Frank Zielinski
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1915 - 2007

Retired Navy Musician Frank Zielinski, age 91, died October 24, 2007 in a hospital in Ft. Collins, CO. The burial of his remains will take place Thursday, November 29 at Ft. Barrances National Cemetery in Pensacola FL.
Frank was born November 30, 1915 to Frank and Alice Zielinski in Bay City Michigan. After high school he enlisted in the Navy as a musician, a drummer. He served as a Musician for 23 years retiring in 1959.
Frank was serving on board the USS Nevada at Pearl Harbor when the Japanese attacked. His band completed the flag raising ceremony while under attack and then manned their battle stations.
During his service in the Navy he served several tours in Pensacola; and his family remained here during his sea and overseas tours. While stationed in Pensacola, Frank also played in local bands including the L & N Trio.
After retirement from the Navy, Frank settled in San Diego working at the Navy Hospital there. He married Dorothy Saxon Hanson in 1970. They relocated to the Tampa Bay area until 1999 when the move to Ft. Collins. At all the places they, lived Frank continued to play drums for various Polka and other dance bands until shortly before his death.
He remained an active member of the VFW, American Legion and the Fleet Reserve.
Frank is survived by his wife Dorothy; three children, Diane Joiner (husband Jim) of Pensacola, Jeanette Swanger of Pensacola and Steven Zielinski of San Diego; four step children, Wayne Hanson of Sacramento, CA, Dale Hanson of Middlefield, CT, Bruce Hanson of New Haven, CT and Christy Kerr of Eaton, CO: six grand children and three great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Carolyn De Bose formerly of Quincy, FL, one grandchild, Arlene Cook Daughtry; and his brother Nestle Zielinski.
Funeral mass will be celebrated by the Rev. Joseph Callipari at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church on Navy Blvd on November, 29 at 8:15 with interment to follow at the Barrances National Cemetery.

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Published in the Pensacola News Journal on Nov. 27, 2007.
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