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October 28, 2020

10/6/2020 7:30:00 AM
Dolores Ann Wawrzyniak

Dolores Ann Wawrzyniak passed on peacefully in her home on Friday, March 27, 2020 surrounded by her loving family. Dolores was born in Chicago on July 7, 1931 to George and Christine (McGowan) Cheoros. It was here she met the love of her life, Rick, whom she married on Nov. 24, 1951. They shared their lives for 57 years, and together raised five children. After relocating to Rhinelander, Dolores worked for many years at St. Mary's Hospital where she made lifelong friends. Dolores retired in 1993.

Her interests were many including cooking and baking-especially during the holidays.

Dolores loved music, and was a gifted singer. She was a lover of animals, including her many cherished pets. Dolores enjoyed crocheting, and after retirement she spent many hours creating afghans for each family member. She was a die-hard Chicago Cub fan who watched every game.

Dolores' love for her family was most important in her life, and evident in all she did. Her kindness and generosity knew no bounds. Dolores was deeply loved, and will be profoundly missed.

Dolores is survived by her son Rick Jr., her four daughters: Sharon (Dan) Jenkins, Debbie Nelson, Kathleen Gudleske, and Gina Reich; grandchildren: Eric (Tracy) Ehmann, Angela Ehmann, Melanie (Ian) Farb, Christine (Kyle) Kerver, Carly Reich, Richard Deaton, and Alex Reich; great-grandchildren: Nicholas, Lily & Harrison Farb, and Isabella Ehmann. She is further survived by sisters-in-law: Barbara Petner, Vivian Wawrzyniak, Marcia (Chris) Blaszczyk, and many beloved nieces and nephews. Dolores was preceded in death by her parents George and Christine, her husband Rick Sr., her brother Bill, brothers-in-law: Murphy, Allen, and Ronald, and son-in-law Bob Nelson.

The tide recedes, but leaves behind bright seashells on the sand;

The sun goes down,

But gentle warmth still lingers on the land;

The music stops,

And yet it echoes on

In sweet refrains...

For every joy that passes,

Something beautiful remains.

Graveside services for Dolores will be held on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020 at 10 a.m. at the Forest Home Cemetery.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020 from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Carlson Funeral Home. Masks will be required and social distancing will be observed at the funeral home.

You may leave your private condolences for the Wawrzyniak family at

The Carlson Funeral Home (715-369-1414) is serving the Wawrzyniak family.

It's been 180 days since we lost our darling Mother. No amount of time passed can alleviate our pain, but it is time to lay this lovely soul to rest.

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