The Rose A. Zielinski Memorial Fund
Organized by: Linda Kunicki
We are celebrating a life of almost 94 years by doing fundraising for 2 causes close to Rose's heart- Children with complex medical issues and Shelties who have been rescued and research of diseases for both.
When someone lives this long we as a family felt you celebrate their life not mourn the loss. There is no better way than to support the causes that they had a passion for and helped.
Below is just part of Rose’s life story being shared here for now so you can understand why her memorial celebration includes a fundraiser in her name.
Rose A.(Losievski) Zielinski lived a very long, hard life but made it to 93 yrs and 10 months old to the date! She was widowed at age 35 with 2 small children and did not retire until she was 74 after being an accountant for many years.
Why is she known as THE RAFFLE LADY
Rose, did anything she could for 2 causes close to her heart- Shelties and Children with medical needs. It was in the Sheltie world that she earned that title as for over 25 years she sold those ‘winning’ tickets to many fanciers at the Chicagoland SSC shows and at the 1997 ASSA National. The last time she sold tickets was at the 2013 CSSC February show, she was 91 then.
As for why the Children's causes-
When Rose was born in 1921 her family were farmers, the kind that pulled the plows themselves when they didn’t have a horse or mule. Her mother did some of that and they ate what they could raise themselves. There was only 14 months between Rose and her sister Stella so their mom’s body had not recovered the nutrients needed to carry another baby. When Rose was delivered by a local midwife who was African-American her joints and bones were all out of place and twisted. That midwife wrapped her in rags to straighten the bones and as we know that worked quite well for Rose.
Rose also had a cousin, Christine Frontczak, who as a child was diagnosed with Muscular Dystrophy.
These two things made Rose very passionate about Children’s causes. She raised many funds for Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago by collecting prizes and then selling the raffle tickets.
So that is the story of Why Children’s causes , but what of the Shelties?
When Rose was a young girl she lived on a farm. They had a large sheltie named Trixie.
One day Rose was sent to the fields to do some chores where their bull was grazing. The bull felt disturbed by her presence and charged after her. She ran but he was in hot pursuit, when suddenly Trixie came running, distracted the bull and Rose was able to get out of the field. Rose feels Trixie saved her life and began the life long love of Shelties. That love for Shelties went on to her daughter, Linda, who has raised and shown Shelties for over 25 years and Rose became "The Raffle Lady".
That is some small snippets of a very long life that crossed many people’s paths and we are sure had an impact on many along the way. It also served in teaching her family to not only show their passion but to support it with good deeds. Therefore, in her memory we are celebrating her life and raising funds in her honor for the causes she loved so much.
We will be raising funds for causes or diseases, etc being researched or supported by organizations such as:
Ann & Robert Lurie Children’s Hospital
CURED Foundation - Campaign Urging Research for Eosinophilic Disease
Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago
University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children's Hospital
American Shetland Sheepdog Association (ASSA) Foundation - for rescue operations and health research