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St. Richard Catholic Church
Saturday September 26th, 2020
1:00pm - 2:00pm

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Paul J. Dzyak

Paul J. Dzyak, age 81, of Swanton, Ohio, passed away peacefully, Friday evening, September 18, 2020, at Hospice of Northwest Ohio in Perrysburg, with his loving family at his bedside.  Paul was born July 8, 1939 in North Charleroi, Pennsylvania to John and Margaret (Bezuska) Dzyak.  Paul was a 1957 graduate of Monessen High School.  After graduation, he enlisted in the United States Navy and served aboard the USS Intrepid from March 3, 1959 to February 27, 1963. On October 19, 1963, he married his beloved wife, Susanne M. Gatesman.

Paul entered aviation school in Pittsburgh and obtained his Bachelors Degree in Applied Science from Siena Heights.  Paul started his career in Aviation Maintenance at National Flight Services at Toledo Express and retired from Dana.

He was an active and proud member of the Swanton Community and enjoyed daily breakfast at Mom's Restaurant. He was currently serving on Swanton Village Council. Paul was involved with the Fulton County Habitat for Humanity, Swanton American Legion Post #479, Swanton Elks, and member of the Pharoah's Car Club.  Paul was also a member of St. Richard Catholic Parish and Knights of Columbus - Sacred Heart Chapter.  His favorite past time was hunting, fishing, golfing and flying.

Paul is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 57 years, Sue; sons, Paul Jr. (Michelle) Dzyak, Michael (Laurie) Dzyak, Brian Dzyak and Todd (Rachel) Dzyak; grandchildren, Alison, Brianna, Melanie, Kathryn, Joshua, Anna, Elyssa, Natasha and Alexa; his sisters, Kathryn Upton and Margaret Putnam and brother, John (Jennifer) Dzyak; sister-in-law, Virginia Beichner and brother-in-law, Lawrence (Peggy) Gatesman.

Paul was preceded in death by his parents.

Family and friends may visit Saturday, September 26th from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at St. Richard Catholic Church in Swanton, where a Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 2:00 p.m., with Fr. Eric Culler presiding.  Interment will immediately follow in St. Richard’s Memorial Garden.

Memorial contributions may be to St. Richard Catholic Church or Hospice of Northwest Ohio.

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Larry and I have many good memories of our brother in law, Paul. One was at our wedding when he and my uncle partied hearty. I remember when he took me and larry up in a small plane. it was my first plane ride and i almost threw up due to the fact i was very pregnant with my last. He showed us some fancy flying, He was a friendly, kind, gentle soul. we will miss him.

Larry and Peggy Gatesman Sep 26 2020 12:00 AM

Paul was a devoted and loyal Elk. He was very special to me as he Initiated me and nominated me for Secretary that very same night. I remained Secretary until the merger with Maumee/BG 1850. An Elk is never forgotten never forsaken. The thoughts and prayers of all Swanton Elks are with you. Barbara Gerke

Barbara Gerke Sep 22 2020 12:00 AM

Dear Sue and Dzyak sons,

I was saddened to hear of Paul's passing. We all know how he was a devoted husband, father and community advocate. I have a lot of fond memories of Paul, Swanton and the rest of your family. My sincere sympathies to you and your family. George

George Darah Sep 22 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Paul Dzyak

Lynda Coffey & David Westmark Sep 21 2020 12:00 AM

Make A Wish and A Special Wish Foundation lost a friend and supporter. Paul always made my passion his. A loss to many. Prayers for your family.
Sue Koester

Sue Koester Sep 21 2020 12:00 AM

To the family of Paul Dzyak,
It is very sad to learn of the passing of Paul. He was a very nice man and it was always a pleasure talking with him.
My condolences go out to you, Sue and your family.Wishing you all the best for the coming time. My thoughts are with you..Hannie Fitch (the late Louis Fitch's wife) We knew Paul him from the Elks.

Hannie Fitch Sep 21 2020 12:00 AM

Thoughts and prayers are with you. May God give you strength at this most difficult time.

Bonnie & Ron Holdeman Sep 19 2020 12:00 AM