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Obituary for Albert A. "Gunny" Hujdich

Albert A. "Gunny"  Hujdich
Dateline Bordentown

Albert Hujdich, 85, was universally loved. Wearing a broad smile, the “Gunny” was the life of the party, a terrific storyteller of tales from his days in the Corps and as a state trooper, and a practical jokester.

Yet, Al always demonstrated that his life was deeply rooted in the Three F’s -- Faith, Family, and Friends. A devoted Catholic, he was an active parishioner at St. Mary’s Church in Bordentown for 49 years. You would find him at mass every Sunday with his family, silently praying his rosary, and attending weekly adoration with his wife.
He didn’t wear his faith on his sleeve, but rather lived it, evidenced in his generosity to and caring for others. Al always lent a helping hand. Even though he never had “work” clothes, he worked to aid others in his spit-shined shoes, and meticulously creased trousers and shirts. To his last days, he walked ramrod straight. “Gunny” never said no to any request for help, and did it without complaint or wanting credit.

Born in Braddock, PA, he joined the Marine Corps at 17, embarking on a journey of adventure and bravery that shaped the rest of his life. His favorite military time was serving as an American Embassy guard in London and Rome. His heroism and valor were on display as he served during some of the most vicious battles in the Korean War at the Chosin Reservoir and Inchon. He was one of the “Chosin Few.” He received two Purple Hearts for being wounded in battle, and told us how the Miraculous Medal worn around his neck saved him from fatal injury.

The “Gunny’s” military career and accomplishments were lengthy. He belonged to Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division. After active duty, he enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserve for 11 years, and then served in the NJ Army National Guard for a total combined military service of 32 years. Al was past State Commander of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, and the Chosin Few. He has held life memberships in most veteran organizations, most notably, the Marine Corps League in Trenton. Military awards include the Purple Heart; Meritorious Service Medal; Army Achievement Medal; Combat Action Ribbon; Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, and other theatre ribbons, both foreign and domestic.


When he returned to the states, he had the good fortune of befriending a guy from Trenton, who took him on leave to NJ, where he met the love of his life, Catherine Tesauro. They lived in Trenton for several years, before moving to Bordentown, where he resided for 49 years. Al was Hungarian and Slovak, but once he married Catherine, he became an “adopted Italian.” He loved the food she prepared, the holiday traditions and get-togethers, the extended family of nieces, nephews, and cousins, and called himself an “outlaw” rather than an in-law. He would sing Italian songs, and tease the relatives, but loved everything about being Italian, except the long goodbyes.

In 1961, he joined the NJ State Police serving 24 years before honorably retiring. After retirement, he served at the Dept. of Treasury in Security and spent five years at the NJ Assembly as Sgt. at Arms.

Al was predeceased by his parents, John and Mary Tobias Hujdich; sisters Dorothy and Dolly; and brother Bernard (Mary Ann) Hujdich, brother-in-laws Samuel Tesauro and Joseph “Lefty” Tesauro and sister-in-law Evelyn Tesauro. Al is survived by his amazingly devoted, loving, extraordinary wife of over 60 years, Catherine, his three dedicated and caring children who he treasured, Cindy Braddock and husband Richard, Diane Ross and Michael Reading, all of Bordentown, NJ; and son, Brian Hujdich, of Washington, DC, his grandchildren, Pamela and Anthony Fasanella, and Gregory Braddock, his two great-grandchildren, Allie Marie, and his “tough guy” Anthony James (AJ) Fasanella. He also is survived by Frank Tesauro, John and Audrey Tesauro, and Dorothy Tesauro. Also grieving his loss are numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Al loved to travel, was an avid history buff, and every trip to the Carolinas was sure to include a stop at Paris Island, where he began his journey as a Marine. His favorite destination was Hawaii, where he loved the island music and breeze, and the breathtaking scenery. Once his grandchildren were born, the whole family traveled together once or twice a year around the country. He loved visiting historical sites and museums, such as Pearl Harbor, and the Korean War Memorial in Washington, DC, where he joined the Memorial’s dedication ceremony. He was fortunate to recently vacation in Hilton Head with his great- granddaughter Allie. His children and grandchildren gained their love of history and travel from him, creating their cherished memories.

As a true Marine, he faced many battles in life and was a fighter to the end. We were inspired by his valor and courage, and will never forget our hero. His legacy and memory will carry on through our stories for generations to come. Semper Fi, Dad. “God Bless You, Hujdich.”

In lieu of flowers, you can make a donation to Wounded Warriors Project (www.woundedwarriorproject.org) and/or national non-profit HealthHIV (www.healthhiv.org) of which his son is Executive Director.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated 11:30 am Friday August 21th 2015 at St Mary’s Roman Catholic Church 45 Crosswicks St. Bordentown NJ 08505. Calling hours will be held Thursday 6~9 pm & Friday 10:00~1100 am at the funeral home. Interment will be held at Brig. Gen. William C. Doyle Veterans Cemetery Wrightstown.

Arrangements are under the direct care and supervision of Robert L. Pecht, Bordentown Home for Funerals 40 Crosswicks St. Bordentown, NJ 08505. Please go to Albert A. Hujdich’s Book of memories page at www.Bordentownhomeforfunerals.com to upload a picture, light a candle, order flowers and a gift from our Sympathy Store or offer condolences to the family.

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