August 19, 1941 - January 29, 2022
On Saturday January 29th, Robert Joseph (Bob) Gawlikowski of Humble, Texas passed away at his home. After several months of declining health, his fight ended peacefully, surrounded by his loving family.
He was born in 1941 to Adam and Mary Gawlikowski and grew up in Northwest Indiana. He graduated from Bishop Knoll High School in Hammond Indiana, attended college, and after moving to Texas, he worked as a sales manager at J.S. Paluch publishing company for 30 years selling bulletins, hymnals, and missalettes to catholic churches across Texas. He was a member of St. Martha Catholic Church in Porter TX. In his retirement he had a passion for volunteering which included helping at Martha’s Kitchen, a downtown Houston facility that feeds the homeless and with Second Family ministry assisting seniors get to their appointments. Also, he was an active member of the Knights of Columbus.
Bob enjoyed spending time with his family and grandchildren, going to Houston Texan and Astros games with his wife, Cheryl, and playing cards. He had a regular pinochle group and was always up for a game of cribbage. He was friendly with everyone and his sense of humor was ever-present, turning most any situation into a “grandpa” joke or Seinfeld reference. Bob was a big sports fan. He coached his boys teams when they were young and enjoyed playing golf. He was a passionate fan of Indiana basketball, and March Madness, and relished a family tradition spending Father’s Day with his sons watching the US Open golf tournament. Bob never met a stranger and had a consistently positive attitude that endured throughout his health challenges.
Bob was married to Cheryl Gawlikowski. He is survived by his two sons, Robert Dylan Gawlikowski (wife Karla), grandsons Kell, Dylan and Everett, and Michael Gawlikowski (wife Amber) and grandsons Carson and Chase. His son by marriage is Brett Lyden, (wife Kristin) and granddaughters Bonny, and Klare. He is also survived by his brother Adam Gawlikowski (wife Harriet) and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers David, Bill, and Peter John, as well as sister-in-law, Joni Gawlikowski. Bob was loved by many and will be missed.
Any memorial donations can be made to MD Anderson Cancer research or Martha’s Kitchen.
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A funeral service will be held on Thursday, February 10th at 11am, in the Family Chapel in St. Martha Catholic Church. 4301 Woodbridge Parkway, Porter, Texas 77365. All are invited to attend.
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