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John J. Gacek Utica John J. Gacek of Utica passed away on Monday, October 1, 2012, at the Abraham House with his loving family by his side. He was born in Utica on November 24, 1918, a son of the late Martin and Catherine Cieslak Gacek. John served in the United States Army during WWII in Ardennes, Central Europe, Northern France and Rhineland. He worked as a machinist for Friedrich Climate Masters and retired on March 3, 1988. He was a member of Holy Trinity Church and the American Legion Post 30625. John was predeceased by his loving companion of 35 years, Jeanette I. Kelley on December 22, 2010. He is survived by his children, Joyce Ziober of CA; Joanie Smith of CA; John and Ronda Gacek of CO; James and Melba Gacek of AZ; and their Mother, Stephanie Gacek of CA; and his stepchildren Cynthia Kelly of Utica; Patricia & John Borowiec of Utica; Mary Wendt of New York Mills; Fred & Mary Ellen Kelley of Vestal, NY. Also surviving are his brothers Stanley Gacek of New Hartford; Casimir Gacek of Alexandria, VA; many grandchildren and great grandchildren, nieces and nephews; his best friend William Dooley and his very best friend, his pet, Tia. John was predeceased by his sisters Elizabeth Cirillo, Sophie Jones, sister-in-law Gladys Gacek, brothers Rev. Eugene Gacek and Chester Gacek. John was also known as Grandpa John, Uncle John and Apple John. He enjoyed baseball, (and was an avid Boston Red Sox fan), politics, bowling and traveling. He was always about family and a good, honest, much loved and respected man who will live on in our hearts always. John's funeral will be on Friday at 11:00 AM at Holy Trinity Church where a Funeral Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Interment with Military Honors will be in Holy Trinity Cemetery. Family and friends are invited to call on Friday prior to the funeral from 10:00 to 11:00 AM at Holy Trinity Church. The family would like to thank many significant people who were a part of his life, especially the staff at the Abraham House and Hospice for their support and loyalty. In lieu of flowers please consider the Abraham House or Hospice and Palliative Care in his memory. Envelopes will be available at the funeral. For online expression of sympathy go to www.dfwefh.com Arrangements are with the Ryczek Funeral Home, Utica.

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