Joseph M. Guza
Joseph M. Guza, 90, of 1518 12th Ave. S., a retired captain for the Great Falls Police Department in the juvenile division, died of natural causes Thursday at Peace Hospice.
Visitation is today from noon to 5 p.m. at Schnider Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. Vigil service is 7 p.m. Monday and funeral liturgy is 12:30 p.m. Tuesday both at Our Lady of Lourdes, with burial in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Schnider Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Edith E. Guza of Great Falls; daughters Joanne Nicolai of Lincoln and Bonnie Hocevar of Denton; sons Richard (Carmela) Guza of Butte, Mike (Shirley) Guza of Great Falls, John (Donna) Guza, and William (Jean) Guza, of Bozeman; sisters Marion Golie, Zita Loeffler and Barbara Oriet, all of Great Falls; a brother, Rudolph Guza of Great Falls; 21 grandchildren, 37 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Joseph was born July 20, 1915, in Stockett to Mathias, who immigrated from what is now Slovakia, and Anna (Milot) Guza, of Pennsylvania. He was raised in Tracy and graduated from Centerville High School in 1933. He attended the College of Great Falls and the University of California. He served in the Army Air Force during World War II and was honorably discharged in 1945.
He married Edith Dolphay on Oct. 21, 1939, at St. Ann's Cathedral in Great Falls.
As a young man, he worked in the Griffith Coal Mine near Stockett and laid track for Great Northern Railroad. He joined the Great Falls Police Department in 1947, and retired as a captain of the juvenile division in 1977. During his career two GFPD police chiefs started their careers under his supervision. As a policeman, he worked tirelessly to improve the lives of children and youth. He was largely responsible for having juvenile offenders separated from and treated differently than adults. He believed that his role as a policeman was to ensure that every child involved in the legal system be given the opportunity to change and become productive adults.
In 1951, he was honored for establishing a recreation program and skating rink for students at the School for the Deaf and the Blind. Montana Gov. John W. Bonner acknowledged Joe for performing "the highest type of service a policeman can render." Joe continued to maintain and supervise this program and received national recognition from the American Broadcasting System.
He was a member of the Eagles, Knights of Columbus, Holy Name Society at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church and the Retired Police Protection Association. His prayer life and taking care of those in need demonstrated his faith and deep concern for others. He was a man of commitment and integrity who came from "the old school." He showed old world hospitality to anyone who entered his home: "Have something to eat! There's salami and cheese in the fridge! Want a shot? A beer?" You always knew you were welcome at "Joe's Place."
He read widely, especially enjoying Montana history, natural history and the Great Falls Tribune. He read his Bible daily. He had profound concern for the environment and was an avid organic gardener, bird watcher, mushroom hunter and in his younger years, a fisherman. He enjoyed cooking throughout his life. In later years he enjoyed shrimping and hunting the wily oyster in the Hood Canal.
He loved his family and friends and is greatly loved.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Lawrence, Matthew and John Guza; and great-grandsons Zachary and Mathew Hocevar.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Our Lady of Lourdes Memorial Fund.
"Kind words are short and easy to say, but their echoes are truly endless."
- Mother Teresa (One of Joe's favorite quotes.)
Send condolences online at www.schniderfuneralhome.com and/or www.greatfallstribune.com/obituaries

