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Sigmund A. "Ziggy" Wesolowski, 87.

SHIRLEY Sigmund A. "Ziggy" Wesolowski, a life-long resident of Shirley, trusted advisor, accomplished businessman, decorated war hero, community servant, devoted husband, father and grandfather, and friend to many, died on Sunday, January 11th at the age of 87.

Born on January 31, 1921, he was the son of the late Wojciech and Rose (Golas) Wesolowski and both hardworking immigrants from Poland. He spent his childhood years on Rodman Avenue in Shirley where a close family and a tight community instilled a strong sense of his Polish heritage. He graduated from Ayer High School This school is located in Ayer, Massachusetts. Their school colors are Maroon and White. An interesting fact about the Ayer High School's current principle is that Mr. Donald Parker was previously a teacher before he became principle. , where he was president of his class, and was accepted to Notre Dame University in South Bend, Indiana This article is about the city in Indiana, US. For other uses of the name South Bend, see South Bend (disambiguation).
South Bend is a city in St. Joseph County, Indiana, United States.

Following his graduation from Notre Dame University in 1942 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics, he enlisted in the US Navy where he attended basic training and Officer's Candidate School in South Bend, Indiana, and Evansville, Virginia, before picking up his ship, LST LST left sacrotransverse (position of fetus).  246. From 1942 to 1946, he served in the Pacific Theatre in the role of beach master and coordinated landings at Kwajalein and Enewetak Atolls, Palau, Saipan and Tinian Islands. Upon assignment to the staff of the Landing Craft Commodore in Iwo Jima, he was responsible for transferring supplies and troops into shore, and wounded soldiers back to the hospital ship. When under air attack while performing his duties, Mr. Wesolowski was injured in 1946 and transferred to Chelsea Naval Hospital where he received an honorable discharge as a Lieutenant Senior Grade. He was awarded the World War II Victory Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, the Philippine Liberation Medal The Philippine Liberation Medal is a military award of the Republic of the Philippines which was created by an order of Commonwealth of the Philippines Army Headquarters on December 20 1944. , the Good Conduct Medal, and the Presidential Unit Citation The Presidential Unit Citation is a senior unit award granted to military units which have performed an extremely meritorious or heroic act, usually in the face of an armed enemy.  Medal. He was a member of the American Legion for more than 60 years.

After the war, he completed a program in textile engineering at the University of Lowell, while working at Samson Cordage cordage (kôr`dĭj), collective name for rope and other flexible lines. It is used for such purposes as wrapping, hauling, lifting, and power transmission. Early man used strips of hide, animal hair, and plant materials.  and teaching mathematics and driver's education at Ayer High School. After several years with Arms Textile in Manchester, New Hampshire This article is about the city in New Hampshire. For other uses, see Manchester (disambiguation).
Manchester is the largest city in the U.S. state of New Hampshire and the largest city of northern New England, an area composed of Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.
, he embarked on a career with Pandora Sportswear, Inc, an association that would define his professional career. He retired in 1989 as president of Pandora Sportswear. A natural leader, he was actively involved in several professional organizations, which included New England Knitted Outerwear Manufacturing Association and National Knitwear and Sportswear Association often serving as director, president or vice president.

In addition to his professional career, Mr. Wesolowski maintained an interest in community and national politics. Having settled in Shirley in 1946 with his wife, Gladys Pliska of Fitchburg, MA, he held a seat on the school committee, acted as town moderator and served as selectman se·lect·man  
One of a board of town officers chosen annually in New England communities to manage local affairs.

Noun 1. selectman - an elected member of a board of officials who run New England towns
 for 12 years. His political interests expanded beyond Shirley when he became a campaign secretary to John F. Kennedy "John Kennedy" and "JFK" redirect here. For other uses, see John Kennedy (disambiguation) and JFK (disambiguation).
John Fitzgerald Kennedy (May 29, 1917–November 22, 1963), was the thirty-fifth President of the United States, serving from 1961 until his assassination in
 in 1959. Mr. Wesolowski and his wife attended the Kennedy inauguration in 1961. He served on the Committee of the Status of Women in the U.S. at the request of Eleanor Roosevelt during the Kennedy administration.

A communicant at St. Anthony's Church in Shirley, Mr. Wesolowski was a member of the Holy Name Society and frequent auctioneer at the church's annual bazaar. In 1985, he was inducted into the Knights of Malta Knights of Malta and Knights of Rhodes: see Knights Hospitalers.
Knights of Malta
 or Hospitallers in full (since 1961) Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of St.
 at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York. Following a devastating fire in 1993, Mr. Wesolowski spearheaded, along with his good friend, the late Bob Lambert, the fundraising drive to rebuild St. Anthony's Church, a herculean effort at a time when the Boston Archdiocese was beginning to close parishes.

Lifelong pride in their Polish heritage brought Mr. and Mrs. Wesolowski to the Vatican on three occasions where they had private audiences with Pope John Paul II Pope John Paul II (Latin: Ioannes Paulus PP. II, Italian: Giovanni Paolo II, Polish: Jan Paweł II) born Karol Józef Wojtyła  . Their warm and friendly conversations were conducted in Polish. Mr. Wesolowski ran a successful fundraiser for the Catholic University American Library on behalf of the John Paul Foundation.

Dedicated to service, Mr. Wesolowski was a member of the Ayer Rotary Club often designing and organizing new fundraising events. He also served on the executive committee of the board of directors for the Nashoba Valley Medical Center and was instrumental in building its emergency wing. Mr. Wesolowski also enjoyed his role as a member of the Board of Trustees board of trustees Politics The posse of thugs who oversee an institution's administration. See Board of directors.  of North Middlesex Savings Bank, a position he held for over 20 years until his "second" retirement in 2008.

An avid vegetable gardener all his life, Mr. Wesolowski was known for his rhubarb and basil at local farm stands. He enjoyed picking blueberries, strawberries and mushrooms, often sharing his bounty with family and friends. Fishing, chopping wood and playing the slot machines at Foxwoods were also favorite pastimes.

Mr. Wesolowski is survived by his wife of 65 years, Gladys; daughter Rosemary and Richard Cella of Leominster, and their children Angela and Jason Cella of Tampa, FL; daughter Joan Wesolowski and her daughter Hayle of Concord, daughter Diana Wesolowski of Northampton, daughter Lisa and her husband Jim Furnivall of Wilton, CT, and their sons Garrett and Jack; and sister Genevieve Kacmarczyk of Acton.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 AM Saturday, January 17th at St. Anthony's Church, 14 Phoenix Street, Shirley. Burial will be in the parish cemetery.

Calling hours are Friday, January 16th from 3:00 - 6:00. at the T.J. Anderson & Son Funeral Home, 25 Fitchburg Road, (Rte 2A) Ayer. Please see for additional information.

Memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Wesolowski's name to the American Heart Association American Heart Association (AHA), a national voluntary health agency that has the goal of increasing public and medical awareness of cardiovascular diseases and stroke, and thereby reducing the number of associated deaths and disabilities.
, the American Diabetes Association The American Diabetes Association, or the ADA, is an American health organization providing diabetes research, information and advocacy. Founded in 1940, the American Diabetes Association conducts programs in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, reaching hundreds of  or a personal charity of your choice.

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Date:Jan 14, 2009
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