PHIL GURKA - ESSEX JUNCTION - Phil Gurka passed away with grace and dignity at his home in Essex Junction, at the age of 49, on Feb. 14, 2013 (he always hated Valentine's Day). After a Gurkulean battle with cancer, Phil left this world surrounded by love. Phil was predeceased by his mother, Anna Maholic; his father, Stanley A. Gurka; several aunts and uncles; and Gomez. Phil is survived by his loving wife of 19 years, Tina (Aloi); and their cat, Addie. Phil and Tina were married at the Church of the Holy Spirit in Webster, N.Y., on Aug. 21, 1993. He is also survived by his brothers, David Kruczek and Bear (Bobby) Krutsick. Phil is lovingly remembered by Jon Grzych, Jean Sheehey, Kyle Ellis, Megan Turner, Chris Wood, Elizabeth and Iza Logan, Renzo White, Joyce Walsleben, Tom Roland, Dave Corrigan, Ron Reed, Andrew Spruil, the Rad Onc Harem and many other dear friends and loved ones. Phil was born in Plainfield, N.J., on Dec. 9, 1963. He graduated from Panther Valley High School in Lansford, Pa., in 1981, and went on to earn a bachelor of science from Kean University of NJ in 1991. Phil worked as a corporate IT specialist at Roche Biomedical in Nutley, N.J., and Prudential Insurance Company of America in Livingston, N.J. A celebration of his life will be held Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013, at 10 a.m. at The Essex, 70 Essex Way, Essex Junction, www.vtculinaryresort.com. Phil and Tina would like to thank all the wonderful caregivers at Fletcher Allen and the Visiting Nurse Association, especially Mary Miller as well as Shanna at CVS. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Cancer Patient Support Program at www.cpspvt.org, or mailed to: CPSP, PO BOX 64700, Burlington, VT 05406.
Published in The Burlington Free Press from Feb. 15 to Feb. 17, 2013