Jaloo Zelonis

Jaloo Ilene Zelonis (Olson)

Tuesday, April 9th, 1946 - Thursday, September 19th, 2019
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Roberta, GA- Jaloo Ilene (Olson) Zelonis, 73, passed away peacefully in the early morning of Thursday, September 19, 2019 at Pine Pointe Hospice in Macon, Georgia with her beloved husband by her side. A funeral mass will be held at 1:00 pm on Saturday, October 5, 2019 at St. Juliana Catholic Church, 804 Martin Luther King Jr Dr, Fort Valley, GA 31030. A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held at 1:00 pm on Sunday, October 13, 2019 at Theatre Macon, 438 Cherry St, Macon, GA 31201. Inurnment will be held at 11:00 am on Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at Magnolia Park Mausoleum.
Jaloo was born on April 9, 1946 to the late Virgil and Martha (Strack) Olson in Dekalb, Illinois and spent many years of her early life in Panama. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Northern Illinois University and later received two Masters degrees from both Golden Gate University in San Francisco and Loma Linda University. Jaloo was a Captain (O-6) in the United States Public Health Service for twenty-seven years. She served in its Rapid Response Team at first aid stations at Ground Zero following the 9/11 attacks. Jaloo was also deployed to the Rwandan Crisis, where she assisted in a camp of over five thousand displaced children and taught them to do the Hokey Pokey. At one time during her career, Jaloo acted as a nursing consultant for all Indian reservations in the state of Montana. After she retired, Jaloo became an active member of the American Red Cross and assisted on the coast of Alabama after Hurricane Katrina. Jaloo was an extremely talented performer, and she became a staple in the middle Georgia theatre community. She performed in dozens of plays and musicals in all of the theatres of our area and made so many dear friends during her time on and off stage. She is preceded in death by her brother, Sky Olson. Jaloo will be deeply missed by all who knew her.
Left to cherish her beloved memory is loving husband of forty-nine years, Tony Zelonis; her daughter, Kim (John) Dale; grandchildren, A.J. and Lola Dale, and sisters, Janaan Kitchen and Keetjie Ramo.
Please visit to sign the online guest book, light a memorial candle and to view the video tribute for the family. It is with great honor that Burpee-Scott Memorial Chapel & Crematory has been entrusted with arrangements.
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    Theatre Macon
    438 Cherry Street
    Macon, Georgia 31201
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  • Interment

    Magnolia Park Cemetery and Mausoleum
    205 S. Pleasant Hill Road
    Warner Robins, GA 31088
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Gail and Doug Johnson

Posted at 11:21am
Tony, I hope you know how much Jaloo was loved and respected. She was a force of love, dedication, passion and compassion. All our our love,
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In memory of a very accomplished woman that raised yet another accomplished strong woman. Remember that many of us love and care about you.
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Kristy Calhoun

Posted at 06:57pm
On behalf of The Backlot Players, I want to say that Jaloo will be greatly missed in our little theater and our community. She had a big personality and a command of the stage. And when she wasn't on stage, we appreciated the support that you and she provided by coming so far to attend shows and events. We pray that the knowledge that she will be missed and remembered by many will give you comfort in this difficult time.
Bill & Kristy Calhoun and The Backlot Family

Chris Purcell

Posted at 03:11pm
Tony and Family, I am so very sad that Jaloo is gone. Jaloo was just one of those people that was impossible to forget. I sang alto with her in choir at St. Bernard’s in Billings. Jaloo also cantored. And she wrote some lyrics and put them to music for us to sing. We were so lucky to have both Jaloo and Tony at St. Bernard’s. I’ve thought of Both Jaloo and Tony often, their generosity and kindness. I have missed them since they left Billings.

Jaloo was a person without pretense. . She was so genuine. She must have saved all pretense for the theatre from the wonderful things that are said about her performances. It doesn’t surprise me. No Christmas or Easter has passed since Tony and Jaloo left Billings that I haven’t said to myself, and frequently out loud “where is Jaloo when you need her”. She was fearless. She did whatever was needed for her to do. I loved singing with her and when she clanged the symbols every sleeper in the church was immediately awake.

I am so sorry and can only imagine the incredible loss you feel. I loved Jaloo and will miss not being able to connect with her. Peace and prayers to you, Tony, and all of Jaloo’s family. Chris Purcell

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