Norfolk — Edward X. Dziowgo, 99, of Norfolk died peacefully in his sleep on Sunday, May 10, 2020.
A mass of Christian burial was held Friday, May 15, 2020 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Norfolk. Rev. Patrick McLaughlin officiated.
Burial was in the O'Neill Cemetery in O'Neill with military honors conducted by the Nebraska Army National Guard Honor Guard, American Legion Post 93 and the American Legion Riders.
Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association or Leukemia/Lymphoma Society.
Home for Funerals in Norfolk was in charge of the arrangements.
Edward was born July 6, 1920, to Edward X. and Anna (Frewen) Dziowgo in Manhattan, NY.
Ed lived his youth in the Bronx, NY, joining the U.S. Army Air Corp after Pearl Harbor, which led him to Sioux Falls, SD, where he met the love of his life Betty Jean Tripp.
They were married Sept.r 27, 1945 at Madison, WI.
Following his honorary discharge, he worked at the Veteran's Hospital in Sioux Falls as a guard and electrician and full-time city fireman. Then he joined the FAA as an electronic technician/instructor at the Aeronautical Center in Oklahoma City, OK. He progressed up the ladder to become Chief of Field Office in the FAA in O'Neill. He held that position until his retirement in 1979.
Ed and Betty enjoyed many winters in Texas and Arizona. In 2015 he returned to Nebraska and made his home at the Meadows in Norfolk, where he made many dear friends.
Life and family were the center of Ed's life. He enjoyed visiting with anyone he met, playing his harmonica, sharing his electronic knowledge with young learners and growing hybrid roses to share with others.
He was an active member of Knights of Columbus, American Legion, Cursillo and Franciscan Friends of Poor. He was one of the first EMHCs in the Omaha Diocese.
Ed's faith gave him a base and a moral code on which his whole life was dependent.
This ideal was passed on to his children, who were blessed to have him in their lives for 99 years.
He shared the following excerpt in a Reflections Notebook on May 1, 1996: "I blessed them and thanked God for each and every one of them. Each child was a gift from God. This is what I have enjoyed and continue to enjoy about being a grandparent--the grandkids. At the risk of sounding like a broken record, I just love them so much. They always treat us so nice and show such respect. Yes, even when they groan at my jokes, it is a form of respect, because that's what I expect."
Ed was survived by four children Charles (Cheryl) Dziowgo of Inman, Gerard (Diane Wollschlager) and Mary (Larry) Leise, all of Norfolk, and Julie Wollschlager of Phoenix, AZ; 16 grandchildren Paula, Kevin, Kim, Cameron, Cindy, Cory, Candice, Danae, Justin, Larry, Megan, Allysia, Rachel, Micaela, Ben and Cody; 32 great-grandchildren with one on the way; and special friend Anne O'Brien of Tom's River, NJ.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 51 years Betty; two daughters Cecilia Kamphaus and a daughter in infancy; two grandsons Michael and Brandon; and one great-grandson Aidan.
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