Marie “Mary” Jaruzel

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Marie “Mary” Jaruzel, age 83, of Gaylord passed away at Munson Healthcare Otsego Munson Hospital on June 9, 2019.
Mary was born to Joseph and Margaret (Stryzinski) Lewandowski on March 27, 1936, and lived in Gaylord her entire life.
In October 1953, she married Robert Jones, Sr. At age 25, Mary became a young widow and single mom.
Mary was blessed to find love again and on May 7, 1966, she married Paul Jaruzel.
Mary worked at El Rancho Stevens as a baker and quickly became famous for her pecan rolls and many homemade desserts. She also worked as a housekeeper for many hotels in the local area. Mary loved to celebrate her love of music while dancing to the Polka Kings and never grew tired on the dance floor. She was very proud of her Polish heritage and Catholic faith. She had a routine every Sunday that included Mass on TV and a day filled with Polka music. Even though she could no longer dance, her toes always tapped to the beat. The beauty of Northern Michigan brought Mary much pleasure while she and Paul took leisurely drives throughout the county looking for deer and her beloved wild blueberries. She brought joy to any room with her laughter and smile and thrived on company and a good party! Her family was her pride and joy.
Mary is survived by her 4 children, Roberta (Ed) Tholl, Robert (Sue) Jones, Tim (Annette) Jones and Karen Jaruzel (Tonya Caverly); grandchildren, William, Matthew, Christopher and Danielle Tholl, Caleb Jones, Nicole, Steven (Tiffiney), Andrew and Samantha (Caleb) Joyce and Jessica Landry; sisters, Sophie and Jane, and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husbands, Robert and Paul, son Jeff Jones, grandchildren, Hanna Jones and Joshua Jones; brothers, Benard “Bernard”, John, Edmund, and Casimer and sisters, Clara, Teresa, Regina, Nancy, Rita, and Irene.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, June 15, 2019, at St. Mary Cathedral at 11:00 a.m.
Visitation will take place at the church on Saturday, June 15, 2019, beginning at 10:00 a.m. until the time of Mass.
Memorial contributions in Mary’s honor may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association through the Nelson Funeral Home, P.O. Box 1548, Gaylord, MI 49734.

8 comments on “Marie “Mary” Jaruzel”

  1. Laura (Cherwinski) Berry

    I will remember Aunt Mary always; smiling, laughing and joking. She always showed her love. I will never lose the feeling of her hugs and holding
    her hand. She made me feel special and loved. It was always great to talk about memories of good times with her. I walked away from a visit with her feeling happier and uplifted. I thank God for the blessing of putting her in my life. She raised a wonderful family, and I love them very much.. She will be missed so very much, but will be forever remembered.

  2. How would I describe my Aunt Mary? She was fun, playful, heartfelt, spontaneous, full of joy & lots of spunk!! When you hear the word “feisty”, you think of Aunt Mary. : ) She wore her heart on her sleeve & she was quick-witted! She never held back if you asked how she felt about something. She’d let you know exactly where she stood! I loved that about her!! Aunt Mary was always willing to help you brush up on speaking the Polish language. If you said it wrong, she’d correct you! Lol! And she LOVED music & man, she loved to dance!! I think it’s because she always kept a song in her heart. ❤️ The biggest compliment I can give in describing my Aunt Mary is that she was the next best thing to having my Mother, who passed away in 1992. She & my Mom, Regina (Reggie) were very close & spent lots of time together. They were alike in many of the ways I just shared. I love you Aunt Mary! We are all going to miss you, but I know you & Mom are dancing while Uncle John plays his accordion in Glory! Someday we’ll all dance together again!!

  3. Kathy (Koblinski) Heintz

    I have wonderful memories of Aunt Mary from my childhood. I remember berry picking, spending time at her house with cousins, and it was always followed up by great food! Her smile and the love she freely shared will be missed but not forgotten. Know that she is still with us all in heart, memory, and family. Our thoughts and prayers to the entire family for your loss.

  4. So sorry for your loss, so grateful; what a Blessing for having come to know her even for a short time. Mary Ann was truly a beautiful woman, fun, witty and surely had a great love for the Lord and for her dear family. She will be missed. Carol Jones, St. Mary Apostles of Mercy

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