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Charlie at Pasty Central (Chopper) on Sunday, April 13, 2008 - 08:44 am:

She was a girl from Calumet, a friend to many, loved by her family. Christine Gasvoda, the first woman from the U.P. to give her life in World War II, the subject of today's Pasty Cameo.

It happened on this day in 1945. Our thanks to author Larry Chabot for helping us to remember.

Have a good week :o)

By Helen Marie Chamberlain (Helen) on Sunday, April 13, 2008 - 09:40 am:

Thank you, Charlie and Larry, for this well done piece of history that I'm sure few knew anything about. It gave me "pause".

By RD, Iowa (Rdiowa) on Sunday, April 13, 2008 - 10:13 am:

Was this the same Gasvoda's who had the grocery store on Oak Street?

By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Sunday, April 13, 2008 - 10:16 am:

That was a very interesting cameo, Charlie. Thank you. I enjoyed it very much.

By Anita Marsy-Bosley (Anitamb) on Sunday, April 13, 2008 - 11:31 am:

63 years ago.......today we remember a brave woman. May she rest in peace. I love these cameos, they remind us of things that need to be remembered.

By David J. Whitten (Djwhitten) on Sunday, April 13, 2008 - 11:42 am:

Amazing Charlie. Thanks so much for sharing this story.
These cameos have all been fantastic.
DJ Whitten

By Daveofmohawk (Daveofmohawk) on Sunday, April 13, 2008 - 11:54 am:

What a touching story about Christine Gasvoda. I grew up a block off of oak street. I wonder if Christine Gasvoda was any relation to Chuck Gasvoda of Chassell; he used to live on oak st. in Calumet? Also Al and Mary Gasvoda [brother and sister] owned and operated Lud's store on oak st. across from the train station which was directly behind St. Joseph's Church.

By Heikki (Heikki) on Sunday, April 13, 2008 - 12:46 pm:

Great cameo, Charlie. Christine was one of many who got caught up in the 'mother of all wars', served her country in ways few can imagine, and gave her all. God rest her soul. Being a WWII buff, the U.P.'s contributions in treasure and blood during that dark time in history has always been of interest. Larry's book appears to be what I've been looking for. I'll have to buy it!

By Grace M Wetton (Gmw) on Sunday, April 13, 2008 - 02:09 pm:

Different spelling for Chuck Gazvoda of Chassell.

By Mike, stuck in Florida (Wkmikem) on Sunday, April 13, 2008 - 03:06 pm:

Great cameo!! This is a very interesting series.

I am constantly amazed at the commitment of the entire country
during WWII. This story is another example of bravery of the
soldiers who saved our country!!

By Connie, Eagle River Alaska (Connie8792) on Sunday, April 13, 2008 - 03:16 pm:

Very interesting cameo, thank you.
May Christine rest in peace along with all others who have been killed in combat wherever it may have been.

By Larry Chabot, (Lchabot) on Sunday, April 13, 2008 - 05:13 pm:

While researching the Christine Gasvoda story a couple of years
ago, I heard from Alicia Koski-Marshall via Pasty Cam that
Christine was the daughter of Louis and Gertrude Gasvoda of
Oak Street in Calumet. She said the Gasvodas had emigrated
from Slovenia, a tiny country south of Austria.
Thanks to everyone who enjoyed Christine's cameo and for
Charlie Hopper and friends for setting it up so beautifully.

By Cheryl Rozman (Cotton) on Sunday, April 13, 2008 - 05:29 pm:

I too, enjoy the cameos shown each day. They are very informative & interesting. Thank you Charlie & all who contribute to us seeing them.
Many sacrificed their lives during war & continue to even now. May all of their souls rest in peace. God bless all of them.

By kosk in Toronto (Koskintoronto) on Sunday, April 13, 2008 - 09:12 pm:

I'm back from visiting the relatives in the Lower Peninsula. Very
impressive story, Larry. I just read the entries to my dad who
wasn't in Michigan while we were visiting. The old eagle was off
giving a talk in Indiana instead. Those Slovenians sure left their
mark on the UP, eh? It doesn't get much better than Father Baraga,
Big Annie and Christine Gavoda. Thanks for bringing our attention
to another hero(oine) in UP history.

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