UPDATED SERVICE INFORMATION:
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.