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West 3755 US 2 - Spalding, Michigan 49886
John W. Gudwer
Date of Death: July, 05 2017

          John William Gudwer, 80, Spalding, passed away on Wednesday July 5, 2017 at Dickinson Memorial Hospital in Iron Mountain. He was born on February 19, 1937 in Escanaba, the son of the late William and Emma (Labre) Gudwer. He married the former Rita Johnson on January 26, 1974 in Iron Mountain.
          John worked at Goodwill in Carney for many years and loved woodworking. He resided at Pinecrest for the past seven years and enjoyed playing bingo, assisting other residents, and keeping the nurses on their toes.
          John is survived by his son: Bill Gudwer of Menasha, WI, sister: Mary (Jim) Martin, brother in law: Pat (Shirley) Johnson, sister in law: Judy (Melvin) Klee, nieces and nephews: Tuesday Schetter, Jennifer Eppers, Ken Johnson, Marshal Johnson, and Colton Klee, and great niece and nephews: Maizee Grace Eppers, Justin Deno, and Chase Kollmann.
          He was preceded in death by his parents, loving wife: Rita, and infant son: John Billy Gudwer.
          Visitation will be held on Wednesday July 12, 2017 at the Allo Coolman Funeral Home in Spalding  from 12:00 (noon) to 2:00 p.m. (CST). A funeral service to celebrate the life of John Gudwer will be at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home with Fr. Jacek Wtyklo officiating. Burial will follow services in the Spalding Township Cemetery.
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  • "Bill, We are so sorry for your loss. We hope that happy memories will be a comfort to you now and in the future. Robin & Keith"
    -Robin & Keith West

  • "Bill, We have many fond memories of your father, while working with him at Goodwill. There was always a smile on his face and a joke to be told. He will be missed by many. Staff and Clients at Goodwill."
    -Jolain St John

  • "Our family was sorry to hear of John's passing. John and my father (Lee Mislinski) became good friends when my father lived at Pinecrest at two different times. The second time my father passed away April 2014 and John had told us "I will miss that man". John would light up when we would visit my dad which was every other day and we would stop in John's room to say hi. Please accept our condolences. Ruth Mislinski Spriks Family Schroeder Family Mislinski Family"
    -Jennifer Spriks

  • "of course John was my boyfriend all these years since we were kids I hung around with his sister Mary and all her friends were his girl friends. He was such a caring person His wife was his number one girlfriend whom he loved very much...I bet his mom and dad were gladly waiting for him..Emma and Bill had much knowledge and shared it with many folks John and Mary and all their kids and family were their world RIP John John loved everybody He had many friends."
    -phyllis king

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