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John Zelenski

December 19, 1934 ~ February 26, 2022 (age 87)


John “Big John” Allen Zelenski, age 87, of Princeton, WI, passed away on Saturday, February 26, 2022, at Martha’s in Princeton. He was born on December 19, 1934, in the township of Princeton, the son of Frank and Mary (Lese) Zelenski.


John was a graduate of Princeton High School. He went on to further his education graduating from the Milwaukee School of Engineering with a degree in mechanical engineering and welding. He served apprenticeships at both Norbergs and Harley Davidson in Milwaukee before taking a job at Speed Queen in Ripon, WI, working in the special services department. John went on to build the Princeton Laundromat and then opened his own business, Big John’s Appliance Sales and Service, running the business for many years before his retirement in 2015.


John married Sandra Schlaegel at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Princeton. They were married 58 years at the time of Sandy’s passing in 2020. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, bowling, the Green Bay Packers and had  loved traveling with his wife, Sandy. John had a love for Polka music until the very end. He was a generous man and always tried to help anyone anyway he could. He will be greatly missed.


Those John leaves behind to cherish his memory include his 3 sons, Guy (Kathy) Zelenski of Pasadena, CA, Scott Zelenski and Mike Zelenski of Princeton, WI; 2 grandchildren, Dale Schultz of Montello, WI, Jolene Zelenski of Pasadena, CA; many nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Mary Zelenski; his wife, Sandy Zelenski; 2 sisters, Mary Jean Mevis and Roslyn Zodrow.


In honoring John’s wishes there will be no service. Please visit our website to send a condolence or to share a memory of John with his family.


Enjoy that PBR in Polish Heaven “Big John”.

Forever Love: your family and many friends everywhere.


Wachholz and Sons Funeral Home

Sunset Cremation Center in Princeton

Serving the Family, 920-295-6631

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