Michael J. Gauder|
COPLEY -- Michael J. Gauder, 91, passed away Sunday, January 26, 2014.
It is with heavy hearts that we say goodnight, never goodbye. We say goodnight to our father, grampa and GeGe Mike.
He is now surrounded by those loved ones who have passed on before him and is now with our Lord and Savior.
Michael was preceded in death by parents, Matt and Lena Gauder; wife, Elizabeth; and grandson, Chad Michael Skolnik. He is survived by daughters, Linda Kapper; devoted caregivers, Rebecca and loving son-in-law, Frank Klancer; grandchildren, Bryan and early on loving caregiver, Amy Kapper; his loving and devoted caregiver, Bethany Marie Skolnik and fiance Bruce Panning; great-grandchildren, Rylie, Jacob and Corey and their mother Malissa; and friend, Maria Smith of California.
He was a veteran of the Army serving during World War II who fought in the Battle of the Bulge in Normandy. He was one of the founding members of Guardian Angels Catholic Church where he proudly ushered for many years and impacted many peoples lives with his contagious smile.
He retired from Semco Auto Parts in Copley. After retirement, he spent many years with his loving wife, Elizabeth, of 51 years, traveling, spending time at their favorite clubs and dancing the Polka.
Our family would like to extend our sincere thanks to Hospice Care Center in Copley and Visiting Nurse Service for their compassionate care. Also we thank Rochelle Shephard and Sr. Marilynn from Hospice for helping us through our father's journey, along with his in-home aide, Sherise Sherfield and his in-home nurse, Barb. We also want to thank Fr. Breck from St. Hilary Catholic Church for blessing our father with his last rites. All have been a true blessing to our family.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, January 31, 2014 at Guardian Angels Catholic Church, 1676 South Cleveland-Massillon Rd. in Copley at 12 p.m., where the family will receive friends one hour prior to service. Private interment at Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Hospice Care Center, 3358 Ridgewood Rd., Akron, OH 44333. Please visit www.hummelcares.com to share memories and condolences.
Published in Akron Beacon Journal from Jan. 29 to Jan. 30, 2014