Gerald Kufel

Born: Wed., Apr. 13, 1938
Died: Sun., Dec. 17, 2017


2:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Thu., Dec. 14, 2017
Location: W.K. Sujkowski & Son Funeral Home

Vigil Service

7:00 PM Thu., Dec. 21, 2017
Location: W.K. Sujkowski

Funeral Mass

11:00 AM Fri., Dec. 22, 2017
Location: St. Hyacinth Catholic Church

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Gerald “Jerry”, “Dzia Dzia” Kufel, age 79, of Holland, passed away on December 17, 2017, after a lengthy battle with congestive heart failure since 2000.   He was born on April 13, 1938 to Jacob and Mary (Bobak) Kufel on Tecumseh St., in the Polish Kushwantz neighborhood in south Toledo.  Jerry attended Nativity and St. Hyacinth grade schools, graduating in 1952.  He attended and graduated from Macomber Vocational High School in 1956.  Jerry proudly served in the United States Navy Reserves from 1955-1963.  In 1963 he married Kathleen Kurdziel.  Jerry worked for Ohio Bell/Ameritech for 38 years, Buckeye Telesystem for 9 years, and retired from Cellular One after one year.  Jerry was a pioneer against smoking, serving 9 years on the Board of Northwestern Ohio Lung Association.  He was a devoted Catholic, faith in Jesus Christ was very important in his life, reinforcing his marriage and family life and he was a member of Little Flower Catholic Church. In earlier years, Jerry coached his sons in baseball and he was proponent of health and fitness, he loved to run.  He was also an avid fan of Sylvania Southview Boys Soccer, the New York Yankees and Notre Dame football.
Jerry was preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Stella (John) Polaski, Rose (Steve) Kaifas, Lottie (Gene) Oleksiak, Sophie Kufel and Ray Kufel; goddaughter Sharon Malecki; nephews Jack and Tom Polaski; and niece Nancy Melchoir.   He will be dearly missed by his loving wife of 54 years, Kathleen; children, Jennifer (Ted) Borgert, Gary (Rachel) Kufel, Anthony, Timothy, Valerie (Chris) Lauffer, Andrew and Cassandra; grandchildren, Audrey (William), Myrna, Beatrice, Iris, Natalie, Vivian, Teddy, Ingrid, Cobi, Sarah, Naomi, Jared, Ashley, Carter.  Also surviving are extended family and friends.
Family and friends may visit on Thursday from 2-8:00p.m., with a scripture service at  7:00p.m. at the W.K. Sujkowski & Son Funeral Home, 3838 Airport Hwy.  The Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, December 22, 2017 at St. Hyacinth Church at 11:00a.m. where family and friends may visit after 10:00a.m.   Interment will follow at Resurrection Cemetery.   The family would like to express a special thank you to Hospice of Northwest Ohio and Dr. James C. Roberts and his nurses for their compassionate care and support.  

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Ed Pawlowicz
   Posted Wed December 20, 2017
Cousin Kitty and Family ..... You have my deepest sympathy. -Ed

Riachard and Del Pawlowicz
   Posted Wed December 20, 2017
Sorry to hear of your loss. Del and I offer you and your family our prayers and deepest sympathy.

Christine Marie Kajfasz
   Posted Wed December 20, 2017
My condolences to you and your family. It had been a long time since seeing him in church since his sisters died, Jerry will be missed by all.

Michael Kurdziel Jr
   Posted Thu December 21, 2017


Peace, Prayers and Blessings,

Terry and Betty Caldwell
   Posted Thu December 21, 2017
Kitty, we are very sorry for your loss. We remember meeting with Jerry and always thought he was a special guy. Our prayers go out to you and your family. We will always remember Jerry.

Tori Boyer Kaczynski
   Posted Thu December 21, 2017
I can't express how deeply saddened I was to hear about Mr. Kufel. Almost every childhood memory I have involves the Kufel family. Mr. Kufel would take me with them to see Busia (his Mom), visit Aunts and Uncles, take us swimming, go to County Fairs and so many more places. I will cherish these memories forever. He was such a kind and caring person. I'm so sorry for your loss and I wish I could be there with all of you. Love Always, Tori

Sowers Family
   Posted Fri December 22, 2017
Dear Andy and Cobi, Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss…our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.

Jim Koval
   Posted Fri December 22, 2017
Mrs. Kufel and Family,
I had the privilege of working with Jerry at Cellular One. In fact, I was his hiring Manager. I always found Jerry to be an ethical, good human being and always enjoyed his company. I am sorry to hear Jerry is no longer with us but I am happy because he is with our Savior Jesus Christ. My prayer is that you have peace through the Holiday's and know you are in our thoughts!

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