Mercille Bagniewski, age 95 of rural Waumandee, died on Friday, August 30, 2019 at Brookdale Assisted Living in La Crosse, where she lived the last three months.
Mercille was born on September 9, 1923 in rural Waumandee to Joseph and Agnes (Cizsak) Deck. On June 22, 1944, Mercille was united in marriage to Raymond Bagniewski at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Waumandee. They were married for 63 years. Raymond preceded Mercille in death on June 19, 2007.
Mercille began her adult life a farmer’s wife in Fountain City before they purchased a farm in Waumandee, where she assisted with the farm work. Mercille, at the age of 84, had a heart valve replacement surgery, and because of a reaction to the drug heparin, she developed blood clots which caused her to walk with pain in her legs. Mercille was a faithful and active member of St. Boniface Catholic Church the altar Society and the Catholic Order of Foresters her entire life. She was an excellent quilter, crochet and could sew anything that needed to be done. She canned produce from her large garden. Her meals, whether for relatives at special holiday’s or daily meals were thoroughly enjoyed by all. As a wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, she was loved by all. In her later years, she prayed the rosary daily along with following mass every day of the week on the local Catholic T.V. network.
Mercille will be sadly missed by her seven children, Sr. Janet Marie of Meriden, CT, Raymond “Buzz” Jr. of Waumandee, Jim (Carolyn) of La Crosse, Ruth Carroll of Rogers, MN., Tom (Jodie) of Waumandee, Therese (Larry) Ballweg of Onalaska and John (Patty) of Holmen; 14 grandchildren, Abe and Erin Bagniewski, Anna Halfmann, Ned Bagniewski, Nancy Judy, Tim Carroll, Nicole Fischer, Kelly Christiansen, Ben and Becca Bagniewski, Jessica Ballweg, Heidi Franzini, Jenna Sampson and Jared Bagniewski; 24 great-grandchildren; two sisters in law, Colleen Deck of Onalaska and Marcella Deck of Galesville.
Mercille was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond, parents, four brothers, Lonnie, LaVern, Morris and Claude and a sister, Bernice.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, September 7, 2019 at 11:00 AM at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Waumandee with Frs. Prince Raja and John Abts as Celebrants. Burial will follow at the Parish Cemetery. A visitation will be held on Friday, September 6, 2019 from 4:00 PM until 8:00 PM and again on Saturday from 10:00 AM until the hour of the Mass.
In lieu of flowers, dontributions can be made to either of the following, St. Boniface Catholic Church in Waumandee or the Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist, 405 Allen Ave., Meriden, CT 06451.
Mercille’s family would like to thank Sandy Ruben, Mary Symitczek and Sue Schaffner as well as the staff of Brookdale Assisted Living for their special care they gave to her.