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Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church
Tuesday February 20th, 2018
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Mass of Christian Burial

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Wednesday February 21st, 2018

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George J. Szatko

George J. Szatko, Sr., 83, of St. Paul, died Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, at the Greeley Care Home in Greeley. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in St. Paul. The Rev. Rayappa Konka will celebrate the Mass. Burial will be in the Elmwood Cemetery in St. Paul, with graveside military honors by Charles Martin American Legion Post 186 of Greeley. Visitation will be Tuesday, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the church with a 7:30 p.m. rosary. Peters Funeral Home of St. Paul is assisting the family. George was born on Dec. 4, 1934, at Greeley, the son of Joseph A. and Gertrude (Kowalski) Szatko. He grew up in Greeley where he attended Sacred Heart Catholic School. He served in the United States Army from May 1954 to March 1957, having a tour of duty in Germany. He was officially discharged from the Army Reserves in 1962. He was united in marriage to Norma J. Witt on April 23, 1955, in Louisville, Kentucky. The couple lived and raised their family in St. Paul. Over the years George was the manager of the American Legion Club in St. Paul, worked as a propane delivery and serviceman, worked at Christensen Sand & Gravel and for Dinsdale's in Palmer. He also raised cattle near Cushing. George and friends took many a memorable trip to Louisville for the Kentucky Derby. In 2015, he moved to Kerry Kourt in Greeley to be closer to Norma, who was a resident of the Greeley Care Home. In 2017, he joined her there, where he lived the rest of his life. He was a longtime member of Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in St. Paul and Burton-Beyer American Legion Post 120 of Palmer. In 2015, he became a member of the Charles Martin American Legion Post 186 of Greeley. George had a gambler's heart! He loved casino trips and playing Keno, Lotto and Powerball every week. In his younger days he always had a large garden, out of which he made his own horseradish and dill pickles. He also had a “Polish Hunting License” and would make canned deer. George loved cooking for family and friends, no matter the time of day or night. He made many a roaster of raccoon, snapping turtle and whatever for the patrons of the Office Bar in St. Paul. He also loved watching baseball games sitting in his truck at the St. Paul Ball Fields and visiting his numerous friends in all the area nursing homes. His drink of choice was Dr. Pepper and he never said no to a Hot Beef Sandwich at the Skyline Cafe in St. Paul. He is survived by his wife, Norma J. Szatko of the Greeley Care Home in Greeley; one son, George Szatko, Jr. of Pace, FL; two daughters and sons-in-law, Trudy and Bruce Edwards of Tulsa, OK and Jeanne and Gregg Boyce of Show Low, AZ; 6 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren; one sister and brother-in-law, Leona and Gary Stone of Columbus; two brothers and three sisters-in-law, Joseph and Shirley Szatko of Columbus, Anthony and Pat Szatko of Columbus, and Mary Szatko of Platte Center. He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Anthony James Szatko; sister and brother-in-law, Helen and Virgil Brezenski; brother, Edward Szatko; nephew, John Brezenski and niece, Sharon Brezenski. Memorials are suggested to the Charles Martin American Legion Post 186 of Greeley.

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We are so very sorry to hear of George's passing, sending thoughts and prayers for the entire family. The Smollen families, Grand Island NE.

Theresa Smollen Hansen Feb 20 2018 4:51 PM

I am so sorry to hear about George's passing. He was a wonderful guy with a great sense of humor. Enjoyed our chats. I am making a donation to the Greeley Legion Club and will have Masses said. I am unable to get to the wake or funeral. Please advise where I can send the Mass card. Mickey McFadden Greeley, Ne

mickey Mcfadden Feb 20 2018 4:40 PM

So sorry to hear about George's passing. I always enjoyed talking to George Sr. And when George Jr was there I also enjoyed talking to him. Thoughts and prayers. Cheryl Johnson.

Cheryl. Johnson Feb 19 2018 7:11 PM

My deepest sympathy to all of George's family. He was a fun man and enjoyed life to the fullest. When I would see him in St. Paul, he always had a smile and usually a joke to share. Fond memories of George and Norma, such a wonderful couple. Cherish all your awesome memories as they will be special forever. Prayers to all of you. Velda Peters

VeldaPeters Feb 19 2018 6:45 PM

George, Jeanne, and Family, So sorry to hear of the passing of your Dad. I have many fond memories of George . . . he was a friendly and kind-hearted man who always had a story to tell or something to share. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. With sympathy,

Geri Rorabaugh Feb 19 2018 8:01 AM

I last seen George at the park St Paul sad to hear of his passing. I am the daughter of Bernard Kowalski Angeline (Angie) Kowalski Marsh Comstock Ne.

Angie Marsh Feb 18 2018 5:02 PM

A candle was lit in memory of George Szatko

Theresa Coplen Feb 15 2018 8:43 PM

Mysincere sympathy to Georges family! I grew up knowing George thru my dad Whistle! And never left George without getting a quarter!! My children also grew up knowing him as Georgie Porgie ! He was a great guy and never focgot who you were! Will miss seeing you George:heart::heart:RIP! Mary Scott and tam

nary scott, greeley, whistles dtr Feb 14 2018 11:55 PM