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GUZAK, George

April 20, 1917 – February 5, 2012

Holding the hand of his Goddaughter Wendy McOmber, George Guzak (Uncle George) died peacefully the morning of Sunday, February 5, 2012. His passing was with the same grace and quiet dignity with which he lived his life. While it is with great sorrow that we let him go, our hearts are relieved to see an end to his suffering. We say goodbye with love in our hearts and release him into the Lord’s care.

Besides his Goddaughter Wendy (Stan Schwartzenberger), Uncle George is survived by his sister Sophie Hluchaniuk of Ashcroft, BC who will be 99 on her birthday in July. He is also survived by his friend and companion of almost fifty years, Al Carlson of the Bethany Care Facility. Also remembering Uncle George with love are his nephews, Bill (Pauline), Peter (Beryl), Wayne (Marilyn), and Jerry Guzak and nieces, Helen Shelestynski, Angelin (Brian) Johnson, Sonya (Keith) Aher, Mary Irwin, Natalie Elliott and Darleen (John) Rice. Uncle George will also be remembered by his many great-nieces and great-nephews.

Uncle George was predeceased by his parents John and Anastashia; and his brothers and their wives, Nick (Molly), Dick, Peter (Florence) and Mike (Stella), as well as Pat Guzak and his niece Olga Thompson and great-niece Tracy Owen.

Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Chapel of the Bells (2720 Centre Street North) on Thursday, February 9, 2012 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Friday, February 10, 2012 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S, Chapel of the Bells (2720 Centre Street North) on Friday, February 10, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. Graveside Service to follow at Queen’s Park Cemetery. Condolences may be forwarded through The family would like to thank the wonderful staff of Hillcrest Extendicare who all participated in the enrichment of Uncle George’s life for the last number of months. Your dedication and compassion will never be forgotten. We would also like to thank Dr. Gordon Melling and nurse Sharon Cohen for many, many years of kindness, support and wonderful medical care. Finally, a special thank you to Father Myles Gaffney for coming to Uncle George’s bedside on short notice in our time of need.

If friends so desire a contribution to the Hillcrest Extendicare 2nd Floor Entertainment Fund can be made in his honor.

In living memory of George Guzak, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH Telephone: (403) 276-2296.

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  1. Suzanne & Irv Lang :

    Dear Wendy,
    Irv & I extend our sincere condolences to you and Uncle George’s surviving family.
    May you be comforted by the loving support of family and friends, and may fond memories sustain you now and in the days ahead.
    With much love to you and Stan…
    Suzie & Irv

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  2. Irene and Scott Leyland :

    We had the pleasure of meeting George at Hillcrest while spending time with our mother who was there for 16mo.She passed this past dec.5.He will be missed by everyone there.We sat near him and became friendly as he could understand our conversations in Ukranian.He was loving,kind,considerate,friendly,attentive to everyone,a great sense of humor and a beautiful smile that he shared readily.He lived this last very difficult part of his life with such courage,acceptance and dignity.He was a comfort to us as visitors but especially important to the other residents who benefited the most from his presence there.We are happy that we met him and sad that he is gone.Our condolences go out to his sister,nieces and nephews ,god-daughter and companion.Sincerely,Irene and Scott Leyland.

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  3. Paula and Dennis Kreba :

    I have very fond memories of Uncle George. He always greated me with a hug and a smile. And he had the best laugh. I’m sorry we can’t come to the funeral. Everyone is in our thoughts and prayers.

    Paula and Dennis

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  4. Jacqueline Nind :

    My heartfelt sympathy and much love to you Wendy and Stan. Now Uncle George and my mother can help feed one another up in the heavens ,and have a few laughs. I can still remember him getting in and out of bed; the nurses would put in bed, he would get out, they would put him back in ,and than I would say “Uncle George what are you trying to do to those poor nurses” and he would look at me and just smile. He was having fun getting all the attention. God bless him and now his suffering is done. You both were so wonderful with him Wendy, and I know he appreciated all that you did for him. It is so sad that the family lost out on his last days. I know how special that time is. God bless you Wendy and Stan. Lots of love, Jacqueline

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  5. My Dear Friend Wendy:

    Many people may not realize the very special relationship you had with Uncle George. You had the kind of father-daughter relationship everyone wants to have. You spent so much time together, few daughters can feel the love you shared for each other over the years.

    Each of you loved and cared for the other through the decades, and you were there for him through the roughest times at the end. He loved you as you loved him…unconditionally. It was a great love and it is a great loss for you, my friend.

    Take the time to celebrate his life on Friday, and be grateful for the large part you were able to play in it.


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  6. Wendy, I am saddened by the passing of Uncle George. Please take care of yourself as you work through your loss. Remember Uncle George in all of his glory – and as someone who has been a compass point in your life for many, many years. Gail

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  7. Wendy,
    Although we never had the opportunity to meet Uncle George, we both feel we have lived through the good years with Uncle George from your wonderful stories and how much your eyes shined and your face lit when his name arose. He was a very lucky man to have you in his life, and then that luck doubled when Stan entered both of your lives. While we all grieve for Uncle George’s passing, we know he was ready to move to the other side of the mountain. He now joins your Mom in leaving behind all the pain and suffering of human life and can look down on you both and be so very proud and happy at where you both are.

    love Al and Yvonne

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