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“"Aunt" Opal and Tanya - I have very fun memories of "Uncle" Chuck (as I always called him). He and my dad (Bob) grew up together, and when I was...Read More »
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“Dear Tanya, You, Jim, and your mother are in my thoughts. Blessings on you for being a good daughter. Let me know how I can help, while you...Read More »
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“Tanya (Jim), Please know that we have been thinking of you and hope the passing of each day and the love from family and friends will help you find...Read More »
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“I will be thinking about you and mom through this time .... ”
4 of 5 | Posted by: Gina Jones - Richmond, KY

“Tanya: I know this is a difficult time for you and your family, so please know that you have my prayers to get you through now and in the coming...Read More »
5 of 5 | Posted by: Rose Russell - Toledo, OH


Charles "Chuck" Gazdik, 79, died at his home in Shelby Twp., Wednesday, May 2, 2012, of heart failure. He is survived by his faithful and loving wife of 45 years, Opal, and his daughter Tanya (Jim) Irwin.

Visitation will be Monday, May 7 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Lee-Ellena Funeral Home, 46530 Romeo Plank Road, Macomb Twp., followed by a 6 p.m. funeral and 7 p.m. dinner. A private burial, with military honors, will take place at Great Lakes National Cemetery, Holly, on Tuesday.

Chuck was a Korean War veteran. He was a proud UAW member and worked at Chrysler, Burroughs and Ford before spending the last 30 years of his career as a journeyman painter at General Motors.

He was a longtime member of Holy Ghost (Russian) Orthodox Church, Sterling Heights and Holy Trinity (Russian) Orthodox Church, Detroit.

Chuck loved to grow vegetables and take care of his yard. He had a mischievous sense of humor, hanging a plastic apple from the red maple tree in his front yard.

He was an avid history and geography buff and loved to study maps of his family's homeland in Russia.

He will be missed.