George Joseph Narozonick November 16, 1925 - October 1, 2015 George was born in Manalapan, NJ to Stanley Peter and Alexandria Rose Dzielak Narozonick. He was the youngest of 10 children, who all preceded him in death (Antionette, Madeline, Mary, Amelia, Jenny, Leonard, Francis, Joan and Dick).
After graduation, he enlisted in the Navy, serving our country honorably during WWII. He was entitled to wear American Area Campaign Medal, European-African Middle Eastern Area Campaign Medal, participated in operations of assault force and build up LST's in invasion for European Continent, entitled to wear insignia for Amphibious Force, participated in operations of assault force and build up LST's in invasion of Southern France (LST 501 and LST 1087). Many years later, during the 65th anniversary of the Normandy landing, he was awarded the French Legion of Honor for his participation of this D-Day event.
After returning to New Jersey after the war, he met Vila Hannaford, a professional figure skater. They were married at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Olympia, October 10, 1947, where they have been lifelong active members. Several months after marrying, they decided to move back to New Jersey, and he worked for the U.S. Postal Service. Daughters, Linda and Barbara, were born there. Feeling a sense of entrepreneurship, they moved out west to Olympia, Washington in 1951. After working at a grocery store, liquor store, lumber mills in Shelton and Olympia and a floor covering store, they opened Capitol Floors and Interiors in 1959.
After several years of success, they sold that business and embarked on commercial property development, primarily Narozonick Square, where they opened/operated Pot Pourri Deli. George never knew a stranger and found great satisfaction in community activities and service.
He was a past president of Rotary, member of Olympia Yacht Club, Elks, VFW, American Legion, Polish Home Society, Navy League of the United States, LST Organization, and Veterans Memorial Museum. He loved playing golf, raquet ball, riding his bicycle, and walking, and way back in the day was convinced, somewhat reluctantly by his daughters, to join Mountaineers. His business legacy was being known for his honesty and fairness. We learned from him to "always leave something for the next guy" and always, always pay employees/vendors on time. His personal legacy was being a man of unwavering faith, integrity, giving wise counsel, his absolute love of family, quietly showing acts of kindness, his strong patriotism to his country, and his simple delight in welcoming each amazing day.
He is survived by his wife, Vila; daughters, Linda Marie Thompson (David) and Barbara Ann Narozonick (Dan Neuhauser; grandchildren, Scott Alan Neuhauser, Lisa Ann Nielson Henry, Anthony George Nielson, Tyson Christopher Nielson, Seth Joseph Thompson and Jin Joy Thompson; many precious great and great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Services will be held Saturday, October 17, 2015 at St. Michael's Parish, 1208 - 11th Avenue SE. Olympia: Rosary 11:20 a.m., Funeral Mass 12:00 noon, followed by a reception at St. Michael's Gathering Room. Following the reception, there will be a military flag ceremony at Mills and Mills Memorial Park.
Donations may be made to St. Vincent De Paul, c/o St. Michael's Parish or Veteran's Museum, 100 SW Veterans Way, Chehalis, WA 98532 (www.veteransmuseum.org
We wish to express our heartfelt appreciation and thanks to Avrom and Dorina Muscan of Tumwater Meadows Adult Family Home for their tender and loving care of George. Memories may be left at www.millsandmillsfuneralhome.com