Miriam S. Zalenski

July 22, 1940July 6, 2018

Miriam Stephanie Zalenski, age 77, of Monroe, Connecticut passed away on Friday July 6, 2018. Miriam was born July 22, 1940 in Queens, New York to Ernest and Norine Meyers.

Miriam was preceded in death by her beloved husband Thadeus Zalenski. She is survived by her loving children, Ted (Therese) Zalenski, Wayne (Lisa) Zalenski, and Daniel Zalenski. She also leaves behind her cherished grandchildren, Thadeus Zalenski, Carrisa Zalenski, Tyler Zalenski, Chloe Zalenski, Therese Zalenski and Truly Patterson. Miriam also had several siblings including Carol, Norine, Andy, Barbara and Pam.

Miriam was known for her love of crossword and jigsaw puzzles. She also enjoyed gardening and treasured her time with her grandchildren. Miriam was an active member of the Monroe Congregational Church and worked with the “Project From the Heart” program to help send thousands of care packages to military members stationed overseas. Miriam could talk for hours to anyone and will be remembered for her sense of humor.

A visitation for Miriam will be held Sunday, July 15, 2018 from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM at the Spadaccino and Leo P. Gallagher & Son Community Funeral Home, 315 Monroe Turnpike, Monroe, CT. A funeral service will take place Monday, July 16, 2018 at 11:00 AM at the Monroe Congregational Church, 34 Church Street, Monroe, CT.

In lieu of flowers please donate to Project from the Heart HSC. Donations may be sent to Shirley Sambrook, 314 Shoreham Village, Fairfield, CT 06825. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Zalenski family.


  • Visitation Sunday, July 15, 2018
  • Funeral Service Monday, July 16, 2018

Miriam S. Zalenski

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Mariette Kammerer(Spadaccini)

July 15, 2018

I am shocked to learn this morning 7-15-2018 in Patch that Miriam passed away. I knew the Zalenski Family since 1980, both Miriam and husband Ted. Miriam and Ted were known to help others , always an 'open door'.....and they were always in my heart, no matter what part of the world I was living at.

I had the pleasure of working with Miriam on her 'Project from the Heart' on Radio + TV, from 2008 on, to raise more puplic awareness.....and all my sponsor's contribution I would donate to the project, just in the last three years.

Miriam, I am deeply sorry that you have left us. I am so sorry to find out about your passing this way...and my sincere , heartfelt condolences to all children + grandchilden. I know, you will be missed terribly.

Trees Whitbeck

July 12, 2018

So sad to say goodbye to Miriam. She was open and welcoming and always had something nice to say and share. She introduced me to her granddaughter Theresa who also always makes me happy when I see her at church.

I will miss Miriam,
My sincerest condolences to your family.

Jennifer Zimmermann

July 12, 2018

Although distance kept us apart, I knew Aunt Mim to be a kind hearted soul. I will never forget the day we brought my first-born daughter over to meet her Great-Aunt Mim. Aunt Mim was thrilled to see, hold and play with her. Aunt Mim never ever forgot to remember my birthday with a card (and I'm in my early 50's), nor let a Christmas go without sending a card. She would call me from time to time, especially more frequently when my dad (her brother) was ill. She always made me feel loved, and I hope she knew that she was loved by me in return. May God rest her soul. My condolences to my cousins Ted, Wayne & Danny and their families.

Pam Phillips

July 12, 2018

Some would call her Mimi, Mim or Big Red, she called herself Gorgeous and she was inside and out. I will always call her Miriam. Miriam had a heart bigger then life itself and with that heart she touched many. She never knew a stranger and would say "You got to be kidding me, you know them" and the story would go on for hours as long as there was coffee to be had.
Lord mend the broken hearts of as she would say HER BOYS and their families, and those dear to her. This hymn came to mind...Here I am Lord, it is I Lord, I heard you calling and here I am.

Jennifer Chandler-Autrey (Zalenski)

July 11, 2018

In loving memory of a wonderful person. Aunt Mimi we will love you and miss you always. I still to this day reminisce about all the Holidays we shared and the traditions that were made. Miss those years! My love to the entire family. Wish I could be there, but know I am there in spirit.

Wednesday Furman

July 10, 2018

Mrs. Z, as she was affectionately called, was a kind, gentle and great person. My fondest memory was sitting around my kitchen table while she visited my home in Shelton, CT as we played Trivia Pursuit. She was a smart witted woman with ALL the right answers. She will always be remembered by this memory. My condolences to Teddy (Teresa and kids), Danny (and daughters) and the rest of the Zalenski family.