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Mariellen J. Zaleski


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Mariellen J. Zaleski 1932 - 2017
age 85, of Dalton, died Wednesday, June 14, 2017, at Wooster Community Hospital in Wooster, following a period of declining health.
Mariellen was born on May 20, 1932, in Canton, Ohio, to Marling and Gladys (Schandel) Engle and graduated from Mount Marie High School in Canton. On Feb. 13 1954, she married Edmund Zaleski at St Joan of Arc Catholic Church.
Together, they began to write the story of their life.
Mariellen was a gracious and impossibly lovely soul who sought out joy in both the obvious places and unexpected corners of her life. The essence of her beauty can't shine on paper as brightly as it lit the world. As a young woman, she taught herself to sew, and her skill and creativity brightened the lives and wardrobes of her family and friends throughout her life. She outfitted her family in garb that belied their financial constraints. Her children grew up thinking they were rich. In truth, her family was rich beyond measure, in all the ways that counted. She was something of a wedding specialist, creating not only her own gown, but 37 other unique and beautiful dresses. She married the man who was always meant for her, in the way that two kindred spirits find in each other the hint of something divine. She gave life to 7 small and fortunate humans over 10 years, nurturing hope and whispering dreams into soft and impressionable ears. She embraced noise and strife amid the growth of her large Catholic family, and later the outstretched arms of many extended families. Mariellen painted; she read, voraciously, to fuel an imagination that soared beyond dinner and mountains of laundry. She loved maps. She loved her directionally-impaired daughters--to whom she particularly enjoyed giving map-reading lessons.
She modeled, to perfection--though not in heels on a runway. Rather, she showcased kindness, compassion, and mercy through all her actions and all her days. As a young wife and mother, Mariellen encountered the pain of loss early on with the death of her beloved brother, Mike and with the march of time, many others. She endured with grace and acceptance a progressive and unrelenting physical pain and crippling arthritis, teaching her children everything they needed to know about how to face adversity with faith and joy.
The melody of Mariellen's life was a song of simplicity, service, and gratitude.
In her last days, amid the indignity of illness and suffering, Mariellen asked a heartfelt and amazing question that perhaps captures her spirit best: She asked, "What did I ever do to deserve such a beautiful life ?" Her family's answer: "Everything Mama. Everything."
Surviving are three sons, Edmund (Jane) Zaleski of Dalton, Pius (Nancy West) Zaleski of Akron, and Stephen (Julie) Zaleski of Orrville; three daughters, Mary Ann (Dave) Brockett of Twinsburg, Mary Beth (Kevin) O'Connor of Dalton, and Mary Frances (Sam) Jackson of Dalton; daughter-in-law, Rose Zaleski of White House; 19 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren; two brothers, Tony and Mark Engle of Canton; sister, Annabelle "Posie" Weber of Navarre; and numerous nieces, nephews and lifelong friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Edmund A. Zaleski; son, Daniel Mark Zaleski; parents Marling and Gladys Engle; and brothers, Jim and Mike Engle.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, June 19th 2017, at St. Agnes Catholic Church, 541 Spring St., Orrville, where she was a member, with Fr. Ronald J. Turek officiating. Burial will take place at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery in Rittman. Friends may call on Sunday at Auble Funeral Home, 512 East Oak Street, Orrville, from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Online registry and expressions of condolence may be made at the funeral home's web site at www.aublefuneralhome.com.
Memorials may be made to Daughters of Mary of Nazareth Convent, 26 Phipps Street, Quincy, MA 02169.
Published in The Repository from June 18 to June 19, 2017
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