May 1, 1947 – November 18, 2020
Andrew Gudelsky Obituary
It is with great sadness that I share the news that Andrew Gudelsky, 73, of Silver Spring, MD peacefully passed away on November 18th, 2020. Andy was diagnosed with ALS almost a year ago today. He put up a tremendous fight for the past year holding on to spend extra time with his sons and grandsons. In the end, he passed peacefully with his sons Henry and Will by his side and he was able to hear those closest to him say goodbye one last time.
Andrew was born on May 1st, 1947 in Baltimore, Maryland to Albert and Audrey Gudelsky. He went to school at Blair High School in Silver Spring, MD and he earned his Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Miami in Miami, Florida. He married Cheryl Kressin Disson with whom he had three children. He was previously married to Annette Cohen and later married Linda Goodwin.
Andrew was passionate about golf, music, and cars. He won club tournaments with his father, got high with Janis Joplin, was accidentally hit in the head by Jim Morrison at a concert. He once, surprised his parents by returning home from school with drag racing trophies that he won with his Chevy Chevelle. He eventually traded in his Chevelle racing days for a 1974 Corvette.
He worked as a co-owner of the Laurel Block Company alongside his father, Albert Gudelsky, his uncle Jerome Gudelsky, and cousins Marc and Steven Gudelsky. It would be tough to say if it was dustier inside or outside the manufacturing plant, but that never kept him from keeping meticulous bookkeeping records, much to the delight of their accountant, David Katz. Andrew was known by his friends as one of the kindest people around who would do anything for those he loved. Andy and gang (Paul, Jimmy, Harry, Mark, Barry, Bobby, and Bernie) loved their time together playing poker and going on fishing trips.
Andy enjoyed his time with his sons, grandsons and dogs the most. He loved to tell stories of his dog, Jingles, snagging food from others and bringing him to work. Andy was a patient father who loved to celebrate his children’s successes and never got upset when they made mistakes, instead he gave them support and understanding no matter how ridiculous his kid’s actions may have been. He was an enthusiastic baseball coach to his son’s and successfully encouraged to follow in his coaching footsteps. Andrew was an avid DC sports fan. He passed along all the excitement, triumph, and often times anguish that goes along with what it means to love the Nats, Caps, and Washington Football team to his boys.
Andrew is preceded in death by (his parents Albert R. Gudelsky and Audrey Hollins Gudelsky).
Andrew Gudelsky is survived by (his three sons Henry (Christiana Robbat) Gudelsky, Will (Paige Bearnarth) Gudelsky, and Edward Max Gudelsky; his sisters Amy (Steven Schwartz) Gudelsky, Ann Gudelsky (Dave Joe Cipriano) Cipriano; and his three grandsons Ethan Pelzman-Gudelsky, Brayden Gudelsky and Beau Gudelsky.
A private funeral service will be held at noon on Monday November 23rd at the National Funeral Home. A public graveside service will immediately follow at 1pm at King David Memorial Gardens. Both services will be streamed at https://youtu.be/bkZuE0BxLcY.
Andrew Gudelsky was involved in several charitable organizations throughout the Metropolitan Area, in honor of him, a fund has been created to help care for those with ALS in DC, MD, and VA. If you would like to contribute to the fund in his honor, you can do so at this link: http://web.alsa.org/goto/andrewgudelsky
November 24, 2020
I am so sorry to learn of this loss. Andy was a terrific guy who left us all way too soon. Please accept my condolences.
Janet Adelberg Davis
November 23, 2020
Dear Henry and Will,
My Cousin Andy was always lovely and kind with a glowing , knowing smile. We had fabulous family times together with warm feelings among all of us. Stories of what we were all doing and where we were living were important to everyone.
Our grandparents had celebrated special events and holidays and we all met at their home. We often met at his parents, My Aunt Audrey and Uncle Al's home
These fabulous memories are part of me.
While I moved away from the Baltimore area, I thought of him often.
May his Memory be for a Blessing.
November 22, 2020
So sad that Andy left so soon. He was a loving cousin,brother son and grandson. May his memory give warmth to those who loved him.
Arlene and David Elling
November 22, 2020
My fondest memory growing up was when I would go to Amy’s
house. Amy and I would sneak into Andies room to look at his records, when he didn’t know we were there. But, usually we got caught!
Andy was a great guy, full of energy and love for his family.
I wish you peace, Andy.
Much love ,
Ar and David
November 20, 2020
We are so sorry for your loss. Our prayers 🙏 and thoughts are with you. Cherish your memories.
Joyce and Randy Rossnan