Fred Paul Shulski, Sr.

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Fred Paul Shulski, Sr., age 81 of Goodyear, AZ died March 9, 2020, in Goodyear, AZ. He was born January 26, 1939, in Mt. Carmel, PA, the youngest of two children born to Walter and Anna Shulski. Fred was a humble man who blessed the lives of all he came in contact with. He began working at a young age as a delivery boy for his family’s grocery store. He worked his way through college lathing pipes and working in the John Mansfield asbestos plant. Fred always claimed that experience combined with schooling produced the greatest knowledge. He earned his attended Franklin and Marshall College before he obtained his Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Pennsylvania.   Dental school not only provided him with a degree but gave him a bride, Anna Sinkovich who was in nursing school.

Fred served in the US Army for 33 years as a Pediatric Dentist, achieving the rank of Colonel. Wherever he was stationed, Anna and the family followed. They enjoyed every new base, but they were especially fond of their time in Germany and Alaska. Fred was an exceptional military leader, earning respect and admiration from all his subordinates and those he worked with. He saw the true worth of each individual that he met and readily showed his appreciation and regard for them. As a result, Fred made many life-long friends, even among his German neighbors.  He retired from the Army in 1993 and began working in private practice. He kept a schedule that allowed him to work as well as indulge in his favorite pastimes of hunting and fishing for the next 20 years.

Fred was a wonderful husband and father. He was good with his hands and often liked to make repairs and fix things. He had a vast array of tools because it was important to be prepared for any circumstance that might arise. As a result, Cub Scout and Boy Scout projects were always fun to work on. His hands-on tutoring taught his sons many vital lessons. They learned to always be prepared, to carry a handkerchief and a pocket-knife, and to treat everyone with grace and good humor. Fred was a member of St. John Vianney, a Fourth Degree Knight of The Knights of Columbus, and a member of the Fraternal Order of Elks, and the American Legion.

Fred is survived by his wife of 57 years, Anna Marie Shulski; sons, Fred Shulski, Jr. and his wife Melissa, and John Shulski and his wife, Martha; and five grandchildren, Hannah, Paul, Claire, Dmitri, and Edmund. A rosary will be held at 9:30 am followed by a funeral mass at 10:00 am, Thursday, March 26, 2020, at St. John Vianney Catholic Church, 539 E La Pasada Blvd, Goodyear, AZ 85338. Burial will follow at 12:30 at The National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 N Cave Creek Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85024. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made to Children’s Mercy Hospital, Kansas City, MO, https://www.childrensmercy.org/help-our-kids/, or St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis, TN, https://www.stjude.org/. Condolences for the family may be left below.

9 Comments on “Fred Paul Shulski, Sr.

  1. My heart goes out to you and to everyone that loved him. May your memories bring you peace. It is an honor to serve you.

  2. What a terrific man! Keeping Dr. Shulski Sr. and family in prayer.

  3. I never got the privilege to meet the man but I know John very well and know the impact he had on both of his sons. He seems like he was a great man, dentist, husband, father, and grandpa. I cannot imagine the loss you are all feeling. Thoughts and prayers for you all. Rest In Peace Fred and Eternal Rest grant to him oh Lord.

  4. May you all, most especially Anna, be comforted by the certain knowledge that you will meet again in the blink of an eye, and that our merciful Lord has already welcomed Fred home.

  5. Fred was a great supervisor and friend. I always enjoyed our times hunting, he was like a second father to me. I would always make it a point to stop by and see him and Anna Marie when I was in Fairbanks. Visiting Fairbanks will never be the same. He touched so many lives both professionally an personally. As Bob Hope would always say “Thanks for the Memories”.

  6. Love to you, Anna Marie. Fred was great! Many memories of his thoughtfulness and encouragement will live on!

  7. I met the Colonel after marriage. Fred’s two sons married sisters (Martha and Missy) and I too married a Durr sister (Rebecca). He was a very generous man who welcomed us into the extended family. He visited us in North Carolina and we vacationed with him and Anna Marie in Alaska. Being open and warm was an integral part of his nature which made everybody around AT EASE. I wish I would have served under him in the US Army because such a good natured soul certainly was a great leader . Eternal Peace SIR, thanks for sharing your good graces.

  8. Fred was my buddy. We worked together, and hunted and fished together for several years. His two boys and my three were all in the same age-range and we had many adventures together in Alaska. I respected and trusted Fred, and loved being around him and his family.

  9. What a Blessing this man was!
    Beautiful wife of 57 years and an amazing family.
    You all are in my prayers.

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