Published by Great Falls Tribune from May 6 to May 7, 2006.
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Dear Edith and Family,
We loved Joe and will miss him very much. Breakfast with Joe and Edith was always a highlight when we visited Great Falls. We were glad that we could be with all of you for the services.
Love, Ron, Christine & Jennifer Guza
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Christine guza
May 31, 2006
We were so sorry to hear about JOE,we always enjoyed seeing him with his family at the 5:30 Mass when we are in Great Falls.He will truly be missed by all.Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the family. Bonnie(Dailey) and Elliott Teague
Bonnie and Elliott Teague
May 10, 2006
Edith,Joanne,Bonnie,Guza Family you are in all of the Bartow-Millers Hearts..Joe and the Guza family will always be a warm memory in our heart..Hugs prayers to all of you-
Patty Bartow
May 9, 2006
Patty Bartow
May 9, 2006
Capt. Guza was the first person I had contact with when I started work at GFPD in 1974. I was assigned to help him clean up the paperwork in his office! I remember him fondly.
Ida Stelling-Wallace
May 8, 2006
We remember Joe as a juvenile officer when we were at Great Falls High School back in 1956-1960. He was always a friend to the kids. Also, I remember his son Dick going to class with me at Longfellow Elementary when I (Evelyn [Evie} Merenz-Closson) lived on 8th Ave. South GF, MT.

Our thoughts and prayers go to the family of Joe.
Evie and Russ Merenz - Closson
May 7, 2006
Dick
If I would have listened to your dad I would have quit smoking in high school. He was a good man. We will remember all of you in our prayers.
Bob Wlaznak
May 7, 2006
With deepest sympathy.
Sincerely,
Vicki Forslund Bordieri
Vicki Bordieri
May 7, 2006
To the Guza Family. You have my deepest sympathy with your loss. Having had a couple of "interviews" with Joe when he was the juvenile officer it didn't take long to realize he was a softy when it came to dealing with deliquents. His favorite phrase seemed to be "I'm going to give you just one more chance...". I'm glad he in fact did give me "just one more chance".
Raymond Ferris
May 7, 2006
Dear Edith and family,
I wish you peace, the calm that comes from trusting in something beyond yourself, as Joe did. I wish you comfort, the feeling that comes from knowing how much others care for you.
My deepest sympathy on your loss.
Maryann Ward
Maryann Ward
May 7, 2006
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Eddie & Patsy Gilbreath
May 7, 2006
Who can forget Joe Guza? Truant officer, friend of all kids, deeply respected and still loved 60 years later! It's a comfort knowing he'll be in Heaven when we get there. Deepest sympathy to his family.
Joyce Baluka Wokich
May 7, 2006
My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Pat
Patricia Carter
May 6, 2006
To the Guza Family, my heart and prayers go to all of you on the loss of such a "special person". Just wish we could be with you at this time. Love to all from your family in Hawaii.
Barbara Ann (Medvec) Keahi
May 6, 2006
John
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this sorrowful time--but how wonderful that you had your Dad for so many years. May all those memories warm your soul.
Dar
dar dolan-muterspaw
May 6, 2006
Are thoughts and prayers are with you.
Gerald & Loretta Stemple
May 6, 2006
To the Guza Family,
Please accept our condolences for the loss of a caring and great police officer. We remember him with compassion and concern for the kids of Great Falls.

The Shikany family
Chuck Shikany
May 6, 2006
OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU..WE REMEMBER JOE FROM YRARS AGO WHEN WE LIVED IN GT FALLS AND MY SISTER JOAN AND I KNEW JOANNE AND MIKE...JOAN AND JEAN AND MYSELF ARE OPAL'S COUSINS...ALL OUR LOVE.
GARY BAILEY AND SISTERS
GARY BAILEY
May 6, 2006
DEAR EDITH AND FAMILY,
MAY GOD BLESS EACH AND EVERYONE OF YOU..TIME HEALS ALL..
MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH ALL THE FAMILY..
JEANNIE SULLIVAN ( ESTES )
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BILLIE JEAN Estes
May 6, 2006
We were sorry to hear about your loss. Jack enjoyed the years he worked with Joe. We won't be able to attend the services as we are currently in Arizona. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Gail & Jack Macek
May 6, 2006
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Julie Robertazza
May 6, 2006
Sarah & Sean Ibsen
May 6, 2006
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Linda and Charles (Chuck) Busta
May 6, 2006
judy hilbig, zeman
May 6, 2006
Dear Edith and family -

Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

God Bless

Love

John, Michele, Catherine and Natalie Audia
Michele Audia
May 6, 2006
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