Dorothy Ann Gurzynski, age 85, passed away peacefully on Sunday, February 23 at her Hinsdale home. She was born September 4, 1934 in Posen, Illinois and married the love of her life, Richard Gurzynski, on May 7, 1955. Dorothy is preceded in death by her brother, Paul Jankowski, and her infant son, Gregg. Dorothy is survived by Richard, her husband of almost 65 years, and their children: Janice (Thomas) Nieman, Jacqueline (R. Michael) DeSalle, Jayne (Philip) Euwer, and Gary (Sally) Gurzynski. She was a devoted grandmother to Molly (Bryan) Smith, Kristina (William Jr.) Cossen, Philip “Bryson” (Lauren) Euwer Jr., Rebecca DeSalle, Benjamin Euwer, Amanda (Patrick) Barkley, R. Michael DeSalle Jr., Victoria Nieman, and Matthew Gurzynski. Dorothy lit up when playing with her great grandchildren: Catherine Elise Cossen, Cameron Richard Smith, William Stephen Cossen III, and Avery Allison Smith.
Dorothy and Richard had many successes in their life together, including building a business (CGI Automated Manufacturing), which their children Janice and Gary now manage. However impressive their achievements, Dorothy would count none so special as her greatest joy of being a mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. Between chauffeuring to sports practices, baking lessons, and playing countless games of Yahtzee, Dorothy was always busy. And that was before accounting for her numerous hobbies: bridge, gardening, and tennis clubs with friends. Among all those activities and in addition to being an avid reader, Dorothy and Richard somehow found time to travel the world. Together, they visited every continent; favorite destinations include Australia, Canada, and China. As Richard likes to remark, Dorothy was fine with any location so long as there was shopping; even in the remotest of places, she could find a bargain and always brought home souvenirs for her children and grandchildren.
Dorothy and Richard set a beautiful example for their children and grandchildren with their marriage. Dorothy always said the key to a happy life is to find someone who makes you laugh during the good times and the bad, and she found that with Richard. In almost 65 years of marriage, she said not a day went by that her “Dickens” did not make her laugh. They worked hard and loved their family harder. Dorothy’s greatest legacy is her family. The love she gave her husband, children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren was immense and will continue to be felt by all.
Visitation will be Thursday, February 27 from 2 to 8 pm at Adolf Funeral Home (7000 S Madison St, Willowbrook). Service will be Friday, February 28 at 8:30 am at the funeral home, followed by a 10 am Mass at St. Isaac Jogues (306 W 4th St, Hinsdale). Interment will be at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Hillside. In lieu of flowers, donations to the charity of your choice would be appreciated. For more information, please call 630-325-2300 or visit www.adolfservices.com.