Mass of Christian Burial for Edward Wawrzyniak was held June 13, 1998 at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church, Silver Lake with the Rev. Bob Mraz officiating.
The organist was Alice Nowak and the Holy Family Adult Choir sang "On Eagles Wings," "Be Not Afraid," "I am the Bread of Life," and "How Great Thou Art." Al Rozeske was the reader and Rosemary Stibal was the Eucharistic minister.
Pallbearers were Todd Syvertson, Scott Wawrzyniak, Kyle Wawrzyniak and Karl Wawrzyniak.
Honorary pallbearers were Marc Wawrzyniak, Jacob Wawrzyniak, Kendra Wawrzyniak and Kelli Monahan.
Interment was in St. Adalbert Cemetery, Silver Lake. Military rites were performed by the Silver Lake Legion.
Edward was born Aug. 8, 1922 in Silver Lake, Minn., the son of Frances (Rozeske) and Joseph Wawrzyniak. He attended St. Adalbert's School. In his youth he worked with his dad in the ice business, cutting and storing ice in the winter to sell throughout the year.
He became an auto mechanic, working for area garages before opening his own business, known as Ed's Garage, in 1952. He continued in business for 40 years, when he retired on Jan., 1, 1992 and sold his business to his son Harlan.
On Oct. 15, 1946, Ed was united in marriage to Sophie Millerbernd. Sophie was killed in a car accident near St. Bonifacius June 29, 1968.
On Oct. 30, 1976, Ed married Bernice Dolezal at St. Adalbert Church.
He enjoyed traveling on yearly vacations with wife Bernice and going for coffee, mornings and afternoons with his friends.
Ed was a lifelong member of St. Adalbert/Holy Family Church, serving on the building committee when the church was remodeled in 1970.
He was a member of the Silver Lake Fire Department for 44 years, serving as fire chief for 32 years. He was a member of the Silver Lake American Legion and Knights of Columbus, working as the head cook for their annual fish fry for many years.
Ed served in Europe during World War II, participating in the Battle of the Bulge.
Ed was a resident of Burns Manor Nursing Home in Hutchinson since December 1997. He entered eternal rest on Wednesday, June 10 at the age of 75 at the Hutchinson Hospital.
Survivors include his wife Bernice, daughter Mary Jo Syvertson and husband Dale; sons Harlan and wife Barbara, Kevin, Duane and wife Christine, and Gene and wife Burnett, all of Silver Lake.
He is further survived by step-children: Shirley Nemec and husband Ron of Glencoe, Judy Pokornowski and husband Leroy, Connie Jaskowiak and husband Jerry of Silver Lake, and Russ Dolezal and wife Angie of Hutchinson; sisters, Bernice Fiecke and Anne Fasching of Winsted; 10 grandchildren, 10 step-grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Proceeding him in death were his wife Sophie, parents, brother Clarence and sister Eleanor Osterbauer.