Sandra J. Gorczyca, 69, Houseville

HOUSEVILLE, NY  – Sandra J. Gorczyca, 69, died Thursday morning, Oct. 3, 2019, at her home with her caring family at her side.

Born June 30, 1950, in Lowville, the daughter of Francis Henry “Hank” and Florence W. (Kohler) Cavanaugh, she graduated from Lowville Academy and Central School.

She married Richard J. “Gork” Gorczyca on Oct. 28, 1967, at St. Hedwig’s Catholic Church with Rev. Francis L. Pikor, O.F.M., officiating.

Sandy worked alongside her father at the family farm in Houseville, and the Gorczyca family farm on Whiskey Lane Road in Turin where she had a little gentleman’s farm.

She is survived by her husband, Richard “Gork”; their children, Richard J. Jr.; and Heather K. Gorczyca; her granddaughter, Miranda J. Rys (Zach Perini); her mother Florence W.; her four sisters, Carol Schwartz; Brenda (Norbert) McCanney; Judy (Robert) Meekins; and Frances (Neil) Smithling; nieces and nephews. Sandy was an awesome aunt.

Sandra was predeceased by her father, Francis “Hank” Cavanaugh, and her brother-in-law, Jerry Schwartz.

Sandy enjoyed hunting when she was younger but loved trout fishing and gardening. She was caring person especially of all animals.

Per her wishes, she is to be cremated and buried in Brantingham Cemetery. Services will be private.

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