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James Gasiorowski

Posted 1/28/2021

Every family should be lucky enough to have a center and linebacker at its core, to protect and guide them through life.  Ours, James “Gaz” Gasiorowski, passed away Monday, January 25, 2021 surrounded by his loving family at home, at the well-travelled age of 90.

Jim’s greatest legacy is the culmination of his passions and interests, instilled in his surviving family members and shared with all those fortunate enough to meet him.

His love of history, along with sports, began at Central Catholic High School (CCHS) in 1944. He is a member of the Athletic Hall of Fame at CCHS (Captain of Varsity Football Team 1947-48).  He continued his education and football career at The University of Toledo (Co-captain Varsity Football Team 1951-52). He served in the US Army Corp of Engineers, stationed at Fort Belvoir, VA, and was recruited to play football for the Army. He played in the Eastern Army Football Championship Game from 1953-55.

His legacy is shared not only with teammates whom he shared a field, but also the young athletes he coached during his career.  Simply, he loved to teach.  His passions and outgoing personality built the foundation that now guides the family to this day.  “Gaz” loved to explore the history of everything, to discover new world views and then to SHARE whatever he learned. (if it involved art, cathedrals, social studies, WWII, or UT Football, all the better).  His career at Whiteford and Bedford schools in teaching, coaching, and administrative positions resulted in opportunities for everyone who crossed his path to learn something new or share his gregarious personality.

He is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Karen Gasiorowski; children, Vanessa Snyder (Mike Neeb), Roberta Gasiorowski, Paul (Sara) Gasiorowski, Jeff (Carol) Kirk, Krisia (Bill) Zanetti; eight beloved grandchildren, Joe (Kayla) Neeb, Rachel Gagnon, Liz (Greg) Bine, Aaron Bowman, Kate (Mitch) Roelecke, Lindsey Gasiorowski, Kelsey (Doug) Fox, Ally (Ethan) Drouin, and ten great grandchildren.

“Gaz” steered us all toward higher education, civic responsibility, the arts, world travel, the outdoors and nature (via golf or fishing) and our cultural heritage (he could polka with the best of them, and kielbasa is essential).

“Gaz” knew when to be irreverent, when to be the disciplinarian, when to be emotional, and when to defend us or let us run.

A memorial service is planned at a later date, when we can reminisce safely and celebrate a wonderful legacy with the abandon it deserves.

Arrangements entrusted to Urbanski's Bedford Funeral Chapel 8300 Lewis Ave. Temperance, MI.

If you would like to make a donation, please make a memorial gift donation to Central Catholic High School.