Florence Pawlik 1926-2017
Florence Pawlik, 91, of Gilman, passed away Tuesday, March 7, 2017, at Ascension Our Lady of Victory Hospital of Stanley, peacefully, with family at her side.
Florence was born on Jan. 9, 1926, in Chicago, Ill., daughter of the late Peter and Anna (Nesterick) Filipiak. The family moved to the Gilman area when she was a little girl. She graduated from Gilman High School and went to work in Chicago for a short time. Missing home, she came back and went to work in a clerical position in Eau Claire.
On June 19, 1948, she was united in marriage to Joseph Pawlik at Holy Assumption Orthodox Church in Lublin. Joe and Florence worked side by side, operating and expanding the family dairy farm south of Gilman, while raising their three children; Joseph Jr. “Joey”, Darlene and Dorothy. Florence was both a full-time housewife and farmer before retirement in 1978. She enjoyed gardening and her many flowers throughout her yard. She was a member of the Learn and Earn Homemaker’s club, a Sunday school teacher, a knitting leader in the Poplar Grove 4-H club, and an active member of Holy Assumption Orthodox Church. She especially enjoyed attending many of the grand and great- grandchildren’s school events. She crocheted many beautiful afghans for graduations, weddings, and the births of all 18 great-grandchildren, also gave many away to others. One of her favorite pastimes was making 8-10 loaves of homemade bread every week, kneading it by hand, and giving them away to family and friends. Her apple pies were the best and there were always coffee and treats available when someone stopped by to visit.
Florence was a quiet, gentle, caring woman of strong religious faith who truly put others first in her life. She had a warm smile and loved her “great grands.” Pictures of family and friends surrounded her in her home. She was truly a blessing to all and will be missed dearly.
She is survived by two daughters, Darlene (Gary) Pawlik Plank of Stratford and Dorothy (Stanley) Halida of Lublin; seven grandchildren who will serve as pall bearers and 18 great- grandchildren, Jacqueline (Zach) Hennemann and their children Isaac and Jacob; Carey (Mark) Pawlik Paulson and their children, Dylan and Kole; Jennifer (Jeramie) Duellman and their children, Tychelle, Troy, and Trevin; Jodi (Paul) Weisenbeck and their children, Karlie, Bailey and Hallie; Cory (Sarah) Halida and their children, Logan, Lucas, Bradley and Grace; Kristen (David) Koontz Haider and their daughter, Marley; and Karyn (Zack) Nitz and their children, Ella, Alaina and Samuel. She is also survived by her daughter-in-law, Sharon Hughes of Gilman; brothers, Peter (Patricia) Filipiak of Hawkins and Richard Filipiak of Chippewa Falls; sisters, Eleanor Almos of Minneapolis, Minn. and Alice (Herb) Deuel of Sheldon; and sister-in-law, Jan Filipiak of Hudson. She is further survived by her “ray of sunshine” friend and neighbor Julie Wasylko, who assisted her every morning for the past 5 years.
Florence is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Joseph Sr. (2013); son, Joseph Jr.; son-in-law, Richard Hughes; brother, William Filipiak; sister, Dorothy Filipiak; and brother-in-law, Kurt Almos.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, March 11 at 11 a.m. at Holy Assumption Orthodox Church, Lublin, with Fr. Hermann Klarr officiating. Visitation was from 4-8 p.m. on Friday at the Gilman Funeral home with a 7:30 p.m. Panikhida service, and also visitation on Saturday morning at the funeral home from 9:30-10:30 a.m.