Eugene P. ‘Gene’ Gaworski

FAIRMONT – Mass of Christian Burial for Eugene P. “Gene” Gaworski, 80, of Fairmont, Minn., will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 24, at St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Fairmont. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Fairmont.

Gene passed away Monday afternoon, Jan. 20, 2014, at Mayo Clinic Health System in Fairmont. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, at Lakeview Funeral Home in Fairmont, and will continue one hour prior to the services at the church on Friday. There will be a prayer service 7 p.m. Thursday at Lakeview Funeral Home in Fairmont.

Eugene “Gene” Paul Gaworski was born Sept. 10, 1933, in Fairmont, Minn., the son of Paul B. and Rose V. (Landsteiner) Gaworski. Gene attended Catholic parochial school through eighth grade and then attended and graduated from Fairmont High School. Gene married Mary Ann Pauley on Jan. 10, 1953, in Madelia and they lived in Fairmont. Mary Ann passed away in July 1959. On Dec. 10, 1960, Gene married Ramona Grace King in Fairmont. Gene worked as the route manager for Hiland Potato Chip Co. for 32 years. He served communities within a 50-mile radius of Fairmont, retiring in 1992.

Gene lived his entire life within five blocks of where he was born. He was a member of St. John Vianney Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus. He sold vintage post cards on E-Bay and enjoyed going to flea markets and auctions.

Those who will cherish his memory include his wife, Ramona Gaworski of Fairmont; seven children, Marcia Twait and her husband, James, of Deatsville, Ala., Lynn Kelley and her husband, Larry, of Boise, Idaho, Paul Gaworski and his wife, Lynn, of Waukesha, Wis., Karen Shoen and her husband, Alan, of Truman, Minn., Mark Gaworski of Spencer, Iowa, John Gaworski of Ft. Worth, Texas, and Theresa Winter and her husband, Dean, of St. Peter, Minn.; 14 grandchildren, Rachel Twait Dean, Nichole Shoen Shell (Ryan), David Shoen, Shaun Kelley (Renee), Ashton Kelley, Jessica Winter Olson (Erik), Michael Winter, Stephanie Winter, Connor Winter, Jennifer Gaworski, David Gaworski, Kristen Gaworski, Kate Gaworski, Joe Gaworski; six great-grandchildren, Braeden Shell, Gavin Kelley, Graham Kelley, Gemma Kelley, Kaylee Gaworski and Ella Jackson; sister, Mary Lee Wright and her husband, Rupert; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Ruby and Jerry Jorgensen, Sharon and Marvin Sachwitz, and Wynona Gaworski; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

In addition to his parents, Paul and Rose Gaworski, and his first wife, Mary Ann Pauley Gaworski, Gene was preceded in death by two brothers, Richard and Jerome Gaworski; daughter-in-law, Stephanie Gaworski; parents-in-law, Lawrence and Lillian Pauley, Mildred and Earl Simonson.