Wanda Catherine Suterko
1921 - 2020
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Suterko, Wanda Catherine 10/19/1921 - 8/4/2020 Ann Arbor, Michigan Our dear mother and grandmother, Wanda Catherine Suterko, passed away on Tuesday, August 4, 2020. She was born October 19th, 1921 in Chicago, one of nine children born to Frank and Agata Barabas. Wanda was a first sergeant in the Women's Army Corp during WWII. Following her service, in 1948 she wed her beloved husband Stan; he preceded her in death in 2008. Wanda and Stan raised their three girls in Portage, Michigan where Stan helped to establish the Blind Rehabilitation Department at Western Michigan University. They traveled with his teaching career throughout North America and Europe. Wanda made long-lasting friendships as a member of the University Dames where she was an avid bridge player. Wanda and Stan were also charter members of St. Catherine of Siena Church in Portage Michigan. After Stan passed away, she relocated to Ann Arbor, Michigan to live by her daughter Cathy. Her days were brightened by a special friend, Chester Grala who shared her Polish heritage and interest in watching the Detroit Tigers and the Red Wings. She is survived by her sister Lorraine Pasowicz, three daughters and sons-in-law: Sandra(Gordon)of Williamston, MI, Diane (Richard) Konwinski of Byron Center, MI, Catherine Sigler of Ann Arbor, MI; seven grandchildren: Justin (Debbie) Plourde, Scott (Ashley) Plourde, Nicole(Chad) Elliott, Ryan (Leah) Konwinski, Kyle (Holly) Konwinski, Lauren (James) Busch and John Sigler; she has thirteen great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband Stanley Suterko, she was preceded in death by four sisters and three brothers: Joan (Jack) Susarrey, Ann (Ed Konkol, Joe Walsh) Walsh, Esther (Eddie) Podraza, Virginia (Wally) Podraza, Joseph (Kitty) Barabas, Chester (Marion) Barabas and Ted Barabas. A private funeral is planned for immediate family only. A burial with full military honors will take place at Ft. Custer National Cemetery, Augusta, MI. She will be laid to rest next to her husband. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the local organization that provides food assistance to those in need: Food Gatherers, One Carrot Way, Ann Arbor, MI 48105. Arrangements by Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care, Battle Creek. Personal messages for the family may be placed at www.farleyestesdowdle.com.


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Published in Kalamazoo Gazette from Aug. 6 to Aug. 9, 2020.
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August 22, 2020
It was my pleasure and privilege to have known Wanda. Her energy, compassion and interest in life was amazing. Looking at the tremendous children, grandchildren and great grandchildren she left behind, it was passed on❤. I am so sorry for your loss, but you were so blessed to have had her for so many years.
Susan Lewis
Classmate
August 16, 2020
Sending prayers to Wanda's family. We were neighbors for quite a few years of their retirement. Also church family at St. Catherine of Siena.
Connie & Gary Shoemaker
Neighbor
August 13, 2020
Cathy, our heartfelt condolences on the passing of your mother. Wanda was always so full of energy and enthusiasm. I will miss having dinner with her. My impression is that she lived a very full life and I'm sure you have lots of great memories.
Mark Simonson
Neighbor
August 12, 2020
I will so much miss having dinner with Wanda. She will be missed.
Joan Skadsen
August 10, 2020
So very sorry to read of your mom's passing. What a wonderful, long life she lived. I am sure you have loads of loving memories to hold close. Thinking of you and your family at this sad time.
Lorie Reed
Friend
August 9, 2020
Sincere condolences for you,Cathy, and your family. Please take care and keep all the great memories close to your .
Kathy Norwood Illes
Classmate
August 8, 2020
I will treasure always the time Aunt Wanda spent with me when my mother (Wanda's oldest sibling) was nearing her own passing. She went with me to visit my mom at the nursing home at a time when I needed strength and caring from someone I know loved my mom as I did. She offered words of wisdom and love. I will never forget her support. I wish we could be with Sandy, Diane, and Cathy and their families to celebrate her wonderful life.
Barbara J. Siwy Siwy
Family
August 7, 2020
In loving memory of a wonderful Aunt. We will love you and miss you always. She was such a special person!
Steve and Mary Morris
Mary Morris
Family
August 7, 2020
I fondly remember your mom from her time at St Catherine's. I treasured her friendship. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.
Bev Rindler
Friend
August 6, 2020
Mom was an absolutely unique combination of love, high standards, fortitude, and honesty. She was always guiding us in directions that would enhance our lives. I never had a doubt that I and my sisters were my parents' first priority.
We were so blessed that she lived a long life.
Cathy Sigler
Daughter
August 6, 2020
My sincere condolences to Wanda’s family and friends for the loss of a beautiful, loving woman. Your memories will give you comfort, peace, and joy thru this difficult time, and all your tomorrows.
JanetMattke
Friend
August 6, 2020
Wanda was the best grandmother and great grandmother anyone could ask for and we already miss her
Lauren Busch
Grandchild
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