GERTRUDE H. (HEIMLICH) UZDAVINIS – in Woburn, July 7th. Beloved wife of the late Joseph W. Uzdavinis. Devoted mother of Mary U. Malandrino and her husband Charles of Andover, Joan M. and Joseph W. Uzdavinis, both of Woburn, and the late William. Dear sister of William Heimlich of W. Dennis and the late Alexander and Oscar Heimlich. Loving grandmother of Amy and Jill Uzdavinis. Funeral from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Tuesday, July 10th at 8:15 a.m. Funeral mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn, at 9. Calling hours Monday 4 to 8 p.m. Interment in Calvary Cemetery, Woburn. Donations may be made in Gertrude’s memory to the Woburn Council of Social Concern, 2 Merrimac Street, Woburn, MA 01801.
Gertrude (Heimlich) Uzdavinis, 82, a lifelong Woburn resident, passed away at her home early Saturday, July 7th, following a lengthy illness. She was the beloved wife of the late Joseph Uzdavinis, who died in 1996.
She was born in Woburn on March 25, 1925, daughter of the late William and Hedwig (Scholz) Heimlich. She graduated with the class of 1942 from St. Charles School in Woburn, and attended Fisher College, where she studied accounting. During World War II she enrolled in the Warren Academy of Nursing, where she became a Registered Nurse in 1948.
Most of her nursing career was spent in the Labor and Delivery unit at Choate Memorial Hospital in Woburn, where she was much loved by both her patients and colleagues.
When not working, she was often found sewing. Many people will remember her for the clothing, quilts, or Christmas Tree shirts she made for them. She was always generous with her time and talents, caring for all her family and friends. Among her great joys were cooking and entertaining, and her Oktoberfest parties with homemade German food were a family favorite.
Her children are especially grateful for the traits of hard work and compassion that she instilled in them. In recent years she lived with her son Joseph, who cared for her.
Along with her husband Joseph, Gertrude was preceded in death by a son, William Uzdavinis, and two brothers, Alexander and Oscar Heimlich.
Surviving are three children: Mary Malandrino and her husband Charles of Andover, and Joan and Joseph Uzdavinis, both of Woburn, and a brother, William Heimlich of West Dennis. Gertrude was also the loving grandmother of Amy and Jill, and is further survived by several nieces and nephews.
The funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Tuesday, July 10th at 8:15 a.m., followed by a funeral mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn, at 9. Interment will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Woburn.
Relatives and friends are invited to call at the funeral home on Monday from 4 to 8 p.m.
Donations may be made in Gertrude’s memory to the Woburn Council of Social Concern, 2 Merrimac Street, Woburn, MA 01801.