Gary Zalenski

October 22, 1951 ~ February 18, 2021 (age 69)


Gary “Big Guy” Zalenski, 69, of New Brighton, passed away on Thursday, February 18, 2021 in Heritage Valley Beaver.

Born on October 22, 1951, he was the son of Stanley Zalenski and Louise Lombardo. Gary graduated from Ambridge High School in 1970 and continued his education at Geneva College where he obtained a Bachelor’s of Science degree. He worked as a laborer for J&L Steel Company, from which he then retired.  After retiring, Gary worked various other jobs including delivering newspapers for the Beaver County Times for 14 years to help his companion Marcia.  He was a member of the American Legion Post 19, the United Croatian Club of New Brighton, and the New Brighton Eagles. He was also an avid Pittsburgh sports fan.

Along with his parents, he is preceded in death by his brother, Kevin Zalenski.

Gary is survived by his loving companion, Marcia Druschel; brother, David Zalenski; half-brother, Joe Lombardo; step-sons, Paul Druschel III, and Jarrod (Hope) Druschel; step-daughter, Michelle Rossi; and three step-grandchildren, Johnathon and Alexis Rossi, and Faith Prater.

Friends will be received on Sunday from 1:00 to 5:00 pm in the GABAUER FUNERAL HOME- 1133 Penn Ave. New Brighton.  A private funeral service will be held with Pastor Lon Hogue officiating. 

Private interment will be in Sylvania Hills Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, please make any donations to the funeral home in Gary’s name. All contributions will be sent to a charity of the family’s choosing at a later date.

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February 21, 2021

1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Gabauer Family Funeral Homes
1133 Penn Avenue
New Brighton, PA 15066

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