Deacon Donald E. Radlinski (1931 - 2012)

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OLEAN - Deacon Donald E. Radlinski of 530 Front St. passed away Tuesday (Oct. 16, 2012) at his residence, surrounded by his family, after a lengthy illness.
Born July 6, 1931, in Salamanca, he was a son of the late Francis and Antena Prusinowski Radlinski. On Sept. 1, 1951, he married the former Jane A. Schreckengost of Salamanca.
Deacon Don graduated from Salamanca high School in 1949. He was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1952 and served for two years as an artilleryman in England. He was discharged as a corporal in 1954.
He worked at the Millbrook Bread Co. as a division supervisor until the company moved out of Olean in 1973. He then worked as a sales manager for Eade Distributing in Olean, from which he retired in 1993.
On Oct. 21, 1990, Donald was ordained a Roman Catholic deacon for the Diocese of Buffalo by Bishop Edward Head at the St. Joseph's Cathedral in Buffalo. Deacon Don was the first deacon to be ordained in the Southern Tier. He was initially assigned to serve at St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church in Olean. He later served at St. Mary's parish of Bolivar. In 1998, he was appointed deacon administrator of St. Patrick's parish in Limestone, where he served until his retirement in 2008.
As a deacon, he also served on the board of the Cattaraugus County Council on Alcohol and Substance Abuse. He also served as spiritual advisor for the U.S. Bureau of Prisons Federal Correctional Institution in Bradford, Pa.; the Limestone Youth Correctional Facility in Limestone and the St. Vincent de Paul Society.
For several years, he led instruction for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion and the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults. Deacon Don was a member of St. Mary of the Angels parish in Olean.
Surviving are his wife, Jane Radlinski of Olean; three daughters, Cindy (Lyndon) Silloway of Peachtree City, Ga., Carol (Paul) Rusk of Portville and Nancy (Terry) Sullivan of Olean; six grandchildren, Dr. Jane (Dr. Bryan) Smith of Aukland, New Zealand, Father Michael Radlin Silloway of Atlanta, Ga., Patrick Silloway of Macon, Ga., Colin and Emily Sullivan of Olean, and William Silloway of Peachtree City, Ga.; a great-grandson, Edmund Donald Smith of Auckland, New Zealand; a brother, William Radlinski of Potomac Falls, Va., two sisters, Anne Marie Skrobacz and Julie Fusiara, both of Olean; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and four brothers, Leonard Radlinksi of Port Allegany, Pa., infant Robert Radlinski of Salamanca, James Radlinski of California and Frederick Radlinski of Olean.
Family will receive friends Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the St. Mary of the Angels Church. A concelebrated Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Saturday (Oct. 20, 2012) at 9:30 a.m. in the church. Concelebrants will be Father Michael Radlin Silloway (grandson), Father Gregory Dobson, pastor, and other priests and deacons.
Burial will be in St. Bonaventure Cemetery in Allegany.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Deacon Donald Radlinski's name may be sent to the Children of Fatima Chapel in the parish life center of St. Mary of the Angels Church, Olean.
Deacons will pray the office of the dead in common on Friday evening.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Guenther Funeral Home Inc., Olean.
Published in The Olean Times Herald on Oct. 18, 2012