October 23, 1939 - February 5, 2017
Avon Lake, Ohio | Age 77
Robert W. Godlewski passed away peacefully on February 5, 2017 at Avon Oaks after a short illness. He was married to love of his life, Judy Godlewski, for fifty-four years after meeting as education majors at Kent State University. Bob was born to Sophie and Alex Godlewski in 1939 in Lorain Ohio. He leaves behind a lasting legacy of love, patience and gentleness with his wife Judy; sons Ken (Angie) and Don (Jan); six grandchildren that were the joy of his later life -Hayden, Jessica (Avon Lake, Ohio), and Mac, Evan, Kyle, and Starr (Annapolis, MD). Bob left behind one brother, Stan (Claudia) in Avon Lake, whose children were particularly most helpful and kind throughout the last month of his illness. Bob also left one sister, Sister Mary Illuminata in Garfield Heights, Ohio. Bob was preceded in death by his mother and father; brothers John, Joe and Walter; and sisters Janet and Helen, whose children David Stronsky (Joanie) and Karen had a special place in Bob's life.
Bob graduated from the original Lorain High School in 1957, earned a BS and Masters in Education from Kent State University in 1963 and 1964 respectfully. Having found his life's work, Bob started teaching at Fairhome Elementary School in Lorain. He next taught in Avon Lake; at Erieview Elementary, at Learwood Junior High where he taught 6th grade and coached football and was assistant principal, and he later became principal at Eastview Elementary. Bob became the supervisor of student teaching at Ashland University after retiring from Avon Lake City Schools. He was passionately devoted to his students, particularly those having "trouble", and to his teachers and staff many of whom remained his and Judy's friends later in life. He represented the very best of his noble profession.
Bob was an avid sports fan; loved his Indians and Browns (believe it or not). He was a good baseball player as a young man, playing on various Lorain teams and later coaching in the Lorain Little League program.
He was dearly loved by his family and friends; actively lending a hand to those in need at St. Anthony Parish before joining Holy Spirit Church. He quietly set an example of integrity and right from wrong to many, including his many students who would update him on their lives out and about in Avon Lake, bringing a smile to his face, and in particular to his sons and grandchildren, for whom life is a little clearer by simply asking "What would Grandpa do?".
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be forwarded to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 . Friends may call at the Busch Funeral Home, 163 Avon Belden Rd., Avon Lake on Thursday, February 9 from 2-7pm. Mass will be held at Holy Spirit Church, 410 Lear Rd., Avon Lake on Friday, February 10 at 10am (meet at church). (440)933-3202 www.buschcares.com