THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Anne Bereza, 93, passed away at home Monday, March 17.
Born Feb. 17, 1921, in Wausaukee, to George and Mary Jamros, she grew up on a small farm along with her parents and brother Ed. She graduated from Wausaukee High School, attended Marinette County Teachers College and taught all grades in a one room country schoolhouse. On Nov. 24, 1945, she married John Bereza after he returned from World War II Army Engineer Corps. In 1953 they moved to South Elgin, Ill., where they raised four children and cared for their ailing parents.
Active in 4-H, Home Extension and church craft groups, she was a talented and creative gardener, seamstress, needlecrafter and cook and enjoyed nature, travel, history and current news.
She is survived by her daughters, Jeanne, Marianne Bereza and Deanne (Paul) Kampikas; a son, John Paul (Ellen) Bereza; nieces and nephews, Michael (Colleen) Bereza, Pat (Bob) Bastian, Jim (Patty) Bereza, Barbara Bereza, and retired United States Air Force Col. William (Lee) Bereza.
A Funeral Mass was held at St. Patrick Church in St. Charles, Ill. Burial will be in the Jamros family plot at Evergreen Cemetery, Wausaukee next to her parents, brother Ed and husband John, who died in 2006. Visitation will be from 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 13 at St. Augustine Catholic Church, Wausaukee, followed by a graveside service at 11:30 am. Memorial donations may be made to St. Augustine's Church, 507 Church St., Wausaukee or to American Legion Post 150, Wausaukee.