Steve J. GondikSteve J. Gondik, 94, of Superior died Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011.
Steve J. Gondik, 94, of Superior died Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011, at Essentia Health-St. Mary’s, Superior.
He was born on March 17, 1917, in Superior, to Stephen and Anna Gondek.
He graduated from the former Central High School.
He married his wife Betty on Feb. 24, 1940, in Carlton, Minn., and celebrated 60 years of marriage before her passing Sept. 29, 2000.
Steve served his country with the United States Navy during World War II.
Steve was employed by the former Great Northern Railroad, retiring from the Burlington Northern Railroad following many years of service. He also tended bar for many years at the former Nadolski’s Bar in East End Superior.
He was a lifetime member of the Polish Club and a member of the Eagles Club Aerie 80. Steve was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing.
He was interested in stock car racing and he loved gardening.
Steve is survived by two daughters, Nancy Gondik, Superior and Sandra Anderson, Colgate, Wis.; two sons, Richard (Janet) Gondik, Superior, and David Gondik, South Range; 13 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; four great great-grandchildren; one sister, Ann Kelly, Superior; two brothers, Michael (Leola) Gondek, Superior, and Joseph (Janice) Gondek, Foxboro; loyal friend, Lois Gaiovnik, Superior; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his wife Betty, Steve is preceded in death by a daughter, Patricia McDowell, a great-great-grandson, James Dylan Kauther; a sister, Mary Gondek and a brother, John Gondek.
Visitation will begin at 10:00 AM until the 11:00 am Funeral Service on Friday, December 16, 2011 in the Lenroot-Maetzold Funeral Home. Rev. Fr. Andrew Ricci will officiate.
Burial will be in St. Francis Cemetery. Military honors accorded by American Legion Post 435 Honor Guard.
Steve’s grandsons will be recognized as pallbearers for the service.
Steve’s family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks and appreciation to Joanne Hudacek and Linda Mertes, for the wonderful care they offered Steve.
Send a condolence or sign the online guest book at www.lenroot-maetzold.com.