THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Joyce A. Girczyc
Joyce Angeline (Dewick) Girczyc, 91, of McKinleyville, Ca., formerly of Niagara, passed away Saturday morning, Aug. 26, 2017 at home.
Born Nov. 21, 1925 in Niagara, to the late Frank and Maud (Genrich) Dewick, at age 17, she left home and attended Illinois Masonic Hospital School of Nursing in Chicago, Ill. She married Chester Girczyc on Oct. 4, 1947 and he preceded her in death in 1983.
While in Chicago, she worked as a registered nurse at Illinois Masonic Hospital and Swedish Covenant Hospital. For 55 years she provided compassionate care in the operating room as staff nurse and as a manager for the emergency department and trauma center. Her best memories were of time with Dr. Theodore Fox, an orthopedic surgeon and team doctor for the Chicago Bears and the Chicago Cubs in the late 1940's and 1950's.
An active member of her local school board in Albany Park and the Chicago Girl Scout organization, she worked or volunteered and with her calm personality and good spirit, she was good in leadership roles.
In 1995, she moved to Northern California to be near her daughter and family and made friends in her new community. She swam with the "Arcata Waves", performed as a "Geri Actor", raised money and coordinated the McKinleyville Women's Club "Student of the Month" program, shared lunch with her third Friday group and was good friends with Millie, BJ and George, Aiko, Mary and many others. She had a good sense of humor and inspired her family and all who knew her.
She is survived by a daughter, Dr. Patricia (Steven J. Durham) Girczyc, McKinleyville, Ca.; two grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.
In addition to her parents and husband, Chester, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Arnold, Vernon and Marvin; two sisters, Kathryn and Beverly and a son-in-law, Dr. Eugene Blum in 2006.
Visitation was held at Jacobs Funeral Home-Niagara Chapel on Monday, Sept. 11 from noon until time of the at the funeral service at 1 p.m. Rev. James Danielson officiated with burial in Niagara Cemetery. Memorials can be made to the Niagara Historical Society in her memory.