MaryAnn V. Wawrzaszek

MaryAnn V. Wawrzaszek, 81, Hatley, entered eternal life on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019 surrounded by her seven children at Aspirus Wausau Hospital.

She was born to Alois and Meta (Buss) Klopotek on Sept. 6, 1938, in the family farm house in the town of Norrie. On Oct. 8, 1960, she was united in marriage to Al C. Wawrzaszek at St. William Catholic Church in Eland. He preceded her in death on Aug. 25, 1998.

MaryAnn and Al lovingly raised their seven children in Hatley. Her gift, her calling and her life’s purpose was to be a wife, mother and grandmother. A truly gentle soul and a kind ear to everyone she met, MaryAnn exemplified God’s love. MaryAnn and Al loved to travel with their children and in later years as a couple. MaryAnn loved spending precious time with her family, taking great delight in playing games and doing puzzles with her grandchildren.

MaryAnn was a homemaker. In addition, she was involved in many volunteer roles and community organizations. She was a member of the St. Florian Rosary Society, the Red Hat Ladies, the Hatley-Ringle Lioness Club, and the Merry Mixer Homemakers Club. She also volunteered many hours to St. Florian School and Church and especially enjoyed being a classroom helper for the Little Saints Preschool and doing communion visits to the homebound.

Survivors include her seven children, Patrick (Sandy) Wawrzaszek, Wausau, Joanie (Les Fraaza) Wawrzaszek, Hatley, Kathy (Roger) Vogelsang, Neenah, Steff (Christine) Wawrzaszek, Chisago City, Minnesota, Maria (Greg) Drazkowski, Menomonie, Rose (Glen) Wurm, Woodbury, Minnesota, and Paul Wawrzaszek, Chicago, Illinois; 14 grandchildren, Brittany (Louis) Hughes, Olivia Bernitt, Jenny Wawrzaszek, Jonathan Wawrzaszek, Kate Wawrzaszek, Isabella Wurm, Anna Drazkowski, Beth Wawrzaszek, Francesca Wurm, Kayla Drazkowski, Solomon Wurm, Shane Drazkowski, Elijah Wurm and Katrina Drazkowski; two brothers, Gerald (Leah) Klopotek, Wausau, and David (Patti) Klopotek, Denver, Colorado; two sisters, Mildred Jolitz, Oshkosh, and Joyce (Lester) Umland, Birnamwood; two sisters-in law, Regina Wawrzaszek, Rothschild, and Sonia Wawrzaszek, Cave Creek, Arizona; a special niece, Ruth (Ray) Forsgren, Chippewa Falls; one cousin, Sandy (Maurice) Damask, Custer; and many nieces and nephews.

Besides her husband and parents, MaryAnn was preceded in death by her sister, Joan Ostroski; her sisters-in-law, Su Klopotek, Marie Wawrzaszek and Lorraine Wawrzaszek; her brothers-in-law Herman Jolitz, Leonard Ostroski, and Joseph, Frank, John, Ignatius, Chester and Peter Wawrzaszek; and nephews, Gerald Wawrzaszek and Thomas Umland.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019, at St. Florian Catholic Church in Hatley. The Rev. Greg Bohren will preside. Burial will be in the St. Florian Cemetery. Visitation will be on Thursday, Nov. 21 from 9 a.m. until the time of services at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Florian Catholic Church or Aspirus Hospice. Schmidt-Schulta Funeral Home in Wittenberg is assisting the family. Memories may be shared at

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