George Gidula, 89, of Palm Desert, Calif., passed away peacefully at home and left to be with the Lord, November 7, 2013. Born January 27, 1924 in Moosic, Penn. to Nicholas and Helen Gidula. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Catherine Castellano; a daughter, Randi Scott; brothers Jack and Mickey and sisters Helen and Nancy. George is survived by his wife Margaret; his daughter Lynn; sons Gregory, Mark and Peter and two grandsons, Michael and Ryan Smith of Suffern, N.Y. Other survivors include his sister Mary Dziak and brother, Nicholas Gidula. George volunteered for the Army when he was 18. He was a WWII
veteran. He trained at Camp Wheeler and began parachute training at Fort Benning, Ga. He joined the fifth army and landed at Anzio Beach Head with company "K" in the 33rd Bull Division. After earning a bronze medal for 22 months of combat in Italy, he accepted employment with the U.S. State Dept. in Vienna, Austria under General Mark Clark. George worked for Esso Oil Co. and retired after 40 years of trading. George was known for his great sense of humor, intelligence and a tenacious demeanor. Loved by all, his smile will light up the world forever. He loved to play golf, was passionate about fishing and loved his horses. His voice could brighten the world. Services will be held Friday, November 22 at 12:30 at the Riverside National Cemetery, Riverside, Calif.
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