Anna Julia (Szalkowski) Gordecki

Born: Wed., Apr. 1, 1925
Died: Sun., Jul. 29, 2018


4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Thu., Aug. 02, 2018
Location: Nunn and Harper Funeral Home

Prayer Service

10:15 AM to 10:15 AM, Fri., Aug. 03, 2018
Location: Nunn and Harper Funeral Home

Mass of Christian Burial

11:00 AM Fri., Aug. 03, 2018
Location: Transfiguration of Our Lord Catholic Church

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ROME, NY ~ Anna “Ann” J. Gordecki, 93, formerly of S. George St., Rome, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Sunday, July 29, 2018 at the Masonic Care Community of New York in Utica where she had been a resident.

Anna was born on her family’s farm in West Leyden, NY on April 1, 1925, the youngest of seven children of William and Mary (Gacek) Szalkowski.  She was educated in West Leyden and Boonville schools and was a 1944 graduate of West Leyden Central School.  Following high school, she worked as an Operator for the Upstate Phone Company in Boonville.

She married Nicholas W. Gordecki on June 23, 1947 in St. Joseph’s Church, Boonville, NY, with the Rev. Robert Driscoll, Pastor, who officiated.  Mr. Gordecki died on March 24, 1995.

After her marriage, she and her husband moved to Rome where she worked at the former Montgomery Ward Store.  In 1958, she became employed by the Rome Developmental Center where she worked for 25 years before retiring in 1983 as a Dining Room Attendant.

Anna was a longtime communicant of Transfiguration of Our Lord Catholic Church in Rome and was a former member of the South Rome Senior Citizens and Rome Polish Home.

Throughout her life, she enjoyed traveling, working in her plentiful vegetable garden where she grew her famous horseradish, and spending time with her family and grandchildren to whom she was lovingly known as “Annie”, “Gram”, “Auntie” and “GG Annie”.

Anna is survived by her loving daughter and son-in-law, Caroline M. and James E. Scanlon, of Rome; her five cherished granddaughters and spouses, Kristen L. Scanlon, of Boston, MA, Megan A. Scanlon, of Brooklyn, NY, Jennifer M. and Matthew Mogel, of Lee Center, NY, Alicia J. Scanlon, Syracuse, NY and Kelly L. and Jesse Tripp, Rolesville, NC; four great grandsons, Connor and Riley Tripp, of Rolesville, NC, and Dylan and Logan Mogel, of Lee Center, and nieces and nephews.

In addition to her loving husband, “Nick”, of almost 48 years, she was predeceased by two sisters, Agnes Johnson and Mary Baker, and four brothers, Michael, Stanley, John and Joseph Szalkowski, and her special niece, Christine Baker.

Anna’s funeral service will be held on Friday, August 3, 2018, beginning with a 10:15 a.m. Prayer Service at Nunn and Harper Funeral Home, 418 N. George St., Rome, followed by an 11:00 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial from Transfiguration Church with the Reverends Abraham L. Esper and Philip A. Hearn, concelebrating.  Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Rome.

Calling hours will be held on Thursday, August 2nd, from 4:00 until 7:00 p.m. at Nunn and Harper Funeral Home.

Arrangements are with Scanlon Funeral Home, Croghan, NY. 

For those wishing, Memorial Donations in honor of Anna may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

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Sally H Arcuri
   Posted Tue July 31, 2018
To Caroline, Jim and family. You're mom was a great lady and I will always remember when fall rolled around and you'd see cabbage everywhere, I'd say..."Annie it's time for galumpkis" and more times than not she'd make a batch and send a few my way. She told me what was in them and how to make them, but they are never quite the same. She will be missed by many. Love Sally and Tom

Stephanie D Schell
   Posted Thu August 02, 2018
Jennifer, I am very sorry to hear about your grandmother's passing. My prayers are with your family during this very difficult time.

Scott & Ida McElhearn
   Posted Thu August 02, 2018
Carol & Jim and Family,
We were so sorry to hear of your mother's passing. Her life was a celebration of happiness and love for her family and she will be truly missed. We are sorry we cannot be there with you all at this time, We sent our love and prayers. Scott & Ida

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