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Clara (Wojtkowiak) Janik of Gaylord, MI, age 99, passed away on Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at home surrounded by her family.

Clara was born to Anthony and Apolonia Wojtkowiak on June 18, 1918 in Gaylord, MI in a tiny log house that still remains on McCoy Rd. and was the youngest of 9 children. Living a simple life as a wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, she touched many lives as a sweet and loving person who had a deep devotion and love for the Lord Jesus and the Blessed Mother. Her prayers were very powerful and she remembered countless people living and deceased. The list was long and not written on paper but rather in her heart. After being a kidney cancer survivor at the age of 49, she promised Our Lord and Blessed Mother she would say a rosary every day of her remaining life. She kept her promise and added more rosaries, litanies, novenas and prayers daily. We thank God for our prayer warrior and are grateful for the much needed prayers for family, friends, country and world. In addition, she prayed for an end to abortion, for conversion back to faith and family and for priests, who were at the top of her list. What a wonderful and saintly person. Clara was a faithful member of St. Mary’s Cathedral parish her entire life. We believe Clara is in heaven with our Lord Jesus and will continue praying and interceding for us. We love you and will miss you dearly but being home with Jesus, our Blessed Mother, Daddy and the rest of your family and friends is now your eternal reward.

Clara Married Theodore F. Janik on May 9, 1942 who preceded her in death on February 13, 1976. She is also preceded in death by her parents and eight siblings. Clara is survived by her daughters: Carolyn (John) Kosiara of Lapeer and Rosalie (Joseph) Makarewicz of Gaylord, 6 Grandchildren: Yvonne (Gerald) Prill of Bad Axe, Kevin (Tina) Makarewicz of Gaylord, Mark Kosiara of Houston, TX, Renee (Shannon) Olstrom of Harrison, Terry (Jody) Kosiara of Davison and Brian. Also survived are 8 Great Grandchildren: Mackenzie Prill, Matthew Makarewicz, Tadziu Kosiara, Natalie Olstrom, Lauren Prill, Andrew Makarewicz, Edziu Kosiara and Sydney Prill.

Visitation will be held on Friday, July 14, from 3PM to 8PM at Nelson Funeral Home with a rosary service beginning at 6:30PM.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Mary Cathedral on Saturday, July 15 at 10AM, with visitation beginning at 9AM.

Donations in Clara’s memory may be made to St. Mary Cemetery Endowment Fund.

Arrangements were entrusted to Nelson Funeral Home, P.O. Box 1548, Gaylord, MI 49734.

Visitation To Be Held At: Nelson Funeral Home & Cremation Service
Service To Be Held At: St Mary Cathedral
Burial To Be Held At: Resurrection Cemetery

Condolence Messages

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From: Cynthia Wilson

Clara was and is a beautiful lady, and now she rests in God's arms. My prayers and thoughts are with her loving and very caring family. One day we will all meet again.

From: Fred Abeel

Rosalie, Joe, and family, We are very sorry to hear of your great loss. We will keep you and your family in our prayers!

From: Dale and Pam Nadeau

Dear Aunt Clara's Family, We are so sorry for your loss, Aunt Clara will be missed. She was such a great womam. We feel so fortunate to have her in our lives for so long. We are blessed to have the wonderful memories of her. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Much love to you.

From: Pat Warner
Nashville, , MI

To the families of Carolyn and truly had a blessed mother. Years ago, I considered her my second mom. You all had a grandmother and great grandmother and may peace fill your hearts to know she is in a better place , now with Jesus.

gaylord, mich

Our deepest condolences to your family for your passing of your mother. You are in our prayers at this difficult time. Dick, Becky

From: Lorie Dolan-Monusko
Cheboygan, Michigan

Aunt Clara will always hold a special place in my heart. What a beautiful and loving soul. Thoughts, prayers and much love to her entire family. May your cherished memories and the knowledge that she is in a better place bring you peace and comfort.

From: Mary Ellen and Bill Tholl
Gaylord, Michigan

Dear Rosalie. and Carolyn What a privilege we had in knowing this beautiful lady for over sixty years So happy I was able to hold her hand at rehab Our prayers and thoughts are with you at this time Bill and Mary Ellen Tholl.

From: Annette Dolan

Clara will be missed by everyone who knew her. Such a wonderful lady. My prayers to all her family.

From: Bill Rolinski

I will always remember Clara's smile and the special relationship she had not only with her family but her friends as well. I will miss that honesty and sincerity. You were a great lady and we can all learn by her example. Best to the family.