In Branford April 1, 2011, Sophie E. Olszewski Zielinski, beloved wife of Walter Zielinski, (M. Sgt. US Army Ret), of Branford.
Mother of Elizabeth (Joseph) Esposito of East Haven, and James Zielinski of Maine; Sister of John (Winnie) Olszewski and Helen Olszewski of Branford; Grandmother of Philip (Vanessa) Stankiewicz, Jody (Debbie) Stankiewicz, Lisa (Michael) Pietrosimone and Joseph (Kristen) Esposito; great-grandmother of Brittany, Justin, Gianna, and Mikey-Boo. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Sophie was born August 3, 1924 in Branford, daughter of the late Julius and Jesse Coolac Olszewski. She had formerly worked for A.C. Gilbert Co., and was a dispatcher for the Branford Fire Department before retiring…. She grew up working on the family farm on Todds Hill Rd., in Branford, and along with her brother John she ran a vegetable stand on Rte. 139 in Branford. She was an avid bowler and tennis player, a UConn Husky fan, and she especially enjoyed trips to the casino.
Funeral from the W. S. Clancy Memorial Funeral Home, 244 North Main St., Branford, Wednesday morning at 9:30 with a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Mary Church at 10:00. Burial will be in St. Agnes Cemetery. Calling hours will be Tuesday from 4 – 8 PM.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to the Smilow Cancer Hospital @ YNHH, 333 Cedar St., P. O. Box 208028, New Haven, CT 06520.
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