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Obituary for Constantine Gus Boodrookas

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Constantine Gus Boodrookas

February 5, 1922 - August 28, 2012

Constantine (Gus) Boodrookas, 90, passed away August 28, 2012. He was born February 5, 1922 to Peter and Froso Boodrookas who came from Greece to begin the American dream. They opened a cafe on Ogden’s Historical 25th Street, but their dream was cut short by the death of Gus’s father Peter when Gus was only nine years old. At that point, Gus and his two sisters, Magdalene (Carl) Glad and Helen (Al) Ydo, both whom have preceded Gus in death, went to work to help their Mother keep the small family a float. Times were hard, but Gus always spoke of his Mother Froso’s courage and strength. Out of these experiences came Gus’s ability to be frugal and make a dollar stretch. He taught his family the value of hard work and saving. Gus graduated from Ogden High School in 1940. He attended Weber State College for two years, then he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1943. He traveled to air bases in Colorado, Michigan, Florida and Kansas, then left the states in the B-29 group. A World War II veteran, Gus loved his country and served it with dignity and honor. Gus married Gwendolyn Hansen in 1965. They were later divorced, but they remained life-long friends. Gwen brought four children from a previous marriage to the union: Justine Wilson, Michael (Lynn) Johnston, Kathleen (Rod) Smith, and Kenneth (Karri) Johnston, and Gus and Gwen had one daughter together Nicki (Mike) Spohn. Gus’s great joys and frustrations were his children and grandchildren, yet he loved and cared for them all. Gus also had three nieces whom he loved like daughters, Diana (Haven) Simmons, Linda Shiffman, and Tina (David) Spencer. His grandchildren and great grandchildren brought him great joy. Watching his first grandson Darin (Virginia) Stoddard and granddaughter Sloane (Scott) Stoddard grow up with his daughter Nicki. There was dress up, tag, and fishing trips. Ronnette (Don) Howell pleased Gus with her scholastic achievements, and Jason Johnston came along later to deliver those big hugs of his. There were baseball and soccer games watching Jeremy Smith, Robert (Wendy) Smith, and Steven (Shelli) Smith play game after game to Gus’s delight. And every Halloween Gus would roam Kenny’s neighborhood with Summer (Micah) Young, Brock (Faye) Johnston, and Spencer (Chelsi) Johnston trick or treat. Family parties at Justine’s house with Ryan (Connie) Wilson and Morgan (Joshua) Price bringing Gus wonderful food and joy. Later with Lilly and Asher Price, Morgan brought Gus coffee and burgers in the evening when Gus’s driving days were over. And of course, Gus helped Nicki to raise her children Adam Boodrookas and Amanda Alviso. He would come and stay and cook and clean for them during Nicki’s time at Utah State University. And later with Kaitlin Stewart and Steven Alviso Jr, Amanda would visit her Papou taking him to dinner and visiting for hours. There are 31 great grandchildren and 3 great, great grandchildren in total. As the leader of this family, Gus taught us to be strong and never give up, to keeping working and doing, yet to be tenderhearted and kind to others. Gus has been a faithful member of the Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church of Ogden.His faith in Christ got him through his last days with Prostrate Cancer. Gus had many friends he loved to visit, and many fond memories with each of them. Gus was taken care of in his last months by Advocate Hospice. The loving hands of LaDawn Cox, Kenna McCormick, and Mike Rigby gave Gus extraordinary care. He looked forward to Kenna bringing him his coffee every morning and LaDawn’s visits every week. LaDawn planted his tomatoes and watered them often. The family wants to thank them so very much for their amazing support and love through this difficult time. Family and friends are invited to the viewing to be held at Leavitt’s Mortuary, 836 36th Street, Ogden, between 6 and 8 pm, Friday, August 31, 2012. A Trisagion Prayer Service will be held that evening at 7:00 p.m. Funeral Services will be held at the Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church of Ogden, 674 42nd Street, at 10 am on Saturday, September 1, 2012.Please send us your condolences and a memory at www.leavittsmortuary.com

 

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Date: Friday, August 31, 2012

Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Leavitts Mortuary

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836 36th Street, , Ogden, UT, 84403

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Date: Saturday, September 1, 2012

Time: 10:00 am -

Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church of Ogden

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674 42nd Street, , Ogden, UT,

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Born: February 5, 1922
Died: August 28, 2012

Condolences for Constantine Gus Boodrookas

Madeline Pappas Coleman posted on 9/1/12

Dear Family, A dear and funny funny man will be missed by all of us. His knowledge and life will always be remembered. He loved seeing us all at the Ogden Greek Festival with many stories about our family and his. His sisterwas a dear and personal friend of my mother's while they were growing up. May all of you be able to always remember what he stood for as a great family man, remembering all his hardships growing up, and how he always put FAMILY first. Madeline Pappas Coleman

 

Patty Trujillo posted on 8/30/12

Spencer,I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. May God comfort you during this sorrowful time. May his sould rest in Peace.Love,Patty

 

Chantell Skiby posted on 8/30/12

Spencer and Family,You are in my thoughts and prayers during this tough time. Take care.

 

Nicki Spohn posted on 8/30/12

My sweet Daddy passed away yesterday. I was able to be there with him and what a privilege it was. Jesus, Dad and me. I had been praying and reading scriptures over him. At about 730am, I was reading my scripture for the day from my bible app. It was Psalm 116.1. But I kept reading the Psalm all the way through. When I came to verse 15, it said, "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints" NKJV. I read it to Daddy and told him that I thought it was time for him to go to Jesus and rest and have peace. That he had taken care of me so very well, but Jesus would continue to take care of me. I kissed his forehead and fell asleep next to him on the bed. The hospice nurse Kenna McCormick woke me at about 8:30 am and told me that Dad had passed away while I was asleep. It was such a gift from Jesus to be there and the beautiful scripture and the peace with which Dad left this world. I am so very blessed. Thank you Jesus!Daddy, please kiss and hug Mom and Adam for me, and anyone else whom I would if I could. Catch a fish for me, and I will be seeing you again I know. I promise to send messages through Jesus all the time. I love you Daddy, Love your little golden one.

 

Nicki Spohn posted on 8/30/12

My sweet Daddy passed away on Tuesday, August 28.. I was able to be there with him and what a privilege it was. Jesus, Dad and me. I had been praying and reading scriptures over him. At about 730am, I was reading my scripture for the day from my bible app. It was Psalm 116.1. But I kept reading the Psalm all the way through. When I came to verse 15, it said, "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints" NKJV. I read it to Daddy and told him that I thought it was time for him to go to Jesus and rest and have peace. That he had taken care of me so very well, but Jesus would continue to take care of me. I kissed his forehead and fell asleep next to him on the bed. The hospice nurse Kenna McCormick woke me at about 8:30 am and told me Dad had passed while I was asleep. It was such a gift from Jesus to be there and the beautiful scripture and the peace with which Dad left this world. I am so very blessed. Thank you Jesus! Daddy, You were such I joy to me and so very precious. PIease hug Mom and Adam for me and whoever else is with you now. I love you so much!! I pray Jesus will help me to make you proud. Love Nicki

 

Nicki Spohn posted on 8/30/12

I miss you already Daddy!!

 

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