Thomas Zielinski

Thomas P. Zielinski

1948 - 2019

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Thomas P. Zielinski   "Loving father and grandfather"

Olean, NY     Thomas P. Zielinski, 70, of 806 S. Union St. Ext., passed away Friday (June 7, 2019) at the Buffalo General Hospital following a brief illness.

Born September 16, 1948 in Buffalo he was the son of Joseph and Clara Zielinski of Buffalo.  He was married to Cathy Schwartz who predeceased him in 2012.  In recent years he was the loving companion to Rennette "Cathy" Bedard of Olean.

Thomas was educated in the Buffalo school district and worked for a number of years at the former Buffalo Iron Works.  He later worked for Buffalo City Missions prior to his retirement.

He was an avid reader of many different genres and was well versed on many topics.  He was also a very active member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie #616 in Olean where he had been currently serving as its Outside Guard.    It was of great importance to him to visit Cathy's family, his "new" family, and their children in California, as often as possible.

He leaves behind his loving companion Cathy Bedard; 1 son Derrick Zielinski; 1 daughter Holly Schwartz of Buffalo; several grandchildren; his "second" family Bill (Grace) Fitch of Modesto, CA and their daughters Nichole and Krystina; Roger (Val) Bedard of Hinsdale, Woody Bedard of Olean, Rudy (Arvella) Rossignol of Riverside, CA and Ruth (Pete Vaughn) Fitch of Olean.

In addition to his wife Cathy he was predeceased by a granddaughter Bianca.

At Mr. Zielinski's request, there will be no prior visitation.  A celebration of life service will be held at a later date at a time and place to be announced.  Burial will take place later at Mt. View Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Olean Fraternal Order of Eagles #616, 309 N. Union St., Olean, NY 14760.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Casey, Halwig & Hartle Funeral Home.  Online condolences may be expressed at

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