On Tuesday, April 22, 2014, our sweet Mother left her earthly home and, with the Archangels-Michael on her right, Gabriel on her left, Uriel before her and Raphael behind her, and with the presence of God over her head, was taken to her heavenly home.
Mary Helen Staeck, Mosinee, was born June 30, 1928, in Moon, the daughter of the late George and Theresa (Sutor) Pogwist. She attended school in Moon and at the age of 16 moved to Chicago where she worked as a telephone operator and as a model.
On Oct. 12, 1946, she married Frank Staeck and they lived and continued to work in Chicago until early 1948 when they moved to Frank's family farm in Halder. Frank preceded her in death on July 28, 1995.
Mary wore many different "hats" during her lifetime. On the homefront she was a caring nurse, excellent seamstress and cook, and wonderful teacher. In business she worked with Frank in their ginseng gardens, and then at Osco Drug Store in Wausau as the store's cosmetologist and transferred to the Stevens Point store where she eventually became the store's bookkeeper, retiring in 1994.
Mom loved spending time tending to her beautiful flower and vegetable garden. She liked to shop and travel with her family. Those times are cherished memories. She was lovingly referred to as "Grams" and "Duza". She and her oldest great-granddaughter, Lindsay, once found a bright light in the night sky and it became known as "Duza's star". We now know it is the brightest star in the sky.
Mom was a woman with a deep faith, devoted to the Blessed Mother, and was a lifetime member of St. Paul Catholic Church in Mosinee.
As Mom's health deteriorated, we suddenly found our life's roles reversed - we each became our Mother's Mother. Mom had taught us well and we hope that we, along with the help of our husbands, were able to make her proud.
She had her own very special angel and caregiver, Barbara Gburek, who lovingly and cheerfully helped Mom through her life's journey. We will be forever grateful to Barbara who loved Mom as though she were her own mother. We will be forever grateful to David Gburek who happily assisted in whichever way he could.
She is survived by her daughters, Sharon (Gideon ) Katzan, Madison, and their daughter, Raquel (Peter) Wasserman, Brooklyn, New York, and Carol (Fritz) Johnston, Mosinee, and their daughters, Stacie (Jerry) Peters, Big Lake, Minn., Sarah (Patrick) Yatchak, Stillwater, Minn., and Katheryn (Ryan) Walbruch, Zimmerman, Minn.; and four great-granddaughters, Lindsay and Merrit Peters, Gillian Yatchak and Quinn Walbruch; and her brother and sister-in-law, Fred and Joan Pogwist; along with many nieces and nephews.
Along with her husband Frank, she was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers, John, Stanley and Walter, and her sisters, Frances, Irene, Josephine and Helen.
We thank Ministry Hospice and their wonderful staff, including Lisa, Jennifer, Geri, Cindy and the volunteers, and Meredith, Stephanie, Misty, Erica, Anne and Josh for helping us as Mom's time on earth was nearing its end.
Our Mother was the world's best Mom. Our greatest gift to her is to love our families as fiercely as she did hers, so her circle of love can continue for generations. "Your work here is finished Mom, rest well".
Services will be at 10:00 am Friday, April 25, 2014, at St. Paul Catholic Church, Mosinee. The Rev. Donald Przybylski will officiate. Burial will be in St. Paul Cemetery, Mosinee. Visitation will be from 9:30 am Friday until time of services at the church. Beste Funeral Home, Mosinee, is in charge of arrangements.
Beste Funeral Home
611 3Rd St Mosinee, WI 54455
Published in the Wausau Daily Herald on Apr. 24, 2014