PORTLAND — Eva Gojzewski, 89, of Falmouth, died unexpectedly at Maine Medical Center on July 4 with her daughter at her side.
Born on May 25, 1922, in Rudki, Poland, she was the youngest of three daughters of Marcela Papuzynski and Albin Horak.
In 1946 she arrived in Brooklyn, N.Y., pregnant and carrying one suitcase, with her husband George Petrio-Gorski, a Russian pianist and orchestra conductor.
In 1955 she married Edward Gojzewski, an engineer with GTE, and lived together in Massachussetts until his death in 2000. She moved to OceanView at Falmouth in 2006 to be close to her daughter.
A remarkable woman who experienced firsthand the many horrors of World War II, she endured lack of food, multiple bombings and living as a refuge in Hungary. Her ability to speak four European languages enabled her to survive the difficult times.
Her faith in God radiated throughout her life. Friends described her as a role model because of her enthusiasm for life, positive attitude, sense of humor, joyous laughter and her staunch resiliency. She was known for her elegance, style, sense of fashion and pizazz.
In addition to being an avid reader, she loved opera and enjoyed attending performances at Portland Symphony, Maine State Music Theatre, Portland Stage Co. and Theater at Monmouth with her companion, David Astor. Another favorite pastime was taking drives with “her Dave” to places like Poland Springs, which reminded her of the area where she grew up in Poland.
Her family would like to thank the residents and staff of OceanView for the happy and satisfying life she enjoyed there.
Surviving are her daughter Lori Shuman of Cumberland Foreside; her grandson Dr. Jerome Shuman and his wife Dr. Setareh Razzaghi of Falmouth, and granddaughter Rebecca Shuman of Boston; her sister Stefania Fior of Poland; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at 9:45 a.m. on Saturday, July 16, at OceanView, 20 Blueberry Lane, Falmouth.
Arrangements are by Lindquist Funeral Home, One Mayberry Lane, Yarmouth.
Please visit lindquistfuneralhome.com to view a video collage of her life and to share your condolences, memories and tributes with her family.