Gertrude Gulyas (1934 - 2015)

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Gertrude Gulyas, born 31 October 1934 in Detroit Michigan died 22 January 2015 at Mary's Woods, a retirement community in Lake Oswego, Oregon that became a loving home and community for the last 5 years of her life.
Gertrude's known childhood really began at the early age of about one year old when she was admitted to the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Home for children of veterans in Eaton Rapids, MI. She grew to adulthood there when at age 18 she left to enter the Edw. W. Sparrow Hospital School of Nursing in Lansing. While at the VFW Home Gertrude found a mother in Avis who later became "nannie" to her own children. Gertrude and the love of her life, Paul Gulyas, wed in June 1954.
Gertrude earned her baccalaureate degree and elementary school teaching credentials at the University of Michigan, Dearborn Campus and in 1973 she and Paul moved to Juneau Alaska where she proceeded to practice her profession for the next twenty years. Her great love of children and in teaching those of the early elementary age group was easily known by all who knew her and witnessed by the several children who in their later years stayed in touch with her personally and in writing.
Juneau remained home until September 2009 after retiring from teaching in 1993 when she and Paul enjoyed the interim years traveling for several months at a time in Europe, Australia and New Zealand. The latter two countries provided opportunities to meet several wonderful people who later became friends.
Gertrude is survived by her husband of over sixty years, Paul, daughters Ruth Ann Gulyas of Lake Oswego, OR, Cynthia Lynn Gulyas of Tacoma, WA and her three grandsons, Paul, Aaron and Jackson. Her immense love remains in our hearts, and in those of so many she touched, forever.
A memorial service and celebration of life will be held in the Chapel at Mary's Woods at Marylhurst on Saturday, January 31st at 1:30pm. Donations in her memory may be made to the VFW National Home for Children ( or a .
Published in The Juneau Empire from Jan. 29 to Feb. 26, 2015
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