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ANDZEL, Edward Alexander

ANDZEL, Edward Alexander

ANDZEL - Edward Alexander Edward Alexander Andzel was born in Gowanda, NY, on September 25, 1949 to Edward J. and Mary A. (Slawinski) Andzel. Ed was known to many as Buddie; a name given to him by his sister Karen as a child. He lived most of his life on the family farm on Lenox Road, Collins, NY. Ed also worked for Capella Farms in Collins, NY and Florida and as a truck driver for Gernatt Asphalt Products, Inc. in Collins, NY. In June of 2013, Ed and I, Ann, his wife, moved to New Castle, CO to be closer to children and our only grandchild, Oliver. In November of 2015, Ed was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer. On July 25, 2016, Ed passed away from this life due to complications and the side effects of treatment. He was 66 years old. Ed Andzel was an amazing son, brother, husband, friend, father figure and grandfather. He was a skilled hunter, farmer, heavy equipment operator, motorcyclist and truck driver. He also loved creating ponds and many of his creations, in the southern tier of WNY, attest to his talent and artistry. He was loyal beyond measure, kind, hard working, honest, even tempered and soft spoken. To many he appeared quiet and unassuming, but he could talk for hours about hunting, nature, his childhood and life on the farm. He loved his family and numerous friends in Collins, NY. He was an excellent card player and poker was his game of choice. Ed and I enjoyed hiking, riding motorcycles and a peaceful, loving home on the farm in Collins as well as our retirement home in New Castle. I loved to cook and we both loved eating at home and out in restaurants. He had a sophisticated palate, well developed from growing up on the farm with only the best food, and a mother and grandmother who cooked and baked wonderful Polish dishes and pastries from scratch. In December 2015, he began a heroic battle to find a cure for Pancreatic Cancer. He loved life and didn't want his to end. Although much of his journey, our journey, was positive and his treatment was promising, complications and side affects weakened his condition and he couldn't continue. He was always hopeful, never complained and never gave up. Ed was the epitome of strength and was determined to beat the odds. He had the love and support of family and friends, especially me. I was his cheerleader, nurse, driver and strength on the journey. It was an honor to minister to his needs and I was happy to be there for him on all fronts. I will never be the same without him. Ed is survived by me, Ann, his loving and fun loving wife; his mother Mary Andzel of Apopka, FL; his sister Karen (Gilbert) McKeon of Longwood, FL; their daughter Stephanie McKeon of Altamonte Springs, FL, his brother Michael of Fort Lauderdale, FL and many cousins and relatives in WNY. He is also survived by my children whom I shared with him. They are Jennifer Mogavero, Boulder City, NV, Molly Mogavero (Jeff Ellis), New Castle, CO, Mary Ann Mogavero, Patagonia, Chile, SA, Tobiah Mogavero (Stacy), Roseburg, OR, and their three year old son Oliver Elliott Mogavero, who was the apple of Ed's eye. They all added fun and unexpected adventure to his life. Donations may be made to the Calaway Young Cancer Center, Valley View Hospital, 1906 Blake Ave., Glenwood Springs, CO 81601.We normally don't get to choose how we die, we only get to choose how we live. Edward Buddie Andzel taught all who knew him, and knew of his battle with Pancreatic Cancer, how to persevere with hope, poise, class, and grace....and most importantly, to never, ever give up. I'll love you always Ed, and miss you even more. I won the Husband Lottery, and because God is good, and because I believe in His goodness, one day we will all be together again. .... Love Ann

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