Mary Ellen Zylinski

Posted: Tuesday, December 02, 2003

Former Juneau resident Mary Ellen Zylinski, 73, died Nov. 19, 2003, at St. Mary's Medical Center in Duluth, Minn.

She was born May 20, 1930, in Donora, Pa., the daughter of the late George and Margaret (Kelly) Major. She attended Donora schools and graduated from Donora High School in 1948. She received nurse's training at Western Pennsylvania Hospital in Pittsburgh, becoming a registered nurse in 1951. She was employed at West Penn Hospital for two years. She married Joseph Zylinski on Aug. 25, 1952, in Winchester, Va. She served in various nursing capacities, including school and emergency room nursing, home health care and geriatrics, in Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Colorado, Wyoming, Virginia, Utah, Alaska and Maryland. She worked as the head emergency nurse at Bartlett Regional Hospital for a number of years, from the mid-1970s to the mid-1980s.

Her family said, "She was an excellent cook and especially enjoyed baking pies. She was gifted artistically and was musically inclined, playing the piano. Mary Ellen was a loving and strong influence in the lives of her daughters, nieces, nephews and grandchildren. She served as the matriarch of the family."

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Mary Margaret, in infancy.

She is survived by her husband, Joseph Zylinski; daughters, Susan Olson of Anchorage, and Barbara (Lorris) Mizrahi of Istanbul, Turkey; grandchildren, Robert Joseph and Dana Olson, both of Anchorage, Megan Olson of Tucson, Ariz., and Sophia and Nina Mizrahi of Istanbul; great-grandson, Keiran Michael Olson; brother, Singleton F. (Mary) Major of Milwaukee, Wis.; sister, Margaret Helms of Trenton, N.J.; and multiple nieces and nephews.

Funeral services have already been held.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Carnegie Library Building Fund.

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