Cecilia J. (Wiza) Searl, 89, of 1701 Michigan Ave, Stevens Point, (formerly of 4751 Sunset Dr., Mosinee) died May 27th at Aspirus Wausau Hospital.
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Cecilia was born October 7, 1922 to the late Walter and Lucy (Herman) Wiza of Stockton, Wis. As a young woman, she abandoned dreams of being an Army nurse to stay near home and help her family, eventually setting on a career in education. She graduated from P.J. Jacobs High School June 5, 1940 and went on to attend Central State Teachers College (now UWSP) receiving: a 2yr. Rural Teaching degree in 1942, a 3yr. State Graded teaching degree in 1946, and a 4yr. Bachelors of Education in 1950. She married Lester Searl Dec. 27, 1948 in Houghton, Michigan and returned to UWSP to continue her education, graduating with a Masters of Science-Elementary Ed. in 1965 and also getting a reading specialist license from Marquette University in 1974. She was an avid learner and continued to take classes throughout most of the rest of her life. She taught 7 years (all grades) in the rural schools of Portage Co., 1 year (second grade) in a village Wautoma school and 33 years (Kindergarten, 3rd grade, Reading Specialist, and 1st Grade) in the Mosinee School District. She retired in 1991.
In addition to her professional career, she helped Lester with the duplex where she most recently lived and a 97 acre farm, which the pair spent years transforming into a beautiful homestead beloved by the entire family.
She was a sincere, devout Christian who loved to teach, read, make quilts with her good friend Diane Bernarde, help Lester run their farm, interact with her grandchildren, and help her peers, family, and friends in every way that she could. She remains a role model for friends and family and she will be greatly missed by many.
Cecilia is survived by 2 daughters (Marie E. Ostrowski - Plover and JoAnn Andison - Montreal Canada); 3 grandchildren (Todd Joseph Searl, Samantha R. Ostrowski and James C Andison); 2 sons-in-law (John Andison and John Meier); and 15 nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband Lester J. Searl, 1 daughter (Margaret D. Meier), 1 brother (Raymond Wiza), 2 sisters (Frances Ehm and Regina Klosinski), 1 son-in-law (Gregory Ostrowski), 2 sisters-in-law (Forestine Searl and Mary Searl) and 4 brothers-in-law (Robert Searl, Leighton Searl, Myron Klosinski and Andrew Ehm.)
A visitation will be held from 3-7 p.m. at Boston Funeral Home in Stevens Point on Sunday, June 3rd, with a rosary service at 7. A mass will follow on Monday, June 4th at 11 a.m. at St. Peter's Church, 800 4th Ave. Stevens Point, with a visitation starting at 10:00a.m. at the St. Faustina Room.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to set up a memorial scholarship to aid an education student at UWSP.
On line condolences can be made at bostonfuneralhome.net
Published in Stevens Point Journal on May 31, 2012