Waneta B. (1932 - 2007)
Contact: Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon
Surnames: Gwiazda, Kroeplin, Meeker, Malecki, Przybylski, Kotrba, Lane
----Sources: Thorp Courier (Thorp, WI.) October 17, 2007
Gwiazda, Waneta B. (March 14, 1932 - October 11, 2007)
Waneta B. Gwiazda, age 75, former resident of the Thorp and Stanley area passed away peacefully on October 11, 2007 at the Chippewa Manor Nursing Home in Chippewa Falls, WI.
Services were held on Monday, October 15, 2007 at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Trinity Ukranian Orthodox Church, Thorp, WI, with Fr. Ted Wojcik officiating. Burial followed in the Holy Trinity Ukranian Orthodox Cemetery, Thorp, WI.
Friends and family called on Sunday evening from 4-8 p.m. at the Plombon Funeral Chapel, Stanley, WI. Plombon Funeral Service assisted the family with arrangements.
Waneta was born March 14, 1932 at home in the Town of Taft, Taylor County, WI, the daughter of Cecil & Edna (Kroeplin) Meeker. She grew up north of Stanley and attended Westland School and graduated from Gilman High School.
She was united in marriage to Walter Gwiazda in Medford, WI on August 2, 1949. They made their home north of Thorp, farming for many years. Waneta was devoted to her family of four children, Cheryle, Irene, Gregory, & Duane. She was a wonderful wife and mother who always put her husband and children before herself. She enjoyed an array of hobbies: needlepoint, crocheting, knitting, cross stitch and writing books about her heritage, but her greatest joy was her children and grandchildren. She touched so many lives with her love, wit, spunk and sense of humor. During the last three and a half years she resided at the Chippewa Manor Nursing Home in Chippewa Falls where she was taken care of so very well.
Waneta is survived by her four children: Cheryle (Jim) Malecki of Stanley, WI, Irene Przybylski of Stanley, WI, Gregory (Minnette) Gwiazda of Chippewa Falls, WI and Duane (Gloria) Gwiazda of Hudson, WI; grandchildren: Sandy, Jessica, LaShawn, Regina, Nick, Dustin, Eric, Russel, Jeanene, and Danielle; ten great-grandchildren; brothers and sisters: Rose Kotrba, Marvin Meeker, George Meeker, Chet Meeker, Judy Gwiazda and Sharon Lane.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter; her parents, Cecil & Edna Meeker; grandson, Corey Malecki; and brother, Lester Meeker.
Waneta will be missed dearly by her friends that wee so much a part of her life. She will forever be in our memories and in our hearts.
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