Sandra Elaine Gudyka
March 29, 1945 – July 21, 2020
Sandra E. ‘Sandy’ Gudyka, 75, a lifetime resident of Pe Ell, Wash., passed away Tuesday, July 21, 2020. Sandy was born in Tacoma, Wash., March 29, 1945, to Tony and Jeannette (Foss) Milanowski. She was a 1963 graduate of Pe Ell High School.
She and Robert J. Gudyka were the first couple to be married at the new St. Joseph Catholic Church in Pe Ell on June 8, 1963. She worked at her Uncle Eddie’s Barber Shop & Confectionery in earlier years, before working as school Secretary for 22 years at the Pe Ell School.
Sandy enjoyed reading, working crosswords, and traveling the West Coast, particularly the cities of Reno, Palm Springs, Lake Tahoe, and Lincoln City. She loved cooking and shopping, as well as her home and backyard, but especially loved spending time with her family.
Sandy was preceded in death by her parents, Tony and Jeannette; son, Robert Gregory Gudyka; grandparents, Joe and Stella Milanowski and William and Myrtle Foss; aunt, Agnes Diamond; and uncles, Eddie and Leo Milanowski.
She is survived by her loving husband of 57 years, Robert; daughter, Julie (Daniel) Castro; granddaughter Kelsey (Austin) Piper; and brothers, Steven (Celia) Milanowski and Bill Milanowski. Other family members include Shirley Anderson, Ron (Phyllis) Anderson, Linda (Shawn) Spears, Stacy (John) Kaech, Joe (Misti) Milanowski, Kyle (Ashlley) Castro, Trish Castro, Mike (Judy) Gudyka, Ron (Kim) Gudyka, and Tony Milanowski; and other nieces and nephews .
Sandy will be greatly missed by all who ever had the pleasure of knowing this beautiful and special lady. A graveside service will begin at 11 AM on Saturday, August 15, at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Pe Ell, with Deacon Loren Lane officiating. Due to COVID- 19 restrictions, no reception will be held. In lieu of flowers, Sandy’s family asks that donations be made to St. Joseph’s Catholic School in Chehalis, the Pe Ell Ambulance Fund, or a charity of the giver’s choice.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Sandra Elaine Gudyka
Ken and Sue Rollins
August 2, 2020
Our deepest condolences go out to our dear friend Robert, Julie and Dan, Kelsey and Austin, and other family members as we all mourn the loss of your dear Sandy. May her loving and caring ways comfort you as you move forward in this difficult time.
Thinking of all our trips to Palm Springs will always be a highlight of our lives. Whether we flew or Robert and Ken drove us for the 2-day road trip, we all knew Sandy made sure she brought enough pairs of shoes! There was always room for one more pair! The guys would always hurry down to the pool in the morning and save our favorite spot for hours of relaxing in the sunshine.
We treasure the time we spent together; whether it was a special-occasion dinner out on the town or a quiet dinner at home followed by games of pinochle.
Ken always liked to kid Sandy about being “the older woman” in his life, even though she was only a few months older than he.
For the many years of memories Sandy, we want to remember you with the words of Andrew Gold’s song, “Thank You for Being a Friend.” Yes, we “traveled down a road and back again. Your heart is true, you’re a pal and a confidant.”
We’ll miss you!
August 1, 2020
Sandy was my life long forever friend. We never missed a chance to get together or talk on the phone and it was like we were never separated by distance.
She was always a kind and loyal friend; we even named our daughter after Sandy.
We have a lifetime of events and memories together, I’ll miss you dear friend; your memory will forever be with me. And until we meet again, I love you girlfriend .