Frank S. Zielinski
March 26, 2016
Frank Stephen Zielinski, affectionately known by many as "Fritz" or "Fritzy," 72, of Bay City, our hilarious, passionate, and caring husband, dad, grandpa, papa, brother, uncle, and friend was born in eternal life on the morning of Saturday, March 26, 2016 at McLaren Bay Region with his family by his side. Fritz was born in Bay City on December 17, 1943, the son of the late Aloysius and Mary (Sniecinski) Zielinski. He attended St. Stanislaus Elementary and High School and while at a dance club near State Park, he met the former Phyllis Anne Homant. They dated, fell in love, and were united in marriage on September 2, 1967. Fritz was known for his excellent and meticulous work ethic and worked at Midland Contracting, Linwood Tool, and Cambron Tool. He retired from General Motors (Saginaw Steering Gear). Fritz was a devout Catholic and a parishioner of Corpus Christi Parish (St. Hedwig Church). In his free time, Fritz enjoyed hunting, fishing anywhere possible, golfing, bowling, trapping, trail riding, camping, and spending time at Mid Forest Lodge. Known for his knack with gadgets, Fritz was excellent at making fishing lures and designing all types of helpful contraptions. Fritz also enjoyed spending time at Sand Lake, Pulaski Hall, and was a member of the Crump Fox Club. Throughout life, he received two master angler fishing awards, and caught the second largest brook trout in the State of Michigan. He received many golfing and bowling awards, and even had a 300 bowling game. Fritz was also the recipient of the Archery Buck of the Year Award (Mid Forest Lodge). He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife of forty-eight years, Phyllis and their children, Stephen (Jennifer) Zielinski, Victoria (Adam) Funk, Amanda (Andrew) Werling, and Lance Zielinski. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Alek and Branden Zielinski, Leah, Anna, and Gabriella Funk, and Phillip Werling. Also surviving are Fritz's siblings, Mary Jane Sigelko, Jeanette Wolcott, Aloysius "Jim" Zielinski, Nancy (Mike) Nowak, John "Jack" (JoAnne) Zielinski; in-laws, Marjorie (Michael) Sheridan, along with many nieces, nephews, and friends. In addition to his parents, Fritz was welcomed home to heaven by his father and mother-in-law, Victor and Anne (Boyk) Homant; in-laws, Ben Sigelko, Kathleen Zielinski, James Wolcott, and niece, Karen Martin. Fritz's family will be present to receive visitors on Friday, April 1, 2016 from 9:00 AM until the time of his 10:00 AM Memorial Liturgy at Corpus Christi Parish (St. Hedwig Church), 601 W. Pearl St., Bay City. Fr. Kevin Kerbawy will officiate with the Rite of Committal to be held at 1:00 PM in Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to The Down Syndrome Guild of Southeast Michigan. Final arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Skorupski Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 955 N. Pine Rd., Hampton Twp. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family online at www.skorupskis.com.