Albert Frank Gausz, 93, of Harwich Port, passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, February 11, 2021, surrounded by his family and with his beloved wife Lois holding his hand.
Al was born on May 30, 1927, in Bronx, NY, to John Matthias and Marie (Vecsey) Gausz, who had both emigrated from Eastern Europe. He spent his childhood years in Scotch Plains, NJ. He served honorably in the U.S. Army from 1944 to 1947.
After earning a B.S. with Honors in Mechanical Engineering from Rutgers University in 1951, he worked for the U.S. Government for 28 years as a systems management engineer at Raritan and Picatinny Arsenals in New Jersey and Rock Island Arsenal in Illinois. His engineering skills also served him well at home where he designed and oversaw construction of ponds at two residences. He was very handy and frequently had a construction project going on, the most memorable one being a treehouse he built for his kids and their friends.
Al married the love and light of his life, Lois Burnett, on September 8, 1949, in Plainfield, NJ. They lived in several places while raising their family, including North Plainfield, Randolph and Chester, NJ and Geneseo, IL, before retiring to Cape Cod in 1981, where he went crabbing to his heart’s content.
His outreach and gifts had an impact on many people. He excelled at gardening. Family, friends and neighbors of all ages took part in gardening with him and enjoyed his delicious homegrown fruits and vegetables, particularly the unusual experience of harvesting saffron. In his late 60’s, Al became inspired to write Christian music, composing both melody and lyrics. He enjoyed performing with his vocalist at local nursing homes for over a decade. His uplifting songs were played for his church families at Cape Cod Covenant Church in Brewster and First Congregational Church in Harwich. He and Lois were ardent supporters of the Family Pantry of Cape Cod.
He will be deeply missed by his loving wife of 71 years, Marion Lois Gausz; two daughters, Janet (Jan) Godek and husband Robert Sikorski, of Long Valley, NJ and Elizabeth (Betty) Trummel and husband Christian Trummel, of Harwich, MA; and one son, Andrew Gausz, of Phoenix, AZ.
He is also survived by eight grandchildren: Wendy Godek Guevara and husband Lizandro; Jon Godek and fiancée Heather; Patrick Minnaert; Matthew Trummel and wife Cassie; Scott Trummel; Ryan Trummel; Julie Mandolini-Trummel; Linda Trummel Benck and husband Brian; four great-grandchildren: Austin, Jackson, Ella and Charlotte; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, John Alexander Gausz, in 2018.
A celebration of Al’s life is planned for early June, when we might safely gather.
In his memory, he would hope that you might do an unexpected and unsolicited act of kindness in his name, or to consider a donation to the Family Pantry of Cape Cod (www.thefamilypantry.com) or VNA Hospice of Cape Cod (www.VNACAPECOD.org).