Virginia Lee (Theisen) Guzik
“Virginia “Ginny” Guzik, 70, of Plymouth, Minnesota, died November 9, 2017, at the J.A. Wedum Residential Hospice.
Ginny was born to Lee and Mary Theisen on March 13, 1947 in Bozeman, Montana. Although joined in the coming years by 12 potential usurpers, Ginny maintained her status as her siblings’ fearless leader: the first to leave Montana, to travel abroad, to go to college, to grow gladiolas; a co-conspirator in the first Theisen family car fire; and now the first – with grace and grit – to make the journey home.
Post high school, Ginny moved to her mom’s home state of Minnesota to attend the St. Cloud School of Nursing. She credited her work those summers at her Uncle Dave’s bakery for catalyzing her sense of fun and daring.
Ginny married her beloved husband and purse-wrangler, John Guzik, on May 9, 1981. A rousing wedding reception with an open bar and a polka band launched her next adventure.
Joined by their greatest loves, their children Gina and Steven, John and Ginny embraced the joy of family life by traveling abroad, hosting dozens of cousins, and filling their home with music, friends, and lively conversations. Gina and Steven inherited their mother’s wit and playful nature and a few extra special dance moves.
Ginny served as a home health, hospital, or public health nurse for almost 40 years and spent her last 10+ years providing hospice care. She had a finely-tuned sense of justice and volunteered at nonprofits such as Hope for Haiti and PRISM that provided basic services to vulnerable populations. In a bit of lovely poetry, one of Ginny’s nurse trainees helped repay Ginny’s kindness by assisting her transition at the end.
A life-long learner and flower enthusiast, Ginny began mastering the art of Ikebana in her last 2 decades. Ikebana – the Japanese art of arranging flowers in their most simple and exquisite form – is a good metaphor for Ginny’s life: a structure of grace and beauty lovingly rendered for her many and diverse patients, family members, and friends.
Ginny is survived by her husband, John Guzik; her children, Gina (Justin) Cass and Steven (Whitney) Guzik; her siblings, Jim Theisen, Kathy (Don) Keil, Mary Fisher, Pat (John) Healow, Pete Theisen, Joseph Theisen, John Theisen, Maureen Theisen, Margaret (Cathy Casalegno) Theisen, Paul Theisen, Liz (Bryan) Mackie, and Anita (Bill) Kearney; her nieces and nephews, Jennifer (Jay) Axelrod, Melinda (Kevin) Behrens, Jeanette (Nick) Jett, Peter (Emily Kimmel) Keil, Alex (Katie O’Brien) Keil, Christine (Colm) Moore, Heather (Adam Hallberg) Fisher, Julia (Ryan) Johnerson, Angela Healow, Lisa (Rader Crockett) Healow, Spencer Miller, Julian (Krista) Nolen, Sara (Ryan) D’Agostino, Hanna (Todd Henrich) Mackie, Natasha (Patrick) Krush, and Jacob Kearney; and 15 great nieces and nephews.
Ginny was preceded in death by her parents Lee and Mary Theisen and her niece Nicole Kearney.
We will miss you, Oh Captain, Our Captain! In your honor we vow to dance more joyously, give more generously, say I love you more often, and not sweat the small stuff.
Visitation will be at 10:00 a.m. followed by a funeral mass at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, November 14th at the Parish of St. Joseph, 8701 36th Avenue North, New Hope, MN. A luncheon at the church will follow.
Internment will take place at 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 15 in the mausoleum area of the Gethsemane Cemetery, 8151 42nd Avenue North, New Hope, MN.
Condolences may be sent to Twin Cities Cremation (www.cremationtc.com), or if preferred, donations made to Help the Helpless (www.helpthehelpless.com).