Gizela Maria (Trawicka) Gawronski (1931 - 2018)

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South Portland, ME
Mass of Christian Burial
Monday, Aug. 13, 2018
10:00 AM
St. Louis Polish Church
279 Danforth Street
Portland, ME
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Following Services
Riverside Cemetery
Cape Elizabeth, ME
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Gizela Maria (Trawicka) Gawronski, 87

CAPE ELIZABETH - Gizela Maria (Trawicka) Gawronski, 87, of Cape Elizabeth passed away at home on Aug. 8, 2018.
Gizela was born in Torun, Poland on April 20, 1931. Her father, Jan Trawicka, was employed in Gydnia, Poland by the Polish-British Steamship Co., LTD. Her mother, Anna, was a seamstress and a designer. When the Second World War started in the Fall of 1939, Gizela, then a refugee in Warsaw, was wounded and her right hand was amputated.

Her schooling only began after the war ended in 1945. In 1955, she obtained her master's degree in art history from Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland. From 1956-1958 Gizela was employed in Desa antique shop in Gdansk as an appraiser and manager. There she met the American Merchant Marine Captain, William Gregory Gawronski, the youngest member of Adm. Richard Byrd's 1928 Antarctic expedition. They married in 1959 and moved to Northport, N.Y. in April of 1960. Together they built a house and a greenhouse, where then ran Buttonwood Antiques. Gizela also studied oriental art with Warren Cox.

In 1973, the Gawronskis sold their business and moved to Cape Elizabeth, where Gizela also sold antiques. Beginning in 1976, she studied the art of painting under the tutelage of Maine Artist Professor Lajos Matolscy. Gizela belonged to the Western Maine Art Group in Norway, Maine and was a member of St. Louis Church in Portland.

Gizela was predeceased by her husband; and by her brother, Romauld, from Torun. She is survived by her brother, Bogdan, and his family in Chicago, Ill.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 13, 2018, at St. Louis Polish Church, 279 Danforth St., Portland, followed by burial at Riverside Cemetery in Cape Elizabeth.
Arrangements entrusted to Hobbs Funeral Home, South Portland. Online condolences may be expressed at

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Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Aug. 9, 2018
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