obit: Albert Zelisko
Albert Zelisko, 91, of Bryan, a Haskell native, died Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012, at a Bryan nursing center.
He was born May 13, 1921, to William and Mary Zelisko and was raised in the Irby Community, east of Haskell, along with four sisters.
During the later years of the Great Depression, he worked in a National Youth Administration work program to help support his family. During World War II, he served in Co. B in the 160th Engineer Battalion of the U.S. Army in Europe. After the war, he returned to Haskell County, where he farmed. The drought of the 1950s encouraged him to find another line of work and he became a heavy equipment mechanic for Amis Construction Co., based in Oklahoma.
In 1955, he married Alma Steinfath, also of the Irby Community. They had three children. The family lived in various places in Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas, while he worked on highway, airport runway and dam construction projects. In 1967, the family settled in Waco, where he worked for a local construction company. He later worked for Foster-Wheeler Inc., in its McGregor shop until his retirement.
He enjoyed collecting coins, buying antique guns at flea markets and restoring them, fishing and hunting, playing dominoes, and visiting with friends and family. A farmer at heart, he enjoyed gardening and tended to an assortment of plants outside his room at the assisted living center where he stayed until November. He was a Lutheran.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Alma; and two sisters, Ella Howard and Lillie Lehnert.
Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Larry and Nancy Zelisko of Abilene; two daughters and son-in-laws, Connie and Rob Adams of Spring; and Carole and Ted Oplinger of Bryan; two sisters, Frances Weise of Haskell and Dora Kretschmer of Wichita Falls; eight grandchildren, Matt and Amanda Zelisko of Pearland, Melanie Zelisko of Stephenville, Gary and Laurel Adams of Spring, and Johanna, Russell and Nathan Oplinger, all of Bryan; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013, at Trinity Lutheran Church, directed by Smith Family Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Willow Cemetery.
The family requests donations be made to Our Saviour's Lutheran Church, 1001 Woodcreek Drive, College Station, TX 77845, or the American Diabetes Association.
Published in Abilene Reporter-News on January 1, 2013