Anthony “Tony” Joseph Guresz
Anthony “Tony” Joseph Guresz passed peacefully in his sleep, November 20, 2013, after a long history of heart disease. Tony was born to Piotr and Karolina in Muszkatiwska, Poland. In 1930, his mother, older sister and he, joined his father in upstate New York. He, along with his sisters, were raised in Cohoes, NY. After graduating from Cohoes High School in 1943, Tony joined the Army, serving until 1946. While with the 101st (Screaming Eagles), he served across Europe, including Battle of the Bulge. During service, he was awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart with Oak Cluster, among other medals. Shortly after his honorable discharge in 1946, he followed his love of airplanes to the west coast. After acquiring his private pilot’s license and furthering his education, he joined the Air National Guard serving the 129th for over thirty years, retiring at the rank of SMSGT.
December of 1969, he married Marian (Isham) Madrid and became an ideal father to her four children: Randall, David Gregory, Christine (Madrid) Rogers and Roberta (Madrid) (Michael) Lazzarini. Upon retirement, Tony, Marian and her mother, Ethel (Robinson) Silva, moved to Ethel’s birthplace, Conconully, WA. While there, he built what was to be their home for the next 32 years. Tony also served as Conconully’s Post Master and two terms as Mayor.
Tony was survived and loved by his wife, Marian, of Wenatchee; sisters, Elzbieta (Robert, d) Wright, Joanna (Harold, d) Truax, Caroline Guresz and Patricia (Frank) Russo of NY, their children and all those born to Marian’s children and grandchildren who always knew that he stepped into our lives and became our family’s anchor.
At Tony’s request, there will be no services. Eastern Washington Veterans Cemetery’s Scattering Garden in Medical Lake, WA is Tony’s final resting place. Donations may be made to your local animal shelter.