In Memory of Eleanor S. Zalewski

April 12, 1924 - March 3, 2018

Resided in New Hartford, NY


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Eleanor S. Zalewski, 93, of New Hartford, passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 3, 2018 at Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare after a brief illness.

Eleanor was born on April 12, 1924 in Utica, a daughter of the late Charles and Helen Byszewski Starczewski. She graduated from UFA , married Edward Zalewski on May 1, 1943 in Utica, and lost her beloved husband on July 8, 1986.

Eleanor worked for many years as a legal secretary to the late Kenneth Ray, Esq. She was a devout Catholic who regularly attended mass at the Newman Center on the Utica College Campus. She was a dedicated sports fan who loved watching her grandchildren compete at the various sports they played. She also had a lifelong passion for bridge and continued to play several times a week. She was an avid reader and also loved playing golf.

She is survived by her children, Mary-Ellen Meddleton and her husband Daniel of Corrales, New Mexico, James Zalewski and his wife, Elizabeth of New Hartford; grandchildren, Richard and Rachel Zalewski, Steven and Liane Zalewski, of New Hartford, Erin and Stefan Decosse of Hamilton, Michael Zalewski and Lucia Benackova, and Annika Zalewski, all of New Hartford; great grandchildren, William and Henry Zalewski, Rohm Zalewski and Délia Decosse. Eleanor was also warmly embraced by the Sexton family as a member of their family.

The family offers a heartfelt thank you to the staff of Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare and the Presbyterian Home for the kind and compassionate care given to Eleanor.

A funeral mass will be celebrated on Wednesday at 10:00 at St. John the Evangelist Church, New Hartford. Interment will be in Holy Trinity Cemetery at the convenience of the family. Calling hours will be on Tuesday from 4:00 to 7:00 at the Friedel, Williams & Edmunds Funeral and Cremation Services, 13 Oxford Rd., New Hartford.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the New Hartford Public Library in memory of Eleanor.