It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of our Dad, Joseph Gudzinski of Manning, Alberta. We were so blessed to have him for 89 years.
Dad left marks of hard work: going to Edmonton to get certified in welding and heavy-duty mechanics; breaking land east of Manning; building his own home – cutting each board out of logs; driving cat-clearing land; raising cattle, pigs & chickens; & farming with his beloved son Nick. He was so strong and such a good provider, and he didn’t stop at retirement. He built their home in town and helped with numerous others. He built so many sheds and was always willing to help his girls out with home renovations. The grandkids were never without playhouses and toys made by grandpa.
Dad was an avid horse-shoe player travelling the circuit. He loved fishing and gardening and making sure his guests were well fed. Dad was a member of the Elks and he faithfully called BINGO at the lodge for 7 years. He had an incredible love for wrestling and was a world renowned pancake maker. Dad was most content in his own home with all the family gathered.
But dad was so, so much more than what he did or what he accomplished. He was this rock-solid strong man who gave the best hugs and was happiest with a child on his lap while he enjoyed his mashed potatoes. Dad worked so hard all of his life, but his pace was slow and steady. Time with dad was un-hurried and beautiful. We all knew we were loved unconditionally. Nick of course had the special position as his beloved son (well deserved). But all of us girls knew very well how much we were treasured by him. We were very secure in our daddy’s love.
Dad’s last years have been such a battle with congestive heart failure. It was hard to see him hurting and growing weak but at the same time so beautiful to come together to support him. What a blessing to be able to allow him to die at home with family always around him.
Joseph Gudzinski was born on May 22nd, 1931 at North Star, Alberta. He was married July 15th, 1952 to Ann Yasinski of Hotchkiss, Alberta. Along with his loving wife of 58 years, he left to mourn his children Joanne (Ken) Rabiey, Berna (Gordon) Frank, Charlette (Len) Ruether, Maureen (Troy) Walton, sister Jean Proskurniak & numerous grandchildren & great grandchildren. Joseph was pre-deceased by his son Nicholas Gudzinski, grandson Jonathan Gudzinski. His siblings Mary Hudema, Helen Hudema, Stella Paulovich, John Gudzinski, Ed Gudzinski & his mother & father Nicholas and Malanja
Due to current restrictions, a private family prayer service will be held with a funeral to be planned for family and friends at a later date.
Donations can be made to the Ukrainian Catholic Parish (Box 51 Manning T0H 2M0) in memory of Joe.
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Nos plus sincères sympathies à la famille et aux amis de Joseph Gudzinski May 22 1931 February 12 2021..
Décès pour la Ville: Peace River, Province: Alberta