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Lawrence J. Godek

May 27, 2014

Lawrence J. Godek

LINCOLN - Lawrence J. "Larry" Godek, 92, of Williams Street, died Saturday, May 24, at home. He was the beloved husband of sixty-five years of the late Josephine (Zaborski) Godek.
Born in Plymouth, PA, a son of the late Frank and Teophila (Mazurkiewicz) Godek, he grew up in Taunton, Mass., and later built his home in Lincoln, where he and his wife lived for more than sixty years.
Mr. Godek was a World War II Army veteran, earning a Bronze Star, and numerous medals, while serving in the European Theatre.
Following the war, Mr. Godek graduated from New England Tech, and went on to work as a Civilian Government Employee, managing Nike Missile sites in Rhode Island. He later worked as the Maintenance Supervisor at the Community College of Rhode Island-Flanagan Campus.
He was an active communicant of Saint Jude Church, Lincoln, serving as an usher for many years. He was also a member of the American Radio Relay League, the Blackstone Valley Historical Society, the Lincoln AARP and the National Association of Retired Federal Employees.
Uncle Larry's sense of humor and love for life was contagious to everyone. He loved spending time with his family, being outdoors and at the home he built in Lincoln, N.H.
He was the adored "Uncle Larry" of his nieces and nephews, Jeffrey and Kelly Murphy of Douglas, MA, Barbara Zaborski of Kingston, Sharon and Philip Burke of Rochester, N.Y., Kevin and Cheryl Murphy of Summerville, S.C., and Michael and Carolyn Zaborski of Exeter. He is also survived by two sisters-in-law, Jane Murphy of Douglas, MA, and Helen Gauvin of Penfield, N.Y., and several great-nieces, great-nephews, great-great nieces and great-great nephews. He was the uncle of the late David Zaborski and Peter Gauvin, and the brother of the late Walter Godek, Charles Godek, Anthony Godek, Julie Preneta and Angela Zmebiec.
His funeral will be held Wednesday, May 28 at 9:00 a.m. from BELLOWS FUNERAL CHAPEL, 160 River Road, Lincoln, with the celebration of a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 a.m. in Saint Jude Church, 301 Front Street, Lincoln. Burial, with military honors, will follow in Resurrection Cemetery, Cumberland. Relatives and friends are invited, and may call Tuesday from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory to Home & Hospice Care of R.I., 1085 North Main Street, Providence, R.I. 02904 would be appreciated. For directions and guestbook, please visit

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