Arthur L. Gorski, age 91, WWII Army Vet, of Willowbrook and Ft. Lauderdale, FLA, passed away January 8 at Hines VA Hospital.
A Memorial Mass will be held Saturday at 10:30 AM at Christ the King Church, 1501 S. Main Street, Lombard.
Mr. Gorski is survived by his loving children, Kenneth (Nikki), Cheryl (Jack) Hungerford, Gary (Sherry), and Paula (Matt) Zondor; his cherished grandchildren, Nicole (Adam) Ortega, Kenneth, Natalie, Paige Hungerford, Zakary, Hunter, Tyler Zondor, Hayley Zondor, and Peyton Zondor; his dear great-grandchildren, Aidan and Nicholas; and his sister-in-law, Jean; uncle and great-uncle to many. Mr. Gorski is preceded in death by his beloved wife, Helene nee Nowak; his siblings, Sonie (Jim) Halton, Joe, Ray and Gene (Betty).
Arthur, who went by Art, grew up in the Brighton Park neighborhood of Chicago.His father ran a tavern in the apartment building they owned and lived in.This was during the great depression and he had to share a tiny apartment withhis parents and four siblings. Art was very active in high school representing his senior class as one of the four officers and also enjoying his love of music, playing the bass fiddle. This love continued throughout his life, as he had his own band,”Art and the Temptones”, playing his bass and singing at many weddings over the years. He served in the U.S. Army and was one of the very few remaining World War II veterans still alive. Art received a college degree from DePaul University. His early career included several sales jobs until beginning a long time career with Sandoz Pharmeceuticals where he excelled earning top sales awards and international trips.
He married Helene Nowak from the Pilsen neighborhood and together had four children, Ken, Cheryl, Gary and Paula. They moved from their first home in Oak Lawn to Hickory Hills where they spent many, many years.
After retirement, they downsized to a condo in Willowbrook and enjoyed living the winter months at their condo in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, making many new friendships. Art continued living life as a “snowbird” after losing his wife almost four years ago and still enjoyed making new friends and talking with people, even up until his last weeks of life.
Memorials to Honor Flight, Inc, Attn: Diane Gresse, 300 E. Auburn Ave, Springfield, OH 45505 or American Diabetes Association, Chicago IL Office, 55 East Monroe Street, Suite 3420, Chicago, IL 60603, are appreciated.
Arrangements made by Brust Funeral Home. For more info 888-629-0094.