Mary Stanek

CRYSTAL FALLS – Mary Catherine Stanek, 92, of Buck Lake, passed away Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Northstar Health System in Iron River.

She was born May 18, 1921, daughter of the late Albert and Stella Klima. Mary attended and graduated from the former Alpha Porter High School, class of 1939. Upon graduation she worked in Chicago at Tabin Picker and Crane Co. She attended Century College of Medical Technology.

Mary married Joseph Stanek in 1946. They lived in Chicago until 1950, when they purchased the family farm and moved back to the Buck Lake District. Mary worked as a lab tech at the Crystal Falls Community Hospital for 23 years, retiring in 1982.

She served as a lector minister and held various offices in the Women’s Guild at St. Edward Catholic Church in Alpha. She was a member of Guardian Angels Church in Crystal Falls.

Mary enjoyed life on the farm, family gatherings, playing bingo, bowling in her earlier years and doing various crossword puzzles. She was an excellent cook and carried on with the traditional Polish dishes and pastries.

She is survived by two sons, Dennis (Cheryl) Stanek of Gladstone and David Stanek of Buck Lake; one daughter, Donna (William) Pankratz of Rochester Hills; two brothers, Frank Klima of Virginia, Minn., and Stanley (Mary Ellen) Klima of North Olmstead, Ohio; two sisters, Jean Musial of Chicago, and Nancy Horansky of Rocky River, Ohio; eight grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Mary was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph; one son, Allen Sylvester Stanek; one granddaughter, Joey Stanek; one grandson, Ryan McCole; four brothers, Albert Klima, Walter Klima, Leonard Klima and Edward Klima; and two sisters, Eleanor Klima and Violet Miller.

Visitation will be Thursday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Jacobs-Plowe Funeral Home in Crystal Falls.

The funeral Mass will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at Guardian Angels Catholic Church in Crystal Falls. Rev. Fr. Jeffrey Kurtz will officiate.

Burial will be in Evergreen Memorial Cemetery in Crystal Falls.

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The family has chosen the Jacobs-Plowe Funeral Home in Crystal Falls to honor Mary’s legacy of life.