Paluch, Stella C. (Szewczyk)
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Stella (Szewczyk) Paluch, 97, Green Bay, peacefully passed away surrounded by her family on Wednesday, August 15, 2012. Born on March 11, 1915, to the late Theofil and Agnes (Gunia) Szewczyk, she began life's journey in Chicago. Her father passed away when she was only 8 years old. Later Frank Hendzel became her step-father, a man she called, "the best step-father you could ask for." Her family traded the noise of Chicago for the quiet of the country when they moved to a farm in Pulaski. Initially the quiet would keep them awake at night. However, it wasn't long before they all enjoyed the new freedoms living on a farm brought them and falling asleep was no longer an issue.
Stella met Harry Paluch, and married that "cute, curly brown-haired boy" on November 20, 1934, sharing 64 wonderful years together. They farmed in Krakow for a brief time before moving to Green Bay. She loved shopping, cooking/baking, gardening, fishing, traveling, dancing, bowling, bingo, but most of all, playing cards. Oil painting became another of her loves, a hobby she began only after all the children had left the nest. As a child, helping her parents on the farm was a chore, but later turned into a labor of love. She helped her sister Honey with the many tasks that allowed their parents to enjoy their home longer as they aged. They were great examples of how to be caretakers.
Survivors include 3 sons, Gene (Sandra), Dale (Phyllis), Wayne (Judy); daughter, Kathy (Doug) Gorzelanczyk; 12 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; 5 great-great-grandchildren; sisters, Joan Nurczyk, Lorraine "Honey" (Orville) Muck; brothers, Chet (Ronnie) Sommers, Frank (Golda) Hendzel, Gene (Nancy) Hendzel; sister-in-laws, Dora Sommers, Emily Paluch, Jean Paluch, and both Pat Hendzels.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; son, Jerry; daughter-in-law, LaVerne Paluch; granddaughter, Kelly Stewart; grandson, Rick Paluch; two great-granddaughters; brothers, Ben Sommers, Leonard Hendzel, Edwin Hendzel; sister, Jean Baranczyk; brothers-in-law, Ray Wennesheimer, Ervin Cooney, Ted Nurczyk, Chet Baranczyk, John LaRock, Ed Paluch, Ervin Paluch, Dan Paluch, Walter Cayemberg; sisters-in-law, Marge Cooney, Marion Paluch, Eleanor Wennesheimer and Angie Cayemberg.
Friends and family may call from 9:30 -11 a.m. Monday, August 20 at St. Mary of the Angel Church, 645 S. Irwin St. Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. with Fr. Patrick Gawrylewski, OFM officiating. Entombment at Allouez Catholic Cemetery. Online condolences may be expressed at www.prokowall.com.
A special thank you to granddaughter Michelle Sponholtz for her immeasurable support, making the unbearable bearable. Also thanks to granddaughters Deb & Kim for all their help. The family would like to thank CRL Bellevue for helping her keep her independence these past 6 ½ years. Thank you to Dr. Khilisy at Bellin Hospital and the many staff members there that treated her with such respect. Thank you to the Angels at Borneman's Nursing Home and Unity Hospice who briefly cared for her. We are so very grateful to Unity Hospice for providing Stella with such a beautiful, peaceful place to spend the last days of her life.
Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette on Aug. 18, 2012
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