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Kazynski, Annabel (Irish) -- 1931 - 2009

STOLL, IRISH, KAZYNSKI, KOENIG, THOMPSON, WILLE

Posted By: Mary Durr (email)
Date: 11/14/2009 at 13:01:18

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Annabel I. Kazynski, 77, of Ossian went home to her Lord and Savior on Oct. 11, 2009, at Gundersen Lutheran Hospital in LaCrosse, Wisc., following complications from a stroke.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20, at St. Francis DeSales Catholic Church, Ossian. Celebrating the Mass were Msgr. Cletus J. Hawes, the Rev. Don Hertges, and the Rev. Dale Rausch.

Altar servers were great-grandchildren Jordan and Jenna Eberhart. Presenting the Offertory gifts were grandchildren Megan, Tyler, Blake, Branden, and great-grandchildren Lauren and Grace.

Lectors were Mike Kazynski, Kathleen Koenig and Laurie Thompson. Organist Diane Stee and vocalists Lindsay, Samantha and Alex Wille, Annabel's grandchildren, provided the music.

In honorary attendance was Catholic Daughters of the Americas Court No. 983.

Interment was in St. Francis DeSales Cemetery, Ossian. Casket bearers were Mike Kazynski, David Kazynski, Gary Kazynski, Greg Kazynski, Joe Kazynski, and Tim Kazynski.

Conway Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Annabel (Irish) Kazynski was born Oct. 31, 1931, in Potosi, Wis. She was the daughter of Patrick and Emma (Stoll) Irish. She grew up in the Lancaster, Wisc., area with her three brothers and two sisters.

On June 14, 1950, Annabel married John Kazynski. In 1962 they moved to Ossian, where they made their home and Annabel began her life's most important work of raising their family of nine children.

John died Jan. 15, 1988, after 38 years of marriage.

After successfully raising her family, Annabel began her second career, first working in the St. Francis DeSales grade school cafeteria, and then moving to Decorah after she accepted a position in the food service department at Luther College. She happily "adopted" many of the Luther students and loved them as her own. She retired from Luther on Sept. 1, 2008, after 22 years of service.

Those who knew her best remember...

"God gave us the gift of an earthly Angel in the life of our mother, Annabel. Words cannot adequately express the blessing she has been to all of us...she beamed with joy whenever she was around and showed us how to truly love one another. And now, whenever we reach out and touch someone else in life, it will be primarily because of her influence and example.

"Annabel never had an ill wish or a bad word for anyone. She welcomed everyone into her life and home. In the hardest times she knew what to say and provided her family and friends with the blessing of her unconditional love and support. She thought about everyone else's needs first. She was the anchor that held us all together.

"Mom's laugh was contagious. Who else laughs with their entire body - eyes, mouth, shoulders and belly? We should all have the joy of life like she did. For her, it was easy to laugh and smile, easy to show love and kindness to anyone, easy to be God's witness of faithfulness and unwavering love for her Lord.

"She was the ultimate caretaker - cooking, serving, worrying and praying for those she loved or even those she had just met. Grandchildren were the special recipients of her unconditional love. She especially enjoyed cooking their favorite foods (chicken noodle soup and homemade biscuits!), sharing stories, playing cards, watching movies and, of course, giving them her undivided attention as they told of the happenings in their lives.

"She has completed a wonderful journey, and now God has called her home. May the Lord bless and keep you, Annabel Irish Kazynski, for you are with the Angels in Heaven, smiling down on all of us, always in our hearts. Well done, good and faithful servant."

Annabel is survived by her sons Mike (Cris) Kazynski of Evansdale, David (Diane) Kazynski of Dike, Gary (Mona) Kazynski of Clintonville, Wis., Greg (Judi) Kazynski of Prairie du Chien, Wis., Joe (Shanen) Kazynski of Holmen, Wis., and Tim (Jan) Kazynski of Shakopee, Minn.; daughters Kathy (Bob) Koenig of Cedar Rapids, Laurie (Les) Thompson of West Union, and Mary (Dale) Wille of Metamora. Ill.; 22 grandchildren, JJ, Shannon, Jeremy, Annie, Ashley, Keri, Kristin, Candace, Dylan, Tyler, Branden, Jacob, Megan, Blake, Nicole, Melanie, Ryan, Lisa, Samantha, Brianne, Lindsay and Alex; 15 great-grandchildren, Bradley, Aaron, Bryndly, Owen, Bryson, Kellen, Natalie, John, Grace, Sam, Elizabeth, Ava, Jordan, Jenna and Lauren; and a brother, Ken Irish.         

The Fayette County Union newspaper, October 28, 2009. Contributor is not related and has no further information.

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