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Mary “Sis” Szela, 95, Sobieski, passed away Tuesday, August 23, 2022, at St. Mary Hospital, Green Bay. The daughter of John and Sophie (Pawlak) Muraski was born in Flintville on August 16, 1927.

On June 1, 1946 she was united in marriage to Joseph Szela at St. John Cantius Church, Sobieski. Most of her working life Mary was a sales associate for Kresge’s. In retirement she found great joy in assisting children with reading at Sunnyside School, where she volunteered for 15 years. Mary enjoyed gardening, mostly for the delight of sharing with neighbors and friends. At Christmas she was known to bake and decorate 60 dozen cookies, sending each college age grandchild back to school with a full bucket of cookies. If you were fortunate, you shared her chicken dinners, her strawberry jam or her pecan tarts. There wasn’t a better grandmother, whether you were related by blood or just by love. Mary was a lifelong member of St. Maximilian Church in Sobieski. Joy in life came from charity; there was always something to give.

Mary is survived by four children:  Gene Szela (Kim McCorison), Kathy (Ron) Jaworski, Pam (Doug) Milewski, and David (Kim) Szela; her grandchildren: Keith Szela, Jamie (Jennifer Anderson) Szela, Andrea Szela (Chris Woodke), William (Jennifer) Jaworski, Jessica (Sheldon) Oppermann, Mike (Katy) Milewski, Tim Milewski, Kelly (Brian) Schlitt, Lisa Szela (fiancé, Joe Steuck), and Laura (Adam) Abegglen; her great-grandchildren: Alex, Matthew, Tyler, Nicholas, Kayla, Maddie, Cora, Blake and Laiken Mary. She is further survived by two sisters: Carol Wakeman and Evelyn Engbretson; a brother, Donald Muraski; and many nieces, nephews, and other family.

In addition to her husband, Joseph and parents, John and Sophie, she was preceded in death by an infant son, Joseph; a grandson, Dean Szela; six sisters: Dorothy (Chet) Davis, Eleanor (Ed) Truskowski, Josephine (Vincent) Diederich, Lillian (Mike) Szela, Jane (Clyde) LyBarger, and Elizabeth (Knowlton) VanErem; three brothers: Leo (Bea) Muraski, Edwin Muraski, and Robert (Alma) Muraski; her brothers in law and sisters in law: John Shella, Mary Barys, Frank Szela, Mike Szela, Elizabeth Dziergas, and Chesterine Radon.

Friends are invited to gather with family at St. Maximilian Kolbe Church, 6051 Noble St., Sobieski, on Saturday, September 3, from 9-11 a.m. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. with Fr. Francis Nusi presiding and Fr. Tony De Los Santos concelebrating. Giving to others was always so important to Mary; she has decided to donate her body to medical science, therefore, burial will be at a later time in St. John Cantius Cemetery, Sobieski.

The family respectfully asks that no flowers be sent.

Mary’s family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the entire staff at St. Mary’s Hospital for the compassionate care given to her.