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Father of Rebecca ’71 & Bonnie ’72 Czarnecki passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on March 10, 2016


Eugene “Gene” J.


Gene, 90, passed peacefully at his home on 2-27-2016.  He was the youngest of seven children born to Rose (Gomolski) and Leo Czarnecki.  Gene always had a positive outlook on life.  When told that his cancer was back, he said, “Well, we’ll play with the cards we’ve been dealt.”  It was this upbeat attitude that made him pleasant to be around.  Dad loved being outside, puttering around the yard and tending to the many rose bushes around the house.

Growing up with a family-owned bowling alley, “You learn to do things great – not just well.”  His family was rated the #1 bowlers in the Toledo area.  When he arrived at Central Catholic High School as a freshman, he was asked to be in charge of the CCHS bowling team.  He finished college at UT after a stint in the Air Force.  While in the service, he had the opportunity to travel all over the United States by train.

Gene started his working career in downtown Toledo at Gulf Oil, where he met his wife Polly (divorced in 2002). Gene and his family lived in Toledo, Fremont, and Perrysburg.  He enjoyed working as an accountant in northwest Ohio and Michigan, most recently at Shugarman’s Medical Supply Company.  Gene was an avid bowler, played on several teams, and earned many trophies and awards.  He enjoyed golfing, playing cribbage and pinochle and helping others; he worked hard and played hard too.

Gene is survived by his two daughters Rebecca “Becky” (Ted) Almquist and Roberta “Bonnie” Czarnecki and many nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents, his infant daughter Elizabeth Margaret, brothers John, Edward and Melvin, and sisters Irene, Florence Kulakoski and Vivian Jachimiak.

Gene’s family would like to thank Hospice of Northwest Ohio for their help and attention given to Gene’s care during his time as a patient with them.  Thanks also go out to friends and loved ones for their time, meals and prayers for Gene and his family.

A Memorial Mass will be said at St. Rose Catholic Church, 215 East Front Street, Perrysburg, Ohio, on Saturday, March 19, 2016, at 10:30 am.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Hospice of Northwest Ohio, 30000 E. River Rd., Perrysburg, Ohio  43551, or Maumee Valley Save-A-Pet, 5250 Hill Ave., Toledo, Ohio  43615.

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