Stella T. Wieciech, (nee Gawlik) 98, passed away peacefully on Saturday morning, January 17, 2015 at her home in Perronville, MI.
She was born on August 21, 1916 in Chicago, IL, daughter to Andrew and Anna (Jachimiec) Gawlik while her parents were in the United States on vacation from Poland. When she was four, her mother passed away and she returned to Poland with her distraught father, and sister, Helen Grzyb formerly of Bark River. Stella returned to the United States several years later traveling via the passenger ocean liner M.S. Batory and arrived at Ellis Island in New York City, NY.
She lived in Chicago for a while and worked at a bakery and did housework for a doctor. She taught herself to read and speak in English. She loved violets, gardening, reading, sewing and embroidery.
While in Chicago, she met her husband John and married there. Then in 1946 moved to Perronville where he started his dairy farm.
She is survived by daughters, Ann (Richard) LaBuda of Chicago, IL, Dorothy (Thomas) Gorski of Lombard, IL, June (Mike) Smith of Richmond, TX, Helen (Charles) McKittrick of Elqin, IL, Irene (Edward) Blahnik of Perronville, MI, Cynthia (Gary) Poynter of Burbank, IL, Mary (John) Pappalardo of Palos Hills, IL and Frances Wieciech of Perronville; son, Daniel Wieciech of Perronville; step brother, Tadek (Genia) Gawlik of Krakow, Poland; nieces and nephews include, Dorothy (Ed) Ketchum, Doris (Sonny) Levesque, Thomas Grzyb and George (Lillian) Grzyb. She is also survived by 17 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren, one great great grandchild….five generations!
She was preceded in death by her parents, Anna and Andrew Grawlik; husband, John in 1987; baby, Margaret Marie in 1954; sister, Helen Grzyb in 2001; step brother, Edek Gawlik and step sister, Czeslawa Gawlik.
Special thanks to her caregivers; son, Daniel and daughters, Frances and Irene for the many hours of care and devotion.
Visitation will be on Friday, January 23, 2014 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Crawford Funeral Chapel in Bark River. Parish Prayers will be said at 4 p.m. Visitation will also take place on Saturday morning from 10 – 11 a.m. at Holy Family Church. The Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11 a.m. with Rev. John Longbucco and Rev. Emmett Norden concelebrating. A meal will follow in the church hall.
Burial will take place in the spring at St. Michael’s Cemetery in Perronville.
The Crawford Funeral Homes are assisting the Wieciech family.