Joseph Edwin Gildursky, age 79, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018. Joe was born March 27, 1938 in Cedar, to Joseph W. and Mildred (Wentzel) Gildarski. He leaves behind a sister, Dorothy (Donald) Chandler, of Hamilton; a brother in law, Joseph Pawloski, of Grawn; his five children, Michael (Jill) Lovano, of Buckley, Dawn (Denny) Youker, Matthew Lovano, Tina (Robert Denzel) Lovano, of Kingsley, and Jolyn (Tom Kerwin) Clark, of Grand Rapids; his ex-wife, Sandra Lovano, of Traverse City; as well as many extended family members and friends.
When Joe was going to Central High School in Traverse City, he gained his first nickname by playing football. His nickname, "The Moose", was earned by dragging four or five other boys into the end zone to score a touchdown and the story made it into the Record-Eagle. The following week he was moved up to varsity.
Throughout Joe's life he excelled at what he set his mind to do. For instance, when he applied to work in an automotive plant in Jackson, the lady who gave him the agility test said he was the fastest she had ever tested. Needless to say, he got the job. Eventually, Joe moved back to northern Michigan to be near his family.
However you knew Joe by (Joey, Uncle Joe, Doc or U.J.), one thing everyone knew about him, was that he was an excellent self-taught musician. Not only did Joe play in many local bands over the years, but he also gave guitar lessons, taught music theory, had a talent for fixing musical instruments at The Guitar Shop in downtown Kingsley and played a mean "Boogie Woogie" on the piano.
All are welcome to a celebration of life being held by his children on Saturday, July 21, 2018 at Baxter Bridge State Forest Campground at 1 p.m. The Rev. Thomas Kerwin will be officiating. Bring your memories of Joe, as his spirit will surely be there. Memorial donations will be accepted for the American Cancer Association.
Published on May 18, 2018