Ann Stacia Galarowicz entered eternal life on April 6, 2017, at the age of 102. Her spirit is carried on by her five children, nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
At age 86, she relocated and acclimated to Madison. Always a life-long learner, she enrolled in a computer class at the technical college, participated in several book clubs and exercise classes, and became active in Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church. She lived independently in her own home until 101.
Her 35-year teaching career included several one-room schools in Milwaukee and Langlade Counties, followed by 16 years as a teaching principal at Pleasant View School. She retired in 1977. As a tribute to her innovative teaching style, she was remembered by numerous former students who sent her cards for her 100th birthday. Even after 40, 50 or 60 years they recalled her many mnemonics. (For example: “What is D sunshine vitamin?”)
A graduate of Antigo High School and Langlade County Normal School, she received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. As a parishioner of St. Hyacinth Catholic Church, she participated in the Rosary Society and church choir. She was a life member of the Langlade County Historical Society and a life member of the National, Wisconsin and Langlade County Retired Teachers Associations.
Mrs. Galarowicz was born on February 10, 1915 in Antigo, a daughter of the late Joseph and Anna (Kaczmarczyk) Drozdik. She married John Galarowicz on March 24, 1948 in Milwaukee. He preceded her in death on June 10, 1988. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by five sisters (Ella, Helen, Rose, Genevieve and Catherine), and a brother Frank.
Survivors include three daughters, Judith Galar, Carol Quick, and Linda (Charles) Gorchels; two sons, Arlan (Lynnann) Galarowicz, and Gene (Babette) Galarowicz; and her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
A funeral Mass will be held on Monday, April 10 at 10:00 a.m. at SS Mary & Hyacinth Catholic Church with Revered David Schmidt officiating. Burial will take place in Queen of Peace Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday at the Bradley Funeral Home from 8:30 – 9:30 a.m..
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Our Lady Queen of Peace School Endowment Fund, at her home church in Madison (Our Lady Queen of Peace, 401 S Owen Drive, Madison, WI 53711).