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John J. "Gitzy" Kaziukonis

Saturday, December 5th, 2020
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John Joseph Kaziukonis (Gitzy) 73, of Hudson, passed away peacefully on December 5, 2020 in his home, surrounded by his loving family. Born in Dorchester on June 22, 1947, to the late Rhuland Burgess and Mary Kaziukonis. He was the beloved husband of 37 years to Renate (Wirth) Kaziukonis.

John joined the Marines in 1967 where he served honorably in Vietnam earning many decorations. He then joined the Maynard Police Department and was a patrolman for 26 years. Along with being a Police Officer, he owned his own construction and landscaping business (MJK Services), which allowed him to create his visions for everyone to enjoy.

John and Renate (Rae) married and settled in Hudson where they raised their 6 girls. John cherished his time with his family and friends and enjoyed hosting parties and celebrations. He was a strong and selfless man his entire life. He loved his family and friends and every person he met was always welcomed with open arms. John always saw the best in all people. He continued that strength and love while he courageously battled all the struggles of Parkinson’s.

John enjoyed traveling with his family and especially enjoyed his trips to Florida, Maine and the Catskills. He was an avid bass fisherman participating in many tournaments. Hunting, golfing and playing cards with friends were some of his other favorite pastimes.

He is survived by his wife, Renate of Hudson, MA; his daughters Mary Chambers (Shaun) of Hudson, MA; Heidi Sargent (David) of Northford, CT; Donna Phillips (Ken) of Frankfort, ME; Melissa Murphy of Hancock, ME; Andrea Wessell of Rochester, NH and 13 grandchildren; Ava, Megan, Caitlyn, Jessica, Stephanie, Jennifer, Heather, Kelley, Justin, Peter, Joshua, Emily, and Eric.

He is also survived by 14 great grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and their families. His sisters Ardith Paniccia, Bonnie Watkins, Dianne Gillman, Karen Schultz, Robynn Moore, brother Randy Burgess. Also, Joe Tetreault, and his cousin Bill Sokolowki who were both like brothers to him.

He was predeceased by his Mother and Father and Jen Walsh (who was like a mother to him), his daughter Marilyn Williamson, granddaughter Misty Robbins and sister Marcia Chandler-Freeman.

We are grateful to our sister Mary for the extraordinary care she provided that allowed him to stay at home. We would like to express our appreciation to Mike Chambers for his friendship and support during Gitzy’s illness. We would also like to thank Maris (Dad’s Home Health Aid) for her 3 amazing years of love, kindness, and dedication to Dad and our family. Our family wishes to thank hospice for their kindness and exceptional care during his final days.

Visiting hours are Tuesday December 8th, 2020 from 4:00-7:00pm at the Acton Funeral Home, 470 Massachusetts Avenue, (Rte 111) Acton. Masks are required and social distancing will be observed. Due to pandemic restrictions, the graveside service on Wednesday at noon in St. Bridget's Cemetery, Maynard, is private.

Donations in his memory can be made to either the Semper Fi Fund, 825 College Blvd. Suite 102, PMB 609
Oceanside, CA 92057, online at www.semperfifund.org or to the Michael J Fox Foundation: https://www.michaeljfox.org/

Memorial page actonfuneralhome.com
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, December 8th, 2020 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Tuesday, December 8th, 2020 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Acton Funeral Home
    470 Massachusetts Avenue
    ACTON, MA 01720
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    All are welcome to visiting hours. Masks are required and social distancing will be observed.
  • Service

    St. Bridget's Cemetery
    254 Great Road
    MAYNARD, MA 01754
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    Due to pandemic restrictions the graveside service will be private.
  • Interment

    St Bridget's Cemetery
    254 Great Road
    MAYNARD, MA 01754
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  • US Marine Corps
  • Vietnam Campaign Medal


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Olivia Liao

Posted at 01:09pm
Condolences to the family on your loss. It was a privilege to be his eye doctor, and I will miss him.

Peter Bogonovich

Posted at 07:20pm
Peter Bogonovich
I’d first like to say I was sorry to hear of John’s passing. I’d like to share a funny memory of Gitzy, back in the day. Gitzy and I were parked at the wall in Maynard center drinking beer like a couple of 16 year old knuckleheads and Gitzy went out to relieve himself of some of the beer we were drinking he went behind the old Manning’s pharmacy, at that moment Maynards finest came by to put and end to this flagrant violation of the law. Giving birth to what the beacon newspaper dubbed the” booze mobile”. Gitzy came wandering out from behind Manning’s as I was taken to the police station so they could call my mother. Gitzy eventually became a member of Maynards finest. Whenever I would run into Gitzy later in life we would both have a laugh about that night. I just want to say that he was one of the good guys and a friend.

Frank Ignachuck

Posted at 03:00pm
Rest in peace, old friend. Rest in peace.

Deborah Tetreault

Posted at 02:58pm
Our sincere condolences to Rae & family. John was the love of lfe to everyone that knew him. I'm so happy for Joe to have so many memories from young boys to adult men. RIP "Gitzy" 💞

Eliza Tyler

Posted at 02:27pm
My sincere condolences to the Entire family on your loss.

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