Lucille “Lu” Zalesky – The Dickinson Press


Lucille “Lu” Zalesky, 83, Dickinson, died on Tuesday February 8, 2022 at Sanford Health, Bismarck. Lucille’s Christian Burial Mass was held on Saturday February 12, 2022 at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church, Dickinson with Fr. Keith Streifel as celebrant. Burial was in the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, Mandan. A rosary and wake was held at the Ladbury funeral service with Deacon Ron Keller presiding.

Lucille Lupo was born September 6, 1938 in Dickinson, daughter of Louis and Lois (Sargiano) Lupo. Lucille grew up and attended St. Joseph’s Elementary School in Dickinson and graduated from Dickinson Central High School in 1956, where she was a cheerleader. After high school, Lucille got involved in organizing many class reunions with great success.

Lucille met Arlen Zalesky while working together at Dickinson Theaters and married Arlen Zalesky on July 11, 1959 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Dickinson. They were blessed with a daughter, Michelle, of whom they were so proud. Lu worked for 20 years for Dr. ED Haunson’s Chiropractic Clinic as a registered clinical secretary, owned and operated the Shamrock Bar in Dickinson for 20 years with her husband Arlen. She also worked 25 years for H&R Block in Dickinson.

Lu kept a pristine home and yard, enjoyed puzzles, watched game shows, as well as high school and all professional sports on TV. She also belonged to the Dickinson Elks Club.

She was a sweet grandma and always had treats on the kitchen table if anyone stopped by. Lu enjoyed shopping for many hours with her daughter, Michele and her granddaughters, Marissa “Rissa” and Alexandra “Ali”. Ali loves sales!

She enjoyed cooking and cooking for her family, friends and neighbors, especially at Christmas. If you happened to pass his house, the bay window was decorated in a holiday theme. Lu especially enjoyed spending time with his family. Lucille is survived by her daughter, Michelle (Ross) Engraf, Hettinger; grandchildren, Marissa (Brandon) Loll, Hettinger and Alexandra Engraf, Fargo; great-grandson, Brantley Jon-Ross Loll; great-granddaughter, Saige Loll, whom she loved very much; two more great-grandsons to be born soon; and many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband Arlen in 2014; his parents, Louis and Lois Lupo; brothers and sisters-in-law, Joe (Ginny) Lupo and Geno (Karen) Lupo; sister, Mary Kostelecky; baby Zalesky; younger brother, Joseph; little sister, Catherine; and brother-in-law, Edwin Kostelecky.

Arrangements are with Ladbury Funeral Service, Dickinson,


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