Catholic Transcript Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

WETHERSFIELD – Mary Elizabeth (Collevechio) Gatzak, 91, passed away peacefully on Feb. 23, 2014, at St. Francis Hospital in Hartford, surrounded by her loving family.

She was married for 46 years to the late John P. Gatzak Sr. The daughter of the late Amelio and Susan (Peruch) Collevechio, she was born in Pennsylvania. She reared her family in Newington before moving to Wethersfield to live with her daughter Marlene.

Mrs. Gatzak was a devoted member of St. Mary’s Church in Newington and its Ladies Guild, as well as the Polish American Club Women’s Auxiliary and the Traveler’s Retiree Group.

She leaves two sons, Father John P. Gatzak of Waterbury, director of radio and television for the Archdiocese of Hartford, and Robert P. Gatzak of Newington; daughter Marlene of Wethersfield; four grandchildren; a sister, Josephine Peroncik of Edison, N.J.; and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her brothers Carlo, James, Francis and Alfred Collevechio.

Father Gatzak presided at a Mass of Christian Burial on Feb. 27 at St. Mary’s Church. Burial followed in West Meadow Cemetery in Newington.

Memorial donations may be made to the Office of Radio and Television, Archdiocese of Hartford, 15 Peach Orchard Road, Prospect, CT 06712-1052, for the televised Celebration of the Eucharist.