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Charles Guercio

Charles Guercio, 90, died Thursday, June 5, 2014, at Hays Medical Center.

He was born April 20, 1924, in Blasedale, N.Y., to Samuel and Theresa (Catalano) Guercio. After the war, he graduated from photography school in Dallas.

He married Peg Green in June of 1949. She preceded him in death in December of 1995. He moved to Hays, where he worked as a photographer and soon opened his own photography studio.  They operated Guercio Studios in Hays for many years preserving weddings and family ties along with other subjects through his work.

He later married Rose (Pfeifer-Windholz) Guercio on Aug. 14, 1999. He moved to Victoria, where they enjoyed retirement and family. Together they traveled Kansas and took extended trips to visit relatives. They enjoyed taking pictures of old farmsteads, birds and churches. He was a U.S. Navy veteran in World War II on the USS Lake Champlain.

Survivors include his wife, Victoria; a brother, Jake Guercio, Hutchinson; a sister, Sandy Guercio, Buffalo, N.Y.; a stepson, Carl Windholz and wife, Valorie, Wichita; two stepdaughters, Jane Windholz, Wichita, and Rhoda Urban and husband, Jerry, Victoria; six step-grandchildren, Candy Miller and husband, Chris, Kansas City, Heather Smith, Wichita, Tammy Batt and husband, Tim, Russell, Heather Arasmith and husband, Chad, McCook, Neb., James Wittman and wife, Jennifer, Hays, Jeremy Urban, Dallas; and 12 step-great-grandchildren, Alex Richardson and Kyla Smith, Raven, Kyra, Kael, and Sawyer Arasmith, Skylar Wittman, Taryn and Tayler Batt, Chase, Lane and Jersey Wittman.

He was preceded in death by four brothers, Joseph, Salvator, Vincent and Anthony Guercio.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Basilica of St. Fidelis, Victoria; burial in St. Fidelis Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday and from 1 p.m. until time of service Tuesday, both at the basilica.

A Daughters of Isabella rosary will be at 6:30 p.m. Monday followed by vigil at 7 p.m., both at the basilica.

Memorials are suggested to the Basilica of St. Fidelis or Masses, in care of Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, 1906 Pine, Hays, KS 67601.

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