On February 17, 2021, Anne Piechowicz, 91, entered into rest and was reunited with her beloved husband, Leo.
Anne was born in Utica on February 20, 1929, to the late Charles and Eleanor (Rodzinka) Gudyka. On September 30, 1950, she married Leo Piechowicz at Holy Trinity Church, a loving union of 54 years until his death in February 2005. She was retired from the Utica Crossing Guards, GE and Robert Hall Clothes.
Anne is survived by three children, Nancy Murphy, and her husband, Daniel, Judy Hoffman, and her husband, Gary, and John Piechowicz; four grandchildren, Traci LaVallee, and her husband, Brendan Snodgrass, Joseph Hoffman, and his wife, Holly, Brian Hoffman, and his wife, Christina, and Andrew Hoffman; three great grandchildren, Avangelene Hoffman, Jacoby Hoffman and Gianna Hoffman; two sisters, Patricia Zurakowski, and her husband, Fred, and Donna Fogarty; two sisters-in-law, Ann-Marie Gudyka, and Beverly Piechowicz; as well as numerous much-loved nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husband, Leo, and her parents, Anne was predeceased by her siblings, Catherine Kolodziej, Gladys Handzel, and Charles Gudyka; and her nephews, Frank Handzel and Jack Boehlert.
Anne was kind, loving, independent, stubborn, funny, and the warmest, most welcoming person. She was cherished by many, but especially so by all of the young people that received her love and guidance as they passed through her home on Miller Street in the last 60 years, particularly Lisa Rajchel, Shelley Femia, John Handzel and Denise Sorge. She was also a treasured friend to many that married into her large extended family through the years, particularly Abbe Peres and Kathy Handzel, with whom she had a very special relationship. Anne was immensely loved and will be greatly missed, but her spirit, love and guidance will remain forever within everyone who loved her.
Services for Anne will be private to the immediate family, due to the Covid-19 pandemic. A future memorial service and celebration of her life will be announced at a time when we all can gather together safely. In lieu of flowers, those so wishing may have a mass said for Anne.
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