Jeanette Elaine (Dodd) Zielinski, 93, Leavenworth, went to heaven on Saturday, May 2, 2020 surrounded by her family.
Jeanette was a deep-rooted life-long resident of Leavenworth. She was born April 28, 1927 to Theodore and Anna (Finneran) Dodd. She had 11 siblings. She attended Glen Valley School in Leavenworth County, where she graduated from the eighth grade in 1941.
She married Joseph S. Zielinski on Oct. 20, 1948. Together they had six children: three boys and three girls. She was a homemaker and an entrepreneur. Jeanette and Joe owned many businesses in Leavenworth. They built Joe’s Self-Service Shoe Store, they bought the old Chuck Wagon tavern renaming it Joe’s Place, and they owned and operated Southside Bait Shop, all located in the 1700 block of Fourth Street across from Abele’s Field.
Jeanette was a league bowler and won many trophies. She loved crafts, knitting, crocheting, and owned her own kiln, where she created many beautiful ceramic pieces. She was a self-taught artist and won awards at the Sabine Art Guild in Louisiana for her paintings. She quilted many beautiful quilts and gifted them to the special people in her life. She did it all!
Jeanette and Joe built a log cabin in Zwolle, Louisiana and shared many wonderful years with their children and grandchildren, swimming, boating, fishing, and cooking (the kids especially loved the open fire fruit pies). During her time in Louisiana, Jeanette attended night school and received her GED from Zwolle High School at the age of 69. She never felt that she was too old to learn new things.
Jeanette was a social butterfly. She was a member of many organizations here and in Louisiana, but she was especially proud to be a member of VFW Post 56. She considered them her second family and enjoyed having her one Coors Light (for medicinal purposes only) with her friends.
She inherited her love of country music and dance from her parents. As a young woman she was in a car accident with damage to her leg, on first inspection the doctor made the comment “that she may never walk again” and her response was “ I will dance”! And She did!! She was dubbed “The Dancing Queen”. She could outlast anyone on the dance floor. She loved life and intended to live to 100.
Jeanette is preceded in death by her loving husband, Joseph, two sons, Joseph and James, son-in-law, Ronald Thompson, five brothers and three sisters.
She is survived by her son, John Paul (Debbie Kerr) Zielinski, Terrell, Texas; daughters, Joette (John) McKenzie, Magnolia, Texas, Janice Thompson, Leavenworth, Judy (Rob) Robinson, Conroe, Texas, and daughter-in-law, Lynn Zielinski, Kihei, Hawaii, 13 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren, three sisters and many nieces and nephews.
Rosary will be said on May 21, 2020 with private visitation following at Belden-Larkin Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, May 22, 2020 at St. Joseph Church with Fr. David McEvoy, O.Carm., officiating. Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery, next to her husband, Joseph.
Donation may be made to VFW Post 56 Relief Fund.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Belden Larkin Funeral Home.