John Francis Ziemienski

October 6, 1952 - November 8, 2023
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John Francis Ziemienski

John Francis Ziemienski, 71, passed away at his home in Carmichael, CA on November 8, 2023, after a courageous battle with cancer. His partner of 35 years, Bernice Yasui was by his side.

Born in San Francisco October 6, 1952 to Frank and Angela Ziemienski, he grew up and attended schools in Vallejo, CA. He had a close relationship with his brothers Bruce and Dennis. John’s grandparents immigrated to the U.S. from Sicily and Poland and eventually settled in the Bay Area.

John was a very talented teacher, musician, and composer. He graduated from SFSU in 1973, with a Bachelor of Arts in Music. He later received a Masters Degree in Music Composition. After moving to Sacramento, he taught music composition at Grant Union High School for a few years.

John continued his education and received a Masters in Software Engineering and started his computer science career with the State of California as a Computer Programmer and eventually promoted to a Systems Software Specialist before he retired in 2013.

Prior to and after his retirement he composed music for himself and for his brother Dennis’ art exhibits. He was also able to focus more time on other passions alongside his partner in crime, Bernice. They traveled together, cooked together, and attended cultural, art, and food festivals together. He continued playing the oboe, piano, clarinet, among other instruments. He also cherished the time he spent with family, especially his grandchildren, Evan and Maya by sharing his interests in cooking, music, computers, and meteorology.

John’s spiritual life with the Secular Franciscan Order began when he made his profession in October 2003. John blended his passion for music and his dedication to the Franciscan Order by researching and compiling the history of Franciscan music. He served as the Formation chair for the Little Portion Fraternity and the Formation chair for the Region; created a standardized formation curriculum template to be used regionally; and assisted in the reactivation of the St. Francis Fraternity.

When it came to his Italian heritage, John lavished his family and friends with fine Sicilian cuisine from his Grandmother’s recipes. He was known for his rigatoni, biscotti, and pizza dough. His meatballs and focaccia at Thanksgiving were perfection and would have made his ancestors proud.

John is survived by his partner, Bernice Yasui and her son Grant, daughter Diane, and grandchildren, Evan and Maya. He is also survived by his brother Dennis Ziemienski (wife Anne), niece Sofia Ziemienski, and nephew Mike Ziemienski.

John was known for being a very kind, humble, generous, and deeply spiritual man. He will be greatly missed, but forever remembered by all who loved him.