Veronica Florence (Polingo) Braunwarth, 83, of Norwood Young America, passed away Monday, Dec. 29, 2014, at Marie Steiner Kelting Hospice Home in Chaska.
She was born April 18, 1931, in Waverly, the daughter of Frank and Mathilda (Malok) Polingo.
Veronica was baptized as an infant April 26, 1931, and was later confirmed in her faith as a youth, April 6, 1946, both by Father Nolan at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Waverly. She received her education at St. Mary’s Catholic School in Waverly.
Veronica was united in marriage to Eugene Braunwarth Oct. 17, 1950, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Waverly.
Veronica and Eugene made their home in Norwood Young America. Their marriage was blessed with three children, William, Shirley, and Daniel.
The couple shared more than 60 years of marriage, until Eugene passed away March 10, 2011.
In addition to being a loving wife, mother, and homemaker, Veronica worked at Central High School as a cook, and also worked at Young America Corporation, both in Norwood Young America. She was a faithful member of Church of the Ascension in Norwood Young America.
Veronica enjoyed playing cards, fishing, dancing, gardening, and traveling. She also loved to watch her grandchildren in many school activities. Veronica especially cherished the time she spent with her family and friends.
She is survived by her children, William Braunwarth and his wife, Carol, of Eden Prairie, Shirley Mahoney, and Daniel Braunwarth and his wife, Christine, all of Norwood Young America; grandchildren, Andrew Braunwarth of Eden Prairie; Jason Braunwarth and his fiancée, Ashley Sennett, of North Kansas City, MO; Miranda Arnst and her husband, Matthew, of Mankato; Jonathan Braunwarth, Nolan Braunwarth, and Grace Braunwarth, all of Norwood Young America; brother, Robert Polingo and his wife, Sharon, of Litchfield; nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many friends.
In addition to her husband, Eugene, Veronica was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Mathilda Polingo; sister-in-law Jeanette Knott, and her husband, Ray; brother-in-law Jerome Braunwarth, and his wife, Ruth; and nephews Dennis Polingo, and Kevin Knott.
Mass of Christian Burial took place Saturday, Jan. 3 at 10 a.m. at Church of the Ascension in Norwood Young America, followed by interment in the church cemetery.
Father Gregory Abbott officiated, organist was Marilee Widmer, soloists were Peter Polingo, who performed “On This Day O Beautiful Mother;” and Jonathan Braunwarth, who performed “How Great Thou Art.”
Other musical selections included “The Strife Is Over,” “On Eagle’s Wings,” “Prayer of St. Francis,” “Gift of Finest Wheat,” and “The Bells of St. Mary.”
Honorary casket bearers were Patsie Prchal, Bernadine Freudenthal, Eileen Klahers, Roseann Hessel, Leo Braunwarth, Margaret Hasbrook, Lorraine Kittock, Walter Habish, Carol Stockman, Marlys Kadunz, Jim Polingo, George Polingo, and Peggy Polingo.
Casketbearers were Andrew Braunwarth, Jason Braunwarth, Jonathan Braunwarth, Nolan Braunwarth, Peter Polingo, and Robbie Polingo.
Arrangements were by the Paul-McBride Funeral Chapel of Norwood Young America.