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Homemaker did everything with a passion

| Thursday, July 20, 2006

It was well-known in Richland that no project was too large or too small for Sis Shinsky to tackle.

When her older daughters joined the Girl Scouts, Mrs. Shinsky became a Scout leader, and when her younger daughters showed interest in joining the Bakerstown Legion Lancers, she became the director.

Rosalia J. "Sis" Boehm Zielinski Shinsky, of Richland, died on Monday, July 17, 2006, in Allegheny General Hospital, North Side. She was 80.

"My mother baked for funerals," said her daughter, Mary Rose Shinsky, of Edinboro, Erie County. "She made wedding dresses for relatives and afghans for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren who were being baptized.

"There weren't enough hours in the day for my mother. She was exuberant in everything she did. And she did it with a passion. She loved life."

When Mrs. Shinsky decided to join the handbell choir at St. Richard Roman Catholic Church in Richland, it was another step in a musical career that began in her parents' home in the Spring Hill section of Pittsburgh.

"My grandfather, Anthony Boehm, was the musical director at St. Ambrose Church in Spring Hill," her daughter said. "And with the exception of my grandmother, Mary, all of her brothers and sisters were musically inclined.

"My mother played both the piano and the organ. My uncles, who belonged to bands, played the drums, clarinets and trumpets, and my aunt sang.

"Mom loved to dance and became a hostess for the USO canteen in downtown Pittsburgh."

Mary Rose Shinsky said that when the family gathered at her parents' home at Christmas, her mother would play carols on the organ.

In 1946, Rosalia Boehm married Frank Zielinski, a resident of Export, Westmoreland County, and an Army infantry veteran of World War II.

He died in 1977, and in 1982 she married Robert Shinsky.

Besides her husband and daughter, Mrs. Shinsky is survived by nine other children, Barbara A. Adams, of Virginia Beach, Va.; Deborah A. Sill, of Hampton; Frank W. Zielinski, of Suffolk, Va.; Audrey Elliot and James and Amy Shinsky, all of Fort Worth, Texas; Elizabeth Shinsky, of Houston, Texas; John Shinsky, of Plano, Texas, and Richard Shinsky, of Butler; two sisters, Clara Rothert, of Ross, and Wilma Reis, of Spring Hill; a brother, Herbert Boehm, of Irwin, Westmoreland County; 20 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

In addition to her first husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Edward Shinsky; sister, Edith Jakovac; and two brothers, Frank and Joseph Boehm.

Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at the Herbert R. King Jr. Funeral Home, Route 8 at 2841 Woodland Circle, Hampton.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Friday in St. Richard Roman Catholic Church, Dickey Road, Richland, with the Rev. Ken Oldenski officiating. Burial will be in Holy Savior Cemetery.

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