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EMILY M. GASIOREK (nee Czajkowski), age 93, passed away on October 30, 2023. Beloved wife of the late Henry H. for 65 years; loving mother of Carolyn Gasiorek, Patt Hardie Rahm (John Rahm), Robert Gasiorek, and Stephen Gasiorek (Laura); dear grandmother of Michael Hardie (Antonette), Emma Grace Gasiorek, Nicholas Gasiorek, Matthew Gasiorek, Elliot Gasiorek, Haley Zawacki, and Andrew Rahm; cherished great grandmother of Henry Hardie; sister of the late Alexander Czajkowski (Lorraine), the late Genevieve Dittrich (the late James), the late Helen Tesar (the late John), the late Edward Carr (the late Jeanne), the late Stella Palgut.
Emily can be described using two words, love and inspiration. She was devoted to her family and became a caregiver for family members, friends, neighbors when they needed it most. Emily’s faith was strong! She had a devotion to the Divine Mercy and Blessed Mother. Since 2020, she prayed the rosary daily with her daughters, keeping her family, friends, and all who needed prayer in her thoughts as she prayed. Born to Polish immigrants, Emily was the youngest of six children. She played piano as a child and treasured her high school years at Marymount High School in Garfield Heights. She met Hank at a dance and, as they say, “the rest is history” they fell in love and were married on February 16, 1952. Emily and her late husband, Hank enjoyed square dancing with the Bay Village Squares. She was active in her her children’s schools and activities for years by being a Girl Scout Leader and volunteering her time at Incarnate Word Academy, an active parent with the Boy Scout Indian Dance Troup, part of the Band Boosters at St. Ignatius High School, and an administrator of the St. Ignatius annual scholarship drive for over 25 years, among other volunteer activities. Emily led the Silent Auction Dinners for the Sister Servants of Mary Immaculate with Hank and others. Over the years, they raised thousands of dollars for the Sisters’ ministries. Having a birthday on April 1, meant that Emily was a master of April Fools’ Day pranks, especially Brussels sprouts “cake pops,”, chocolate covered Oreos with toothpaste filling and “angel food cake” made from a sponge. She was proud of her Polish heritage and was known for keeping family traditions alive, especially Polish Easter meal and Wigilia Christmas Eve Polish dinner. Her specialty was her annual homemade pierogi’s which is a tradition that is being carried out by her girls and grandson, Michael. For the last seven years, Emily called Brookdale Trillium her home, where she was near her girls. She always said how much she loved living there, the staff and caregivers, and her friends.
Friends may call at THE FERFOLIA FUNERAL HOME, 356 WEST AURORA ROAD (OH RT 82), SAGMORE HILLS FOR VISITATION ON SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2023 FROM 2-6 P.M. Funeral Monday, November 6, 2023 at 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home. Mass of Christian Burial 11:30 a.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church, Parma, Ohio.
Family and friends are invited to gather at Resurrection Cemetery, 9571 High Street, Lewis Center, OH on Tuesday, November 7, 2023 at 11:00 to celebrate committal services. Following commital services, all are invited to a reception to continue the celebration of Emily’s life.
Memorial contributions are suggested in her name to the St. Ignatius High School Scholarship Drive online at https://www.ignatius.edu/give or Incarnate Word Academy, 6620 Pearl Road, Parma Heights, Ohio 44130 or online at https://tinyurl.com/3fmakncm.