Estelle Noguess Zalewski, 88, of Pinehurst, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2008 at her home. A Mass of the Resurrection will be at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 18, in the San Damiano Center at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 4300 Meeks Drive in Orange. The celebrant will be Father Tom Phelan, pastor of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. Rite of Committal and Entombment will follow in the Mausoleum of St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Orange. The family will receive friends from 5 until 8 p.m. and a Christian wake service conducted by Deacon Harvey DuBois will be held at 6:30 p.m., Friday at Dorman Funeral Home in Orange.
Born on Jan. 7, 1920 in Orange to Asa and Maude (Fuller) Noguess, she was a lifelong resident of the Orange area and worked for the Southwestern Bell Telephone Company as a service representative and retired in 1981. Mrs. Zalewski enjoyed quilting, was a caregiver to her sister, Peggy and her sister-in-law, Dot. She worked hard taking care of things in her home, enjoyed canning food and vegetables and was a great cook. She met her husband, Raymond A. “Ski” Zalewski when he came to Orange while in the United States Navy in November of 1946. She and Ski met while they both attended an entertainment function with the U.S.O. in Orange. Ski and Estelle were married on March 7, 1948 in Orange.
Preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Theta Peveto; her brothers, A. J. “Johnny” Noguess, Forrest Noguess, Morris E. “Tobe” Noguess and C. A. “Ike” Noguess.
Those who will most cherish her memory are her loving husband of 61 years, Raymond A. “Ski” Zalewski of Orange; her sister, Peggy Noguess Dunkin of Orange; nieces, Carole Land of Houston, Dianne Udstuen of Dallas and Maureen Star of Houston; nephew, Michael Noguess of Orange; grandnieces, Vanessa Vincent and Rebekah Folst; grandnephews, Nelson Udstuen, Matthew Land, Blaine Vincent and Kyle Kaplan, who is currently with the United States Air Force. Mrs. Zalewski is also survived by numerous other extended family and friends.
Pallbearers for the services will be Michael Noguess, Blaine Vincent, Matthew Land, Steven Starr and Woody Dorman III.
Funeral services are under the direction of Dorman Funeral Home in Orange.