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“Larry, Karen and Family- My thoughts are with you. Wanda was a dynamo with a real spark to her. ”
1 of 12 | Posted by: Greg Fronczak

“+Larry, so sorry to hear about your mom. I never met her but she sounds like a great lady! May God reward her generous heart and give her joy! ”
2 of 12 | Posted by: Sister Elena Sabalausky - MI

“Dear Karen, Larry and Family, I am so sorry for your loss. Please know that you will be in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time....Read More »
3 of 12 | Posted by: Genie Slesinski-Swain - Henderson, NV

“Karen, I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. It's always hard to lose your mom, I know. May God, in his goodness, comfort you until you see her again....Read More »
4 of 12 | Posted by: Mary Asta - Canton, MI

“Dear Karen and Family, So sorry to hear about your loss. Wanda sounds like such a wonderful and giving person. I am sure her example has been an...Read More »
5 of 12 | Posted by: Karen (McCormick) Frenn - Milford, NH

“Dear Karen, Your Mother really knew how to live life and appreciate it! What a legacy! My heart goes out to you in your Mother's passing