OBITUARY

Frances W. Zaloski

May 6, 1937March 25, 2021

Frances Weinmayr Zaloski, of Clearwater, Florida was born on May 6, 1937 in Woodbury, New Jersey and passed away on March 25, 2021 at her residence, in Clearwater, Florida. Fran was the beloved wife of the late Alfred Zaloski with whom she shared fifty years of marriage. Fran and Al moved to their retirement home at On Top of the World, (OTOW) Clearwater in 1994 from Southbury, Connecticut. Fran was the daughter of the late Victor M. and Lena C. Weinmayr (nee: Clark). Besides her parents and husband, she was predeceased by her brother, V. Michael Weinmayr and sister, Marie Weinmayr Howell. Ms. Zaloski taught in the New Milford, Connecticut public school system from 1959 to 1992 after earning a Bachelor's Degree in health and physical education from the University of West Chester and a Masters Degree in guidance from the University of Hartford. Her career awards both in college and at the high school are significantly noteworthy. As chairman of the New Milford High School's physical education department for twelve years, Coach Zaloski's teams excelled. Her field hockey teams made it to state tournaments every year while her softball and basketball teams achieved league championships repeatedly. She was always proud to say that many of her students went on to play at Yale, Dartmouth, UConn and other prestigious colleges and several returned to coach at New Milford High. Named Coach of the Year for three years, Distinguished Alumni at West Chester University in 1992, Connecticut HS Coach Assoc Hall of Fame 1991, Connecticut Field Hockey Hall of Fame in 2016 and honored in 1991 with New Milford's "Fran Zaloski Day", she had the ability to look past what's 'good enough' while focusing on making everything better than it was. After retirement, she distinguished herself through community service and fund raising. She enjoyed being a Special Olympics volunteer and was named American Heart Association Volunteer of the Year 1983. Fran was an avid and accomplished golfer. She was a member of Chi-Chi Rodriguez ladies golf league, the OTOW Ladies 18-Hole Golf League and ran the Golden Girls golf league at OTOW where she cherished the friendships she made. As a president and continuing member of the OTOW's Ladies 18-Hole Golf League, she chaired the Susan G. Komen Rally for a Cure for breast cancer research and the Suncoast Hospice Foundation of Pinellas County raising thousands of dollars towards each organization's cause. She was also an active member of the OTOW Travel Club and Computer Club for personal enjoyment and camaraderie during her retirement years. Services to be announced soon. Interment will be at Bushnell National Cemetery, 6502 SW 102nd Ave., Bushnell, Sumter County, FL 33513. In lieu of flowers, donations in Fran's name may be sent to the charity of your own choice.

Services

  • Funeral Mass

    Friday, April 9, 2021

Memories

Frances W. Zaloski

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Doris Lechner Castagno

April 7, 2021

I transferred to NMHS in the middle of my sophomore year, in 1969. Mrs. Z was one of the teachers who made my transition easier. She was a fantastic field hockey coach, and a fair and compassionate person. The world is a better place because of her influence on so many.

cynthia adamski

April 7, 2021

I coached field hockey at Brookfield High School for many years and played New Milford after we moved to the WCC. There was no more fierce competitor than Fran and her highly competitive teams. I had the honor of being inducted into the Ct Field hockey hall of fame in the same class as Fran. I know she meant a lot to her players as well as the sport of field hockey in Ct.
Rest In Peace Fran.
Cyndie Adamski

Lori Gottshall

April 7, 2021

Fran did more than 'belong' to the OTOW Computer Club. She helped with the coffee and other refreshments for years at the Saturday morning meetings. Clean-up is nobody's favorite task, but she did it with a smile on her face. She will be missed.

The last time I saw her in person was when we ran into each other while shopping at the Suncoast Hospice Thrift shop. It was during Covid social distancing time and few people were out. I guess we both were having cabin fever because we just laughed as we came face-to-face in the store - and both of us agreed there was nothing we needed, but we were out shopping anyhow.

Jane Monaghan

April 7, 2021

Fran was our hockey coach, basketball coach, volley ball coach . . .I could go on. I was a New Milford High School student 1962-66 and enjoyed her teaching us, and remembering when she went from Miss to Mrs. She made us ladies all unafraid to push ourselves to the limit, and trusting her leadership. Class of 1966 loved her and wish her family condolences and the knowledge that she has been well remembered.

Miriam Dasic

April 7, 2021

To the family of 'Mrs. Z',

Please know that she had such an impact on everyone who played field hockey at New Milford High School. She was respected and well remembered by myself and my sisters who played over the years.

Miriam (Piccinini) Dasic
NMHS Class of '85

Valerie Vandigrifft Young

April 7, 2021

Mrs Z was my high school field hockey coach. I showed up for the first day of practice freshman year with a loaner stick two decades out of date and no idea about the rules. I'd played soccer, but there was no girls soccer at my high school. No yelling, no abuse, no nonsense. She taught us to play, expected commitment, and made us believe in the team. She never seemed to doubt anyone's potential. She did let them know that they hadn't met it yet. We made it to the state finals 3 of the 4 years that I played. I was the "picked last" kid in PE in elementary school. I played Division I field hockey in college. Be at peace, Mrs. Z. What a difference you made to so many of us.

Nancy Clonaris Caldwell

April 7, 2021

Fran and Al were dear friends of our family. I remember visiting them when they lived in Litchfield. Such dear people. I loved having her as my gym teacher and visiting her in the NMHS halls. She loved her career as coach and teacher, and it showed. Fran will be missed! ♥️

Alexandra Wenzel Thomas

April 6, 2021

Coach Z had a profound influence on my life. Playing field hockey for her taught me so much about who I wanted to be. We learned to work for what we wanted. She always let us know when we did well and when we didn't, she helped us see how we could do better. I was MVP back in 1970. It mattered. Thank you Coach.

Sharon OBrien

April 6, 2021

She was as giving to the non-jocks as she was with her superstars. Good teacher who was demanding but had a hearty heart. We were so lucky to have her.
Thanks, Micheal for posting this.

Ginger Rettenmeier

April 6, 2021

RIP Mrs Z.
She was an amazing coach and mentor. All Throughout HS she was a positive influence for me. Always pushed me to do my best. I carry that with me today. I was blessed to have the opportunity to return after graduating to coach with her in Field Hockey mid 80's.
God Bless you Coach Z. You will live on in many of us.
THANK YOU

FROM THE FAMILY