ROSE MARY PSZENICZNY, age 90, of Thorp, passed away peacefully at Oakbrook Health and Rehab, on Sunday, December 10, 2017.
Rose Mary Zawacki was born November 14, 1927 to William and Emily (Malinowski) Zawacki in the Township of Withee, rural Thorp. She was raised on the family farm and graduated from Withee High School in 1946. Before leaving for Chicago, Rose Mary had her eye on a classmate named Eddie Pszeniczny, who was handsome, could dance, and played the concertina. In downtown Chicago, she lived in a rooming house and worked as a receptionist/bookkeeper in the Merchandise Mart, along the Chicago River, for approximately 1 year. She then moved back to Thorp and at the age of 19, and married the love of her life, Edward Pszeniczny on September 13, 1947 at St. Hedwig’s Catholic Church in the country.
Rosie and Eddie lived in the Town of Reseburg for 51 years, running a successful dairy farm where they raised and milked Registered Holsteins. Rosie managed all of the finances and farm taxes. Rosie loved taking care of her baby calves and helped manage the herd alongside Eddie. The cows always milked better when the radio played polka music, and Rosie and Eddie danced in the aisle of the barn! She had a love of pine trees, would raise them, give them to family members, and donate them to other organizations, such as the City of Thorp for its' Arbor Day Celebrations. The Pszeniczny woods was a favorite place to visit for family members, as Eddie and Rosie would guide us on tours deep into the woods, take pictures by the river, have picnics on blankets under the tall trees, and gather mushrooms every year. She was a big fan of Elvis' and always enjoyed taking in Elvis Tribute shows. Rosie also had a love of photography. She has an extensive collection of beautiful photos of family, nature, Eddie (of course!) and their Holsteins. In addition to her work on the farm, Rosie was also a C.N.A.
She was a member of the Oakland Homemakers Club where she conducted and played in the ever-famous Hobo Band that entertained at many community events, parades, nursing homes and schools. Rosie loved to polka dance with her Eddie. They were members of the Thorp Polish Folk Dancers, the Thorp Historical Society, and were lifelong members of St. Bernards/St. Hedwigs Parish. They donated much of their time volunteering and working at events at the Quonset Hall and participated faithfully in Church masses and rosaries. In 1998, Eddie and Rosie retired and moved to their new home in Thorp.
Rosie will be sadly missed by numerous friends & family. She has three surviving siblings: Joann Muraski of Bellwood, IL, Mary Ogurek of Thorp and Ted (Joan) Zawacki of Eau Claire. Rosie and Eddie had a great love for their nieces and nephews and treated them like their own. Surviving nieces and nephews are: Karol (Jim) Dyer of Kettering, Ohio, Mary Jean (Paul) Matejcek of East Troy, WI, Cathie (Richard) Curran of Chicago, IL, Anne Muraski of Monterey, CA, Dennis Ogurek of Eau Claire, Patricia Foss of Greendale, Judy (Gordon) Oler of Mondovi, Connie (Scott Holzer) Ogurek of Frisco, CO, Tom Ogurek of Withee, Terri Ernst of Owen, Kevin (Kathy) Zawacki of Lake Wissota, Todd (Melissa) Zawacki of Gilman, Jessica Zawacki of Eau Claire, Ray Jr. (Kathryn) Pszeniczny of Thorp, David (Karen) Pszeniczny of Thorp.
Rosie was great aunt to: Becky Reed, Bill Dyer, Brendan Dyer, Chuck Dyer, Steve Dyer, Luke Foss, Lisa (Ben) Farley, Jennifer (Oler) Miller, Stacey (Gary Davidson) Slowiak, Ronda (Blaine Butler) Landress, Mitch Ernst, Jared Ernst, Erica Ernst, Emily Ernst, Olivia Pszeniczny, Alek Pszeniczny, Ari Pszeniczny, David Pszeniczny Jr., Ashley Pszeniczny, Halle Pszeniczny, Morgan Pszeniczny.
She was a great-great aunt to: Vivian Reed, Jacqueline Reed, Vanessa Dyer, Tucker Dyer, Rose Dyer, Fiona Dyer, Declan Dyer, Ronan Dyer, Thomas Dyer, Henry Dyer, Oliver Dyer, Joanna Dyer, Leo Dyer, Max Dyer, Cameron Landress, Jack Landress, Harper Lipinski, Lyric Lipinski, Kaitlyn Mill, Gunnar Inderleid.
Rosie was preceded in death by her parents: William and Emily Zawacki, her loving husband: Edward Pszeniczny in 2000, her father and mother-in-law: Stanley and Rozalia Pszeniczny, her brothers-in-law: Edward Muraski in 2010, Frank J. Ogurek in 2012, sister-in-law: Clara Grzegozewski in 2014, niece: Janean Zawacki, great-nephew: Andrew Oler.
Funeral services were held on Thursday, December 14, 2017, at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church. Visitation at 11:00 am followed by the funeral mass at 12:00 pm. Burial was at New St. Hedwig’s Catholic Cemetery in Thorp.
Pallbearers were: Ray Pszeniczny Jr., David Pszeniczny, Matthew Zawacki, Jacob Zawacki, Kevin Zawacki and Jim Dyer.