ochal) Zielinski. In 1966, he
completed his high school education at Burgard High School where he studied Auto Mechanics. He
perfected his skills as a precision grinder. Bob was employed at Westinghouse and most
recently retired from Curtis Screw Company, Inc. In the late 1960’s, the Vietnam War was raging and
Bob answered the call of duty proudly served his country in the US Army.
Years later, he would meet his beautiful bride to be at a dance. On June 11, 1988, Bob and Rose Ann
were married and were only months shy of celebrating their 35th wedding anniversary. He was a devoted
family man and was especially proud of his three grandchildren: Hannah, Brandon and Joey. Bob worked
hard supporting his family, but he also knew how to have fun. He was a talented musician and song
writer. He played the concertina with the Concertina All Stars for over 20 years. He was a member of
the Knights of Columbus and the Polka Booster Club. He loved to talk with people and as a result, he had
many, many friends. Bob had a pleasant disposition, was happy, loved to joke around and was always
ready with a funny story to share,he also enjoyed traveling. And of course, Bob was an avid
During his recent illness, Bob kept a positive attitude. He never complained and was always very
appreciative for everything that was done for him. Bob was never afraid to leave this world. He has
always been close to God and looked forward to being with Him some day. He will miss the entire
family with all the new babies that have recently been born. He hoped the world will change for the
better, so everyone will have a chance to experience the many wonders life has to offer as he did.
Which leads me to this story . . .
A man was preparing his wish list, knowing that he didn’t have long to live. He told the funeral director
what he wanted to wear, what songs to play, where he would like to be buried, etc. And then asked him
to put a fork in his coffin. The funeral director looked confused and said, “Did you say fork?” He said
yes. I remember when I was a child going to my Grandmother’s house for dinner and after we had a
delicious meal, she would always say, “Save the fork!” That could only mean one thing, the best is yet to
come (dessert). So when you see the fork, it means this life was good, but the best is yet to come
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