The Obit For Ray Gabrych

Gabrych, Raymond F.

The Winona Post, 10/25/2009

Raymond F. Gabrych, age 83, of Winona, MN, died on Thursday, October 22, 2009, at the Roger Metz Manor in Winona.

He was born on February 6, 1926, to Frank I. and Josephine (Wojtalewicz) Gabrych. In 1950 he married Elizabeth A. Bergaus in Winona, MN. She preceded him in death on December 27, 1997.

Ray was a member of St. Stanislaus Kostka Church and the Winona Athletic Club.

He honorably served his country with the United States Navy. Ray was very proud of the fact that he played minor league baseball for the New York Yankees for two years. He was employed as a fireman for the Winona Fire Department for 29 years and worked in maintenance for 12 years at St. Mary’s University.

He is survived by his brother, Elmer (Maxine) Gabrych, Winona, MN; sister-in-law, Gertrude Gabrych, Winona, MN; brother-in-law, William Bergaus; and special and devoted friend, Jeane (Mike) Corcoran.

Ray was preceded in death by his wife; parents; infant son, Robert; brothers, James, Leonard, Harold, Eugene and Joseph; and sister, Dorothy.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 AM, on Monday, October 26, 2009, at St. Stanislaus Kostka Church. The Reverend Thomas J. Hargesheimer will officiate.

Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, where the American Legion Leon J. Wetzel Post #9 will provide full military honors.

Visitation will be held at St. Stanislaus Kostka Church on Monday, October 26, 2009, from 10 AM until the time of the Mass.

Members of the Winona Fire Department will serve as pallbearers.

Ray’s family would like to thank the staff at the Roger Metz Manor for the loving care Ray received during the time that he lived there.

Online condolences or memories may be left for Ray’s family at

Entrusted to our care – Watkowski-Mulyck Funeral Home.