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Mary Ann Jozwiak
April 21, 1932 ~ August 7, 2023 (age 91) 91 Years Old
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Mary Ann, our Mother, has gone home and is in the arms of Our Lord. We are comforted knowing she passed peacefully in her sleep. Mom had 91 years filled with happiness and joy.
The oldest daughter of George and Marie Schlosser, Mary Ann graduated from La Salle-Peru High School. And, shortly thereafter married Stanley Jozwiak in 1952. She raised six children in various cities throughout Illinois. Our Dad, employed by Illinois Bell, held various positions which took them from Wood River to Springfield to Rockford, and finally to Woodstock. Woodstock was their permanent home for 60 years. Mom and Dad were happily married for 68 years. Mom was a homemaker at-heart and stayed home to take care of us kids. Grandma advised Mom to work, and she started working various retail jobs and as a packer at Claussen Pickle Company. She retired from Claussen after 25 years of dedicated service.
Prior to and after her retirement, Mom had many talents and hobbies. An excellent mother, she made her children and grandchildren her priority. Growing up, we always ate homemade meals. She was an excellent seamstress and frequently made her daughters' dresses for special occasions. In her free time, she crouchetted beautiful afghans and sewed wonderful quilts. She was heavily influenced by her mother. Mom enjoyed traveling. She enjoyed traveling with my Dad to his China Marine reunions. She had many wonderful trips taken with her mother, Marie, her sister, Charlene, her aunts, Seva and Anna, her son, John and her daughters, Janet and Julie. Mom traveled the USA. She enjoyed traveling to Hawaii with her mom, sister and aunt. And, Mom and Janet traveled to Alaska, the trip of a lifetime. Mom enjoyed the clean, cool air of Alaska, and couldn't get enough of it. Summers were spent at Grandma and Grandpa Schlosser's cabin in Crystal Falls, MI. Mom was not athletic, but she did enjoy the outdoors. At the cabin, we enjoyed hiking, fishing and swimming in Lake Emily. When she wasn't traveling, she was shopping. She enjoyed collecting dolls. And, possessed a few which her sister, Charlene, had handmade.
Mom joins many relatives in Heaven. She was predeceased by her mother and father, Marie and George Schlosser, her sister, Charlene Norman, her brother, Jake Schlosser, her many aunts, uncles and cousins, her husband, Stan, her son, John, and her granddaughter, Amy. She is survived by her brother, Richard Schlosser, her daughters, Sue Sweet, Julie Jozwiak and Janet Jozwiak, her sons, Steve Jozwiak and Bob Jozwiak, and many grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Thanks to Gentiva Hospice for their care and dedication at such a difficult time. Many thanks to daughter, Janet, Mom's and Dad's primary caregiver for the past 15 years. Mom is dearly missed, and has joined Dad, John and Amy in Glory. All are missed but will never be forgotten.
We will celebrate Mom's life at St. Mary Catholic Church, 312 Lincoln Avenue, Woodstock on Wednesday, August 16, 2023, with a gathering from 9:30 am until the 10:30 am Funeral Mass. Interment will follow at the Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Woodstock.
Mom donated to many charities; American Cancer Society, Easter Seals, Wounded Warrior Project, St. Jude, among others. In lieu of flowers, you may donate to a chairity of your choice.
For information contact Schneider, Leucht, Merwin & Cooney Funeral Home at 815-338-1710 or visit www.slmcfh.com.