Wanda Marianna Wawrzyniak
Wanda Marianna Wawrzyniak
  • January 15, 1932 - January 3, 2018
  • Grapevine, Texas

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Wanda Marianna Wawrzyniak, a resident of Grapevine, Texas died at the age of 85 on January 3rd, 2018.

Wanda was born In Poland on January 15, 1932, the fourth child of Anthony and Konstancja Opilka. She was only 7 when WWII broke out and until its end, she and her family endured hiding in Polish forests and laboring in German work camps. The family of nine immigrated to the United States after the war via a sponsorship by an Alabama cotton farmer. Two years later, after repaying their debts, they moved to Steger, Illinois where other Polish families had established residency. A quick learner and no stranger to hard work, Wanda quickly finished her formal education and began her working career. She married Walter Wawrzyniak on September 19, 1953; in Steger, Illinois. The young couple moved to Walter's residence in Gary, Indiana; and later to Chicago, Illinois for several years where their only child Lucy was born. Their final Illinois home of 35 years was in Olympia Fields. In 2006, the couple moved to Grapevine, Texas to be close to their daughter and her family. Wanda was a hair stylist but her first love was being a homemaker. She was an excellent cook, baker, seamstress and gardener. And her gift of hospitality was evident to all.

Surviving Wanda's death are her daughter, Lucy Badger and husband Chris of Grapevine, Texas; grandson Jonathan Badger and wife Shannon of San Antonio, Texas; grandson Daniel Badger and wife Cari of Schertz, Texas; and granddaughter, Anna Badger of Houston, Texas. Wanda was blessed with 5 great-grandchildren: Judah, Ethan, Christian, Luke and Sarah. She is also survived by two sisters, Sue Mlotek of Stuart, Florida; Teresa Nuskiewicz of Oak Forest, Illinois and numerous nieces and nephews.

Wanda was preceded in death by her spouse of 62 years, Walter Wawrzyniak, sister Genia Herbst, brother John Opilka, sister Natalie Tremaroli and brother Henry Opilka.

All services will be at J.E. Foust Funeral Home, 523 S. Main Street, Grapevine, Texas. The visitation will be Friday, January 12th from 6-8pm. The service will be Saturday, January 13th at 10am. Pastor Gene Carter, officiant.

Pallbearers are: Christopher Badger, Jonathan Badger, Daniel Badger, David O'Hara, Rich Panek and Alex Richardson.

Internment at Grapevine Cemetery.

Arrangements under the direction of J.E. Foust & Son Funeral Directors, GRAPEVINE, TX.