MENDOTA - Mary Catherine Wujek, 90, of rural Mendota, passed away July 17, 2020 at her home surrounded by her family.
The wake and Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, July 22 on the grounds of Sts. Peter & Paul. A public drive-thru visitation will be held from 9 to 11 a.m., followed by a funeral Mass in the church cemetery with Rev. Jacob Rose, grandson, officiating. The funeral Mass will be live streamed at https://www.facebook.com/GBBCatholic. Pallbearers will be her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Merritt Funeral Home, Mendota is handling arrangements.
Mary Catherine was born March 7, 1930 at home in Peterstown, the ninth of 11 children born to Joseph and Catherine (Sondgeroth) Stremlau. She married Francis Wujek on Aug. 26, 1950, at Sts. Peter & Paul Church, Peterstown and lived her entire life in view of the steeple of that Catholic church.
Frank and Mary Catherine raised 10 children, the late Rick (Dar), Andy (Mary Sue), the late Leo, Mark (Debby), Mary Jo (Jim) Myers, Rose (Gary) Rose, Dan (Katie), Anita (Frank) Kobilsek, Paul (Mary Beth), and Tom (Carrie). She loved her 30 grandchildren and 42 great-grandchildren, with number 43 on the way.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank in 2014 and two sons, Leo and Rick.
Mary Catherine led a very active and productive life. As a family, they farmed until founding Mendota Welding & Manufacturing. She dedicated her life to service of the church and others. She was active in the Altar & Rosary Society, Teens Encounter Christ Program and the WATCH Program, which led her to a small prayer group for over 20 years. She was involved with the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women where she served as president from 1988-1990 under Bishop Myers, was the chairman of the Family Life Committee, Prison Ministry at Dwight Correctional Center and taught natural family planning. She was also the area facilitator of host families and hosted children from the inner-city through the Friendly Town Program. She was the proud recipient of the 1997 Service to the Diocese of Peoria Pere Marquette Award.
Memorials may be directed to Holy Cross School, Mendota.