Wanda J. Buczek
Wanda J. Buczek, 98, of Medaryville, passed away at 3:30 p.m. Friday, May 24, at Oak Grove Retirement Village in DeMotte.
Wanda was born on Feb. 21, 1921, in Portland, Oregon, to the late John and Selma (Chorubski) Jeleniewski. She grew up on a small farm on Mt. Talbert in Clackamas, Oregon. Wanda graduated from Clackamas High School and earned an associate degree in teaching from Marylhurst College. She was a teacher and principal at a two-room school house in Lone Rock, Oregon, where the students would ride their horses to school.
In the early part of World War II, Wanda received special training and volunteered as an enemy airplane spotter over the Pacific Ocean. She was also in the USO where she worked as a nurse’s aide, amongst other important activities and duties. Wanda met the late Walter John Buczek while he was stationed at Ft. Lewis, Washington. He was the best man and Wanda was the maid of honor in her brother’s wedding. They first met on the steps of the cathedral as they entered the church. They were married six weeks later on Nov. 25, 1944, in Portland, just before he was deployed to Okinawa.
Wanda and Walter moved to Lowell in 1946 to begin their life in farming and animal husbandry. In 1953, Henry Bush informed him of land available in Medaryville. In December 1953, Walter and Wanda bought “The Old Horse Ranch” with 360 acres, of which only 60 acres were cleared. They cleared an additional 200 acres to build their farm and raise their family.
After settling into the new home place and with children at home, Wanda was asked to help fill a teaching shortage in Pulaski County. While teaching, she earned a bachelor’s degree in teaching from St. Joseph College in Rensselaer. She was a grade school teacher at Star City, Medaryville and West Central schools. In retirement, she was active with the Indiana & Pulaski County Retired Teachers Association.
Wanda was a lifetime and very active member of St. Henry Catholic Church in Medaryville (which sadly closed in 2017) at which time she joined St. Francis Solano Catholic Church in Francesville. She enjoyed singing in the St. Henry church choir and with the Pulaski County Extension Chords. Wanda was a member of the National Council of Catholic Women, Polish National Alliance and Medaryville Lions Club. She enjoyed visiting and playing cards with her friends at the West Side Senior Center. Wanda was an avid supporter of West Central Trojans sports and music, having been recognized as a Trojan “Super Fan.” She enjoyed bake sales and bingo.
Wanda was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who will be dearly missed.
She is survived by her daughters: Patricia J. Osbourn of New Hope, Pennsylvania, and Nancy D. [Wesley] Jones of Floyds Knobs; sons: David W. [Jean] Buczek of Rensselaer, James A. [Sheila] Buczek of Medaryville, and John R. Buczek of Medaryville; granddaughters: Amy [Mark] Perniciaro Golding, Nicole Rogue, Regina [Patrick] Sheets, Jobina [Brandon] Roberts and Erica [Jeff] Mandsager; grandsons: Marc [Angela] Jones, Adam Buczek and Derek Buczek; 16 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
She was also preceded in the death by her brothers: Melvin Jeleniewski and Casmir Jeleniewski; and Jerry Jeleniewski.
Visitation was from 5-9 p.m. Wednesday, May 29, at Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel in Medaryville. A scriptural wake service was held at 4 p.m. and the rosary was recited at 9 p.m. A funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 30, at St. Francis Solano Catholic Church in Francesville, with Rev. Leroy Kinnaman officiating. Burial will take place at White Post Cemetery in Medaryville.
Memorial contributions may be made to the West Central Scholarship Fund.
Online condolences may be offered in the guestbook at www.frainmortuary.com.
(Pulaski County Journal — May 29, 2019)