Aldona Gozikowski Passes Away

September 30, 2011Print-Friendly Version

Aldona Gozikowski

Aldona Gozikowski. Photo by Evan Cantwell

Aldona Gozikowski, a Mason employee who retired in 2006 after 35 years of service to Mason and then returned the following year as a part-time employee, died on Sept. 28 from complications of amyloidosis.

Gozikowski most recently worked part-time in the College of Health and Human Services as an assistant to Mary-Earle Farrell, director of development. Gozikowski concluded her employment with the university in July 2011.

In 2004, when Gozikowski was executive assistant to Provost Peter Stearns, she was profiled in the Mason Gazette as “An Everyday Hero.” By her count, she had worked for seven provosts, including interim and acting, and held several other positions at Mason.

“Her service was exemplary, her devotion to the university unparalleled. She will be deeply missed,” said Provost Peter Stearns.

Gozikowski’s husband passed away in 2006. She is survived by two daughters, Michele Brennan and Karen Harant; two grandchildren, Devon Harant and Lainie Brennan; and a sister, Rose Mary Mataloni.

The family will receive visitors on Sunday, Oct. 2, from 3 to 5 p.m. at Everly Funeral Home, 10565 Main Street, Fairfax, VA 22030. Funeral services will be on Monday, Oct. 3, at 11 a.m. at All Saints Catholic Church, 9300 Stonewall Road, Manassas, VA 20110. Interment will follow at Fairfax Memorial Park, 9900 Braddock Road, Fairfax, VA 22032. The family suggests memorial contributions to All Saints Catholic Church.


12 Responses

  1. Teresa Scott says on:

    Aldona was such a beautiful person both inside and out. She is going to be greatly missed by all who knew her.

  2. Elizabeth Thompson says on:

    It was a great pleausre to have known Aldona. I enjoyed seeing her on campus and the few lunch dates we managed to have over the years. A truly wonderful person and a great Mason Patriot.

  3. Allan says on:

    Aldona was more than a colleague at GMU. She was a dear friend who touched my heart in profound ways. I will truly miss her.

  4. Martha Reiner says on:

    Aldona was always so upbeat and truly loved George Mason. She was so proud of
    her granchildren and was always ready to show their photos. May she rest in peace.

  5. Kim says on:

    Aldona was a lovely person and will be terribly missed. She always thought of others first. I was lucky to cross paths with her in my lifetime. May God bless her family.

  6. Laura Martinez Massie says on:

    My heart is broken… I loved Aldona and her sense of humor, spirit, and most of all, her unmatched energy. While I’ve been away from GMU for 13 years now, she’s one person I’ve never forgotten. May she rest in peace.

  7. Sharon Littley says on:

    What a lovely woman – always full of energy, smiles, and willing to help out in any way – truly always looking out for everyone first before herself. I will miss her. Peace for her daughters and grandchildren.

  8. Terry Zawacki says on:

    A gracious and lovely woman.The last time I saw her, perhaps a year or more ago walking from Pond parking to Robinson, she told me she’d come back to work at Mason after her husband had died and that the lesson she’d learned was that life should be lived in the moment. How sorry I am to hear she has passed.

  9. James Metcalf says on:

    What a wonderful person, and such a great sense of humor. She will be missed.

  10. Don Boileau says on:

    When I came to George Mason for my interview as department chair, Aldona was working for Provost King, my very first contact that day. She made me feel welcome with the sub-message that GMU was a great place to work. Every contact with her after that had the same message–here was a place of supportive people. She lived her faith in such a positive way. Let us never forget that the face of Mason for so many people is often the first people with whom they come in contact. A strength of Mason is when they can have as concerned and friendly person as Aldona. Thank you Aldona for all you gave to Mason.

  11. Sheryl says on:

    This is heartbreaking news. Aldona will be missed by us all, she was gracious, kind, and caring, had a sunny personality, and was a wonderful colleague. I wish peace and love to her children and grandkids.

  12. Mary Zamon says on:

    I feel that Aldona was part of the very heart of Mason- excellent in her work and excellent in her relationships with faculty, staff , students- anyone she met was instantly her friend. She embodied what we love and want to leave for Mason- love of good work, and love of the people we encounter.
    We will all miss her example and spirit.

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