WAUNAKEE - Ronald Alexander Zaleski "Z",54, of Waunakee, Wis. passed away peacefully surrounded by his loved ones on Wednesday, February 15, 2017, at St. Mary's Hospital in Madison, Wis.
Ron was born on June 1, 1962 in Danville, Pennsylvania to Ronald John Zaleski and the late Anna Rita Giacomini. Ron married the love of his life and high school sweetheart Lisa on April 29,1989 at the United States Naval Academy Chapel. He is survived by his wife, Lisa; Son, Ronald; Daughters, Olivia and Madalyne; Father, Ronald John of Atlas, PA; Sister, LouAnn Shively of Mifflinburg, PA.; many nieces and nephews and the most recent addition of a great niece, Norah.
Ron spent his early years in Mt Carmel and graduated from Mt Carmel Area High School. At Mt Carmel Ron lettered four years in both Football and Basketball and was all-league in both. Ron accepted an appointment to the United States Naval Academy. While at the academy Ron lettered in varsity football and was a starter his senior year. Ron was on the team that defeated the 2nd ranked team in the country, South Carolina at home. An achievement that still stands today as the highest ranked football team the United States Naval Academy has defeated at their home stadium. Ron was a popular Midshipman, both on and off the field. Ron was commissioned an officer in the United States Marine Corps and served proudly for seven years, Ron separated from the United States Marine Corps with the rank of Captain.
After the Marine Corps, Ron began working in the food manufacturing sector as a plant manager and eventually ended up as a Vice-President.
Ron's hobbies include: spending time with his children, fishing, hunting, watching sports, and walking his dog Arabella. He attended weekly masses at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Waunakee.
Family and friends are invited to visit at Winn-Cress Funeral Home, 5785 Hwy Q, Waunakee, on Sunday February 19, 2017 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. A Prayer Service will take place at 3 p.m. The service will be held by Reverend Monsignor James Gunn. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St Johns' endowment fund.
A special thanks for the wonderful care he received over the years from Dr William Lydiatt, MD and his team at the University of Nebraska; Dr William Vokes and his team at the University of Chicago; Dr Andrew Baschnagel at UW Medical Center; Dr Lisa LePeak and staff at Dean; and most recently, the fabulous MICU staff, and Dr Eric Marty, palliative care director at St Mary's Hospital in Madison, WI. Also, the caring pharmacy staff of Walgreens in Waunakee, WI.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on April 29th, 2017 at Divine Redeemer Catholic Church in Mount Carmel, Pennsylvania. In lieu of flowers, donations to honor Ron's memory may be made to the Mother Maria Kaupas Center, c/o Father Martin Moran, Pastor, 438 W. Avenue, Mt. Carmel, PA 17851
Winn-Cress Funeral Home
5785 Hwy Q
Waunakee, WI 53597
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