Obituary Notices and Memorials


GAUDI, Bernard Babe
GAUDI, Bernard 'Babe' Former eastside Lancaster alfalfa rancher Bernard "Babe" Gaudi, one of the dwindling number of surviving veterans of World War II in the Antelope Valley, died Sat. at age 91. A truck driver before World War II, Gaudi joined the Marines at age 18 and was among the men who fought in the invasion of Iwo Jima in 1945. Born Jan. 2, 1926, in Jeannette, Pa., Gaudi left high school after his sophmore year and began working as a truck driver to help his family. After serving in the Marines, he returned to Pennsylvania to resume work as a truck driver and married sweetheart Magdalen. Married until her death at age 74 in 2002, they had seven children. They moved to the Antelope Valley in 1954 and he began ranching in the Willow Springs area. In 1957 he started running a ranch at 30th Street East and Avenue L, where the Lancaster National Soccer Center is now. Gaudi moved out of the ranch and into a house on 50th Street East in 1988 but continued ranching work elsewhere. Survivors include children: Bernard P. Gaudi, Annette (Bill) Williams , Rodger (Melissa) Gaudi, Vincent (Linda) Gaudi, Douglas (Joanna) Gaudi, Janette Crawford, Paulette Gaudi; grandchildren: Rebecca, Emily,Danny, Dustin, Franklin, Sarah, Gwendolyn, Gordon, Jocelyn Allyson, Douglas, Angela, Nicholas,Cameron and Bradley and 25 great- grandchildren. Rosary will be held 7:00pm, Thurs. at Mumaw Funeral Home, 44643 Date Ave., Lancaster. Services will be 10:00am, Fri. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 565 West Kettering St., Lancaster. Burial will be at Desert Lawn Memorial Park in Palmdale, with a reception following at Gino's Italian Restaurant. Contributions in memory of Bernard Gaudi may be made to Wounded Warrior Project at

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