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Theresa “Tess” (nee Treboniak) Wrzesinski
Theresa “Tess” (nee Treboniak) Wrzesinski, 94, passed away on Friday, February 9, 2024, with her loving family by her side at her home in Avon Lake, OH. She was born to Anna and Joseph Treboniak on October 23, 1929, in Lorain, OH where she resided until 2014.
Tess attended Nativity School and was a graduate of Lorain High School, class of 1947. After graduation she met her husband, John “Johnnie” T. Wrzesinski, at the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad office where they both worked and went on to enjoy a forty - year marriage. They both attended St. Stanislaus Parish in Lorain where Tess was a devoted member volunteering throughout her life – from leading Brownie and Girl Scout troops, PTA, and Bingo, to the Altar and Rosary Society, and volunteering in the Parish office.
Tess loved entertaining, was known for her fantastic cooking, holiday dinners, cookouts, and organizing family reunions with the Treboniak clan. She loved decorating and keeping the new house she and her husband saved for and built and spent time raising her flowers at their Hamilton Avenue home, making friends with all her neighbors.
Tess and her husband were great dancers, and the dance floor was theirs at weddings, parties, and even during their trips to Las Vegas. In her free time, she sewed dresses for her daughters and loved to look her best. Her creativity could be found in the many cakes she decorated over the years, including wedding, birthday, and special occasion cakes. She loved baking and cooking for family and friends. Crossword puzzles were Tess’s passion, and she was an avid reader. She never missed reading the daily and Sunday Lorain Journal. Tess loved shopping with her daughters, and especially loved her two grandchildren, Vicky and Alex, taking an active part in their lives as they grew up.
Tess loved to travel with her husband, family, and friends both domestically and internationally. Her favorite trip was one she took to Poland with her nephews, their wives, her brother, and daughter, and she was finally able to see where her mother and father were born. Locally you would find her at Cleveland Indians games, museums, and The Cleveland Orchestra as well as her many favorite Cleveland-area restaurants. In her senior years Tess was a member of the Avon Lake Friends of the Library.
Tess loved the Lorain International Festival, her Polish ancestry, and was devoted to her husband, family, faith, and the Catholic Church.
While a homemaker at heart, Tess also had a long career as an Executive Secretary with General Motors in Cleveland and Elyria where she met many lifelong friends and helped administer the General Motors Institute, a training group for young college engineers. She did this while raising three daughters and enjoying life, friends, neighbors, and family.
She was a thoughtful, caring woman who loved her nieces and nephews especially her godchildren, Mary Ann Kretovics of Lorain, and Mary Lou DiLuciano of Elyria. Children of her friends called her “Aunt Tess.”
Theresa was preceded in death by her husband, John T. Wrzesinski; son-in-law, Martin Mowrey; parents, Anna and Joseph Treboniak; nephews, Donald Jesko and Lawrence Wyszynski; and nieces, Lois Treboniak and Carolyn (Endrizal) Carek. She was the youngest child and was the last surviving sibling, preceded in death by her brothers, Edward, Rudy, Anthony, Joseph, Aloysius “Ollie,” and Stanley “Butch”; and sisters, Helen Treboniak, Rose Wyszynski, and Sophie Jesko.
She is survived by daughters, Nancy Mowrey and Janice Wrzesinski of Avon Lake, and Connie Ippolito of Lakewood; grandchildren, Alex Ippolito of Lakewood, and Vicky Ippolito of Cleveland; and many nieces and nephews.
The family will receive family and friends at Reidy-Scanlan-Giovannazzo Funeral Home, 2150 Broadway, Lorain, OH 44052 on Wednesday, February 14, 2024, from 3:00 PM until the time of closing prayers at 7:00 PM. The Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, February 15, 2024 (meet at church) at 10:00 AM at St. Joseph Parish, 32929 Lake Road, Avon Lake, OH 44012. Christian burial services will immediately follow the Mass at Calvary Cemetery in Lorain, OH. Memorial donations can be made to the Carolyn L. Farrell Foundation, 26633 Detroit Road, Westlake, OH 44145. Theresa participated in many art and music projects there through its Center for Artful Living. Donations can also be made to any organization that promotes the education of Lorain, supports the history of Polish Americans, or the Cleveland Clinic Hospice at 6801 Brecksville Road, #10, Independence, OH 44131. The family thanks her private caregivers, Shelly, Beatrice, Joyce, Danica, and Debbie for their dedication. Online condolences may be sent to the family using www.rsgfuneralhome.com.