Amanda A. Gliniecki, 89, died peacefully with her daughters at her side at 12:03 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016. at Wells Nature View, Marshfield, WI. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Stratford, with Reverend Sengole Vethanayagam officiating. Music will be provided by St. Joseph’s Resurrection Choir, Debbie Gliniecki, Director and Jan Schmidt Organist. Visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. until the time of service at St. Joseph’s with the PCCW Rosary service at 11 a.m. Burial will take place at St. Adalbert’s Cemetery in the Town of McMillan. Pallbearers will be grandsons with granddaughters acting as honorary pallbearers.
Amanda was born on Sept. 3, 1927 in the Town of Sherwood, Clark County to Stephen and Katherine (Mazar) Rosandich. She was the youngest girl in a family of 8 sons and 5 daughters. Her elementary education was in a one room school house in the Town of Sherwood. Amanda graduated from Granton High School in 1946 and was then employed at Weinbrenner Shoe Factory in Marshfield until the time of her marriage.
She married Rueben P. Gliniecki on Nov. 19, 1949 at Corpus Christi Catholic Church, Bakerville, WI. He died on Oct. 19, 1995. They had been married 45 years. After her marriage, she briefly employed as a housekeeper. She and Rueben farmed in the Town of Eau Pleine until his retirement. They continued ‘hobby’ farming until 1995. She was a devoted farmwife, mother and grandmother. Amanda was a member of the Christian Mothers and later the Parish Council of Christian Women.
Amanda’s greatest joys were found in her family and in her faith. She expressed her love for family through baking and cooking, flavoring dishes with prayers. Her children and grandchildren know that the aroma of freshly baked bread, cinnamon rolls, or chocolate chip cookies is the smell of love. Family gatherings meant perfectly fried chicken, ‘special recipe’ potato salad along with an abundance of other dishes. She loved babies and could calm any child in her arms and as those babies grew up, she continued to calm their fears and worries by praying for them. How many have asked ‘Grandma can you pray me?’ and know that a rosary or two would find their way to heaven. The depression years and lean years on the farm had taught her to be frugal. Amanda was a ‘saver’. Buttons, ribbons, raveled yarns were carefully sorted and kept in whatever metal or plastic tins were available. If something was needed, she had it!
Amanda’s greatest challenge was her health. In her younger years, she struggled with asthma, later with cancer, and finally with multiple health issues. Through all the painful struggles, she trusted in the Lord to make sense of the pain. She taught her children and grandchildren not to give up, to endure, and to be thankful.
Amanda is survived by her sons David (Marge) Gliniecki, Stevens Point, WI; Phillip (Lynn) Gliniecki, Hatley, WI; and Matthew (Patti) Gliniecki, West Des Moines, IA; her daughters, Madaline (Gerald)Hilgart, Auburndale, WI; Joan (Jeffery)Marmer, Menasha, WI a son-in-law, David Drewiske, Hudson, WI. Her legacy lives on in her grandchildren, Gabriel (Kate) Gliniecki, Caitlin Gliniecki, Amanda (Brian) Elliott, Andrew Hilgart, Davis (Megan) Drewiske, Jacob, Madaline, and Katherine Drewiske, Felicia (Travis) Krueger, Lance Gliniecki, Steven, Jennifer, and Aaron Marmer, John and Peter Gliniecki and two great grandsons, Carsten Krueger and Owen Elliott. Amanda is further survived by a sister, Helen Schultz, a brother, Louis (Libby) Rosandick, sisters-in-law Eileen Rosandick, Marcella Gliniecki and a brother-in-law, Bernard Dick.
She was predeceased by her parents, her husband, daughters, Donna Mae Gliniecki, Aug. 7, 1963 and Karen Rose Drewiske, Feb. 19, 2014, brothers, Joseph, Michael, John, Steven, Thomas, Paul, and Nicholas Rosandich and sisters Rose Bymers, Mary Barten, and Ann Bartel.