Obituary: George Maximillion Sarwinski Jan. 26, 2017


George Maximillion Sarwinski (spelled with “SKI” because no Polack can spell toboggan) passed away on January 26th, 2017 in Los Alamos, New Mexico at the young age of 90.

George was preceded in death by his parents, John and Veronica Sarwinski; siblings Ann Murphy, Sophie Sarwinski, Al Sarwinski, Veronica Williamson, Thaddeus Sarwinski, Ruth Ritmeyer, Irene Krakovsky, Frances Hughes, Stanley Sarwinski, Pauline Sarwinski and his grandson, Bobby Chi. George is survived by his wife Linnea of 64 years, children, Greg (Georgia), Anna (Tom), Lisa (Rex), Anita (Dave), and George; grandchildren, Monica, Thaddeus, Kameron, Skyler, Ashley, Xander, Karyss; and great grandchildren Norah and Jocelyn; his sister Regina; and many nieces and nephews.

George grew up on a farm in Pittsburgh (Linnea claims it was really a garden) and attended Catholic School in Pittsburgh, before being drafted to serve in the Army during World War II. He shipped out for the Philippines on August 7, 1945 and stayed there until his discharge in September 1946. After the military, he worked various jobs including at  the Heinz Factory and a steel mill before enlisting in the Army again in 1949.  He served in the Korean War and was discharged in 1952.

He married Linnea on August 9, 1952 (and those that know her deem her a Saint to put up with George and their children). They lived in Grand Island, Nebraska before moving to Los Alamos, New Mexico, in early 1957 where George worked for the Pro-Force and mostly told jokes to his colleagues. Many people remember George for: driving a school bus for 17 years for Barranca Mesa and Cumbres Jr. High kids as well as multiple activity buses; eating breakfast at the Prebyl’s after his graveyard shift; hunting golf balls in the afternoon; and telling more jokes than George Carlin.  He was known to do a Tarzan yell during the Topper basketball games when an opponent was shooting free throws. He would also do the Tarzan yell while hanging from the gym rope to announce to his grandson he was there to pick him up from YMCA elementary daycare… And do the yell to let Monica know where he was sitting for her graduation in a stadium of 30,850 seats (She knew within seconds what section, aisle, row, and seat number).

Major accomplishments for him include, but not limited to: winning the state Bus Rodeo in Silver City; being able to play in the Grandfather Golf Tournament; catching 7 quarters off his elbow; providing candy to his family and friends from church and Bingo; picking up his grandchildren from the base of Yucca hill; taking kids and grandchildren to golf practice and tournaments; playing Santa at numerous events; discovering through rigorous empirical research that a Famous Celebrity’s bottom will not fit in a standard Toyota Avalon; publishing said research in a well known gossip magazine; putting eye drops in Grandma’s eyes at 10 p.m. every night; winning the State bowling Championship in 1972; being a member of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church and member of the Knights of Columbus; and putting smiles on peoples’ faces with his jokes, amusement, and stories (he told these outside of work, too).

George had two main passions: jokes and golf, and jokes and stories. George loved golf and was known to never lose a golf ball, even one he wasn’t playing but had heard was lost. Never forgot a golf joke and rarely didn’t tell it. He shared his passion for golf with all of his children and friends by sharing insight. For example, every putt breaks six inches down. 

George was the kind of man who would kind heartedly pick up sewing needles for Grandma at a whim and promptly shave his head if he was asked out on a date by anyone who was not grandma. He was the kind of man who would let his nurses know that he was married to the most beautiful women in the world, didn’t like their shoes, and that his grandson was single. Always found time to listen to his tapes. Was out numbered 40 to one in battle, and almost charged with desertion when he fired 40 rounds and proclaimed he got his 40 and was going home. Invented the Polish 3 Card Monty. Knew American Sign Language…at least made you think so to help a lady realize she was on the wrong bus. Always answered the phone with the color “Yellow”. Shared the strength of Grandma’s bean chile with you, whether you wanted to know or not. Shove as much candy or white chocolate pretzels in your face if he liked you. Never missed a tee time. The kind of man that could barely walk at an old age but could do the Polka with the best of them, including the weird Polka “yip” noise. Never once hurt the Polish National bird because he was too slow. Most of all, George was the most caring husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, uncle, friend, and human being we have known.

George is a friend to all and will be missed by many. Remember, when you know what it is going to do, just knock it right in. All services will be held at the Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM) Catholic Church in Los Alamos, NM. A Rosary will be recited on Thursday evening, February 9, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, February 10, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. with a reception to follow. Burial will be at 3:00 p.m. at Santa Fe National Cemetery following the reception. The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations be made to your favorite charity. The family of George M. Sarwinski has entrusted the care of their loved one to the DeVargas Funeral Home and & Crematory of the Espanola Valley, 505.747.7477,

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