Mary J. (Grabiec) Gudanowski

Born: Wed., Sep. 17, 1924
Died: Mon., Dec. 24, 2018


10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Fri., Dec. 28, 2018
Location: Jackman Funeral Home

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Fri., Dec. 28, 2018
Location: Jackman Funeral Home

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Whitinsville- Mary J. (Grabiec) Gudanowski, 94, passed away peacefully on December 24, 2018 in hospice care at Beaumont Nursing Home in Northbridge, with her loving husband of 71 years, Floyd A. Gudanowski by her side, also a Beaumont resident.

Mary is also survived by her daughter, Beverly Huggins and son-in-law Dean of Uxbridge; her beloved granddaughter, Anna Huggins of Uxbridge and Providence, R.I.; her beloved Niece, Carol Makowski; also nieces and nephews, and great-nieces and nephews.

Mary was born on County Street in Blackstone, MA on September 17, 1924 to Thomas and Katherine  (Ruta) Grabiec. She was predeceased by her brother, Johnny, and sisters Sophie Zajac and Veronica Makowski. Mary graduated from Blackstone High School in 1942. Mary met her beloved husband, Floyd, during his short leave from the U.S. Navy in the Pacific during World War II. Floyd gave her an engagement ring before he returned to the Pacific. After World War II, they married in 1947.  During her working career Mary was associated with Finklestein Products in Woonsocket, R.I., Tupperware of Blackstone, and Ethyl Corporation of Grafton, MA.  She was a personnel manager for many years and hired many employees during her years with Ethyl. In her retirement, she provided daycare to her granddaughter and made many beautiful quilts for her family.

         Her funeral home service will be held on Fri. Dec. 28th in Jackman Funeral Home, 12 Spring St., Whitinsville at 11am. Burial will follow in St. Patrick’s Cemetery. Calling hours at the funeral home will be held prior from 10-11am. To leave a condolence message for her family please visit:

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Tom and Kathy Grabiek
   Posted Wed December 26, 2018
We wish to leave our condolences for my (Tom's) Aunt and for her family. Growing up in New Jersey and taking so many trips to Massachusetts growing up were wonderful, happy - and adventurous -visits to the Grabiec family. There were loving and close experiences with our Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles and Cousins in Blackstone, Whitinsville, Uxbridge and more that fill our hearts. Even "visits" to the Polish American Club in Blackstone. Yes, I was a fantastic pool player and memories of playing baseball with cousins and riding on the go carts and flying model airplanes behind the Grandparents home added to the memories, too. (Even after the Tupperware plant was established we only had to take short breaks on the "back" driveway through our playground!) Peace and Love.

Thomas Zajac
   Posted Wed December 26, 2018
I remember Aunt Mary for her work ethic, strive to always be better, emphasis on education, extra effort to insure her family had a well cooked and delicious meal and so many, many other positive traits. She was indeed an extraordinary role model that guided me and undoubtedly many others to achieve the most in their lives. Me and my many cousins so benefitted from her good example. We take it for granted but we were so blessed with her as our Aunt. I know her husband Floyd, daughter Beverly, granddaughter Anna and son-in-law Dean are now extremely sad with her passing. But all the good memories and her exemplary life will be part of us and guide us though the rest of our lives. Thank you so, so much Aunt Mary.

Barbara & Bob Plitouke
   Posted Thu December 27, 2018
Our hearts go out to you on your loss. Mary was a wonderful person and very much admired. We could not have asked for a better friend or neighbor. I always looked forward to our getting together over a cup of coffee. We will cherish our memories. God be with you.

Lee Smith
   Posted Thu December 27, 2018
Sorry for your loss. I remember those summer visits at my grandparents house in Attleboro.

Suzanne OLeary
   Posted Sun December 30, 2018
So sorry for your loss of Mary. She's resting comfortably in Gods hands now.

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