Anna T. Cherwinski

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A Memorial Mass will be held on Saturday, June 4, 2022, at 11:00 a.m., from Holy Redeemer Church in Vanderbilt. The family will receive friends at Holy Redeemer Church in Vanderbilt on Saturday, June 4, 2022, beginning at 10:30 a.m. Immediately following the Memorial Mass, burial will take place at St. Mary Cemetery in Gaylord.

Anna T.Cherwinski, 95, of Gaylord, MI, passed away on March 1, 2022. Our good Lord Jesus opened His arms and said, “Come to Me, Anna, here is where you can lay your head to rest.”

She was born on June 30, 1926, to Andrew and Helen (Rossa) Nowak, at their farm on Nowak Road, in Gaylord MI. She attended St. Mary School in Gaylord, through the eighth grade, then transferred to St. Mary High School in Saginaw, through the 10th grade, while living with her sister Sophia Slivinski’s family. In 1944, she graduated from St Mary High School, in Gaylord MI.

Throughout her life, Anna worked at Hausbeck Pickle Company and Melbourne, both in Saginaw, and Standard Products, Mayfair Plastics, and the State Home in Gaylord.

There are many shared stories of roller-skating with her sister, Helen, on the streets of Saginaw after curfew, and dancing at the hall, in Vanderbilt.

After marrying Donald Cherwinski, on July 27, 1946, the couple was graced with twelve children, Judy (Ray) Kucharek, Larry (Jill) Cherwinski, Pat (Paige) Cherwinski, Brian (Maggie) Cherwinski, Jerry (Marie) Cherwinski, Bob (Jinkie) Cherwinski, Lois (Greg Pakulski) Lemm, Denise (Mark) Burkett, Dennis Cherwinski, Geriann (David) Ellison, Dawn (Danny) Ellison, and Melinda “Mindy” (Jeff) Puroll; 32 grandchildren, many great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Cherwinski; son, Pat Cherwinski; daughter, Denise (Mark) Burkett; granddaughter, Lea Madler; and great-grandson, Michael Wait.

“Tempus fugit” meaning “time flies”, a favorite phrase of Ann’s, will forever remind us to act now in the moment.

Anna was always in motion, either doing chores at home, or volunteering for the American Legion, St. Mary Altar Rosary Society, or the Daughters of Isabella. She was always willing to help, whether it be providing loads of baked goods for a bake sale, weeding a relative’s garden, or donating beef from the fall steer to the local rectory for priests and sisters to share. She found happiness in the moment; rocking a baby to sleep, riding her horse, Sheik, or talking on the phone with her sister, Sophia (speaking in Polish, so the kids would not understand).

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the St. Mary Schools Guardian Angel Fund online (In the comment section of the WeShare page, please specify Guardian Angel Fund) or to Gaylord Hospice of Michigan online (Please specify Gaylord as the Geographical Location of Need). Links for both donations options can be found below Anna’s picture.

“We love you Ma, Momma, Mum and Grandma,” your children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren.

43 comments on “Anna T. Cherwinski”

  1. Richard A. Townsend

    To all the Cherwinski family we are so sorry for your loss 💔 she was such a special lady. 😥

  2. To the Cherwinski family. Anna as well as your family will be in our prayers. Anna was a great lady. Who was always willing to share her thoughts with me. She will be missed.

  3. So very sorry for your loss!! My thoughts and prayers to the Cherwinski family.
    With love
    Ann Corbiser

  4. Betty Sullivan

    To the Cherwinski family so sorry for your families loss. So glad we were able to meet her at Michael and Megan’s wedding. From the Sullivan Family Mike, Betty. Sarah David Youker , and Daniel Emily Norris. Papa Pat and Grandma Bonnie Sullivan.

  5. Rosalie Slivinski Running

    Aunt Anna was a favorite sister of my mother’s and a favorite aunt to me. I loved her hardy laugh and kind ways. My thoughts and sympathy are with all those who loved her.

  6. I had the pleasure to meet Anna while she was a member of the American Legion Aux. 122, Wolverine,MI Few years ago Anna won an afghan and our President and I delivered it to her. What a beautiful lady. Rest In Peace. You are in God’s hands. Deepest Sympathy to the entire family.

  7. Mike and Connie Zaborowski

    To all the Cherwinski family;
    Sending our prayers and condolences to all of you as you mourn the loss of your mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend.
    Mike and Connie Zaborowski

  8. Dear Cherwinski family, my thoughts and prayers go out to you in the loss of your dear Mom. May she rest in peace.

  9. My prayers are with her and all her love ones. I had an honor to call her “Grandma Cherwinski” my first two years in America. A very loving and caring person. May she Rest In Please. I wish I could be at her visitation today. With love and respect.!! Son Dinh Nguyen

  10. Marlene warren

    To all my cousins and their families…. We were sorry to hear about Auntie Ann. My Dad use to tell me stories about her when she was little. I saw her at Ruth’s once. She is the last of a wonderful generation of awesome people that we all loved so much. She will be missed. Love you all, Marlene (Nowak) Warren and family. Sorry I won’t make visitation. See you all at the funeral.

  11. To All of Aunt Anna’s family, I apologize that I was not able to attend visitation or funeral. She was an incredible lady who never let any grass grow under her feet! I have many cherished memories of Sunday visits to her house, always amazed and the number of cousins I had, as well as loved to see her menagerie of farm animals.
    I think she and Uncle Don were the inspiration to have my own small farm in Elmira.
    She would let us gather eggs, help with the cows, and later we bought milk and eggs from her for nutritious meals for my own children. My Dad (Al) always said she was his favorite sister. It’s no wonder.
    Eternal Rest Grant Unto Her O Lord, and Let Perpetual Light Shine Upon Her.
    Cousin Linda (Nowak) Bentz

  12. Dear Bob, and all the Cherwinski family, Sorry for your loss.
    May your memories give you comfort and peace.
    Jackie Wcisel

  13. Julie Cottrell

    Dawn and Danny,
    Growing up together and our parents working together made for fun times and really good parties. Bless your mom, now our parents are with each other in heaven probably telling each other jokes. So sorry for your and your family’s loss, sorry it took me time to see the obituary. Not connected with anyone in Gaylord, my family all left the area.
    Julie and Rick Cottrell

  14. Karen Zaremba DeNike

    Lois, so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

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