Posted: Mon 2:41 PM, Mar 11, 2013
Funeral Home: Helke
Sylvia (Wirt) Stachovak, Wausau, died quietly in her sleep on Monday, March
4, 2013. She was 98 years old. Sylvia was born the second of ten children
of William and Rosa Ellen (Brown) Wirt on October 25, 1914, in Dewey,
Illinois. She married Vincent Stachovak in 1937. Sylvia was a long-time
member of St. Mary’s Church and more recently had joined St. Michael’s
Parish. She was a member of Catholic Daughters and the Moose Club. Her
many interests included reading, sewing, bowling, fishing, gardening, and
writing poetry. She had a special love for children, especially her
Survivors include her children, Bernice Thering, Barbara (Ken) Spencer, Lois
Kuether, James (Ann) Stachoviak, Glen Stachovak (special friend Lois
Carlson), and David (Carolyn) Stachovak; one brother, Carroll Wirt;
brothers-in-law Cliff Pittsley and Clarence (Midge) Lenzen; and
sister-in-law, Phyllis Wirt.
She is further survived by 20 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren, and 3
great-great-grandchildren. She will be missed by the members of her rosary
She was preceded in death by her husband, Vincent; grandchildren, Brigette
Stachoviak and Gary Thering; great-grandchildren, Michael and Daniel
Stachoviak; sons-in-law, Dick Kuether and Al Thering; brothers, Denzil,
Wayne, Earl, Royal, and Valmon Wirt; and sisters, Viola Pittsley, Adale
Heidemann, and Azalia Lenzen.
Sylvia resided for the last seven years with her son, Jim and
daughter-in-law, Annie. The family wishes to acknowledge and thank them for
their wonderful care and for enriching her last years.
Funeral services will be held at Helke Funeral Home, 302 Spruce St., Wausau,
at 11:00 am on Saturday, March 16. Visitation will be from 9:00 am until the
time of service. A Mass to celebrate her life will be at a later date. In
lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established.
You may sign the family guestbook at www.helke.com.