Lowell Michael Gdula


Posted: Friday, December 26, 2003

Longtime Soldotna resident Lowell Michael Gdula died Monday, Dec. 22, 2003, of a massive heart attack at his home in Soldotna.

Memorial services will be at 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 27, 2003, at Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church in Kenai.

Mr. Gdula was born April 4, 1945, in Baltimore, Md., where he was raised. He attended and graduated from the Overlea High School in Baltimore and continued his education by receiving a degree in chemical engineering from

Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va. He moved to Soldotna in August of 1975 and worked for the Tesoro Alaska Refinery as chief process engineer until his death. He enjoyed scenery photography, especially the northern lights, fishing, hunting and collecting coins and stamps. He also was a big Civil War buff.

"Above everything else, Lowell treasured his family, his wife of nearly 26 years, Jean, and his son and daughter, Chris and Kari. He was very proud of his kids and spent hours videotaping every concert, sporting event or just fun things at home. Lowell always had one of his cameras handy and his passion was photographing the northern lights. He loved baseball and spent several years coaching Soldotna Little League teams. Lowell's other passion was fishing for red salmon at the Riverside Campground. He loved watching the History Channel and was a Civil War buff. He spent many hours surfing the Internet and sending jokes to his many friends and co-workers. Lowell loved to laugh, and even more, to make other people laugh," his family said.

Mr. Gdula was preceded in death by his parents, Michael and Mary Gdula.

He is survived by his wife of nearly 26 years, Jean Gdula of Soldotna; daughter, Kari Gdula of Soldotna; son and daughter-in-law, Chris and Nicole Gdula of Wasilla; brother and sister-in-law, Vaughn and Char Gdula of Saudi Arabia; brothers- and sisters-in-law, Mark and Kenda Blanning of Kenai, Mike and Lory Blanning of Fairbanks, Jim and Leslie Blanning of Nome, and Bill and Cindy Blanning of Wasilla; mother- and father-in-law, Beverly and Jim Blanning of Kenai; aunt and uncle, JoAnn and Floyd Hollenbaugh of Michigan; uncle and aunt, Jacob and Stella Woizesko of Baltimore, Md; and several nieces, nephews and other extended family in Michigan and Maryland.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Soldotna Little League, P.O. Box 418, Soldotna, AK 99669.

Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.

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