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Anthony J. Guresz

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Anthony J. (Tony) Guresz WENATCHEE, WA - Anthony J. (Tony) Guresz. Wenatchee, WA. Tony Guresz died Wednesday evening, November 20, 2013, at his home in Wenatchee after a short illness. Tony was born in 1925 in Muszkatiwska, Poland, to Peter J. Guresz and Carolina [Sklarczuk] Guresz. He emigrated to the United States in 1930 with his mother and older sister to join his father who had settled among relatives in Cohoes. Tony attended Cohoes public schools, graduated in 1943 and joined the U. S. Army. He became a paratrooper and served with the U. S. 101st Airborne [the Screaming Eagles] in Europe during World War II. Tony was wounded twice and received the Bronze Medal and Purple Heart with Oak Cluster along with other medals. Upon discharge he returned to Cohoes but relocated to California in 1947 to work in the growing airline industry. Tony earned his pilot’s license and, on moving to California , joined the California Air National Guard working as a flight engineer and jet mechanic. In 1969 Tony married Marian [Isham] Madrid and acquired a ready-made family of four children. On his retirement in 1980, Tony and Marion moved to Conconully, Washington, where Marian’s family originally ranched. Tony served two terms as Mayor of Conconully. He also designed and built his “dream” home there. After living in Conconully for almost forty years, Tony and Marian relocated to Wenatchee, closer to daughter Robin and her husband Mike. Tony is survived by his wife, Marian [Isham] Guresz; stepchildren: Randall Madrid, David Gregory Madrid, Christine [Madrid] Rogers, and Roberta [Madrid] Lazzarini; sisters: Elizabeth G. Wright, JoAnna G. Truax, Caroline Guresz, Patricia G. Russo; many nieces and nephews, as well as Kopcza family cousins. Tony’s ashes will be scattered in the Scatter Garden at the Eastern Washington Veterans Cemetery in Wenatchee. Memorial services will be held at the convenience of the family. Tony once climbed up a tree to rescue a kitten; he loved his kittens and puppies. Anyone wishing to do so may make a donation in Tony’s memory to Peppertree Rescue Inc., P.O. Box 2396, Albany, NY 12220-0396.
Published in The Record on Nov. 28, 2013
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