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Dolly J. Bednarek Print E-mail

Sept. 20, 1919-May 1, 2014

Dolly J. Bednarek (nee Souder), 94, rural Wautoma (Town of Wautoma) passed away peacefully Thursday afternoon May 1, 2014 at Rosemore Village in Wild Rose, where she had resided since December of 2010.

Dolly was born Sept. 20, 1919 in Wautoma, at the home of her parents, Frank and Irene (Henke) Souder. She was raised and lived most of her life in the Town of Wautoma, in Waushara County. She married Louis L. “Louie” Bednarek on Dec. 26, 1941 in Wautoma. Louis preceded Dolly in death on Oct. 20, 2005 after nearly 64 years of marriage.

Dolly and Louis and their children proudly farmed for over 60 years. Their family farm received the designation of a Century Farm for being in the same family for 100 years.

Although she did many other jobs in addition to farming during her lifetime, Dolly’s primary occupation was that of a wife, mother, and homemaker, and she was a charter member of the Parker Valley Homemakers club. She taught in the Princeton Schools, was employed as a secretary at the old Wautoma High School, and taught at the Victory School, in Spring Lake. Dolly was clerk for an early Town of Wautoma/Town of Dakota elementary school district. She was also the last clerk at the Waushara County Teacher’s College. She was Waushara County’s first Tax Lister, and was Treasurer of the Town of Wautoma for a number of years.

Dolly was also a short order cook and waitress at the Plainfield Truck Stop, and had been a waitress at Bruno’s Restaurant, the Black & White, The Place, and the Snack Shack, all in Wautoma, and at other establishments in the Wautoma area. She was also employed at John Walker’s Kirby Vacuum Store in Wautoma for several years.

Some of Dolly’s favorite activities included sewing – she made her daughter Donna’s prom dress, among many other items – crocheting, and gardening. She grew and canned many vegetables over the years and especially loved tending flowers. Her favorites were gladiolus, zinnias and marigolds.

Dolly was a long-time, active member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Wautoma, and was often able to attend Mass there even in her later years.

Survivors include her daughters: Wanda (Dave Mergen) McDade, Tucson, AZ; Christine (John) Tolaney, Germantown; Barbara J. Bednarek, Wautoma; and Donna (David Glickman) Funcke, Issaquah, WA; her sons: Michael Bednarek, Wautoma; Philip (Lynn) Bednarek, Evansville; Paul Bednarek, Wautoma; and Daniel (Maureen) Bednarek, Irvine, CA. Dolly is also survived by eight grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, a sister-in-law, Sue Polakowski, Berlin, many other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by two sisters, who died in infancy; her parents; a daughter: Marilyn Marie, who died in infancy; her husband: Louis; and, recently, a cousin: Evelyn Harke of Wautoma; and many other relatives.

Visitation and funeral services for Dolly J. Bednarek were held May 6 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, where the Mass of Christian Burial was Celebrated by Father Emmanuel Bialoncik, O.F.M. Following the Mass, Dolly was laid to rest beside her husband, Louis, in the Wautoma Calvary Cemetery. A luncheon was served at St. Joseph’s Hall following the Cemetery Service.

Should friends desire, donations in Dolly’s memory can be made to the American Macular Degeneration Foundation,

The Ruminski Funeral Home of Redgranite assisted the family with arrangements.


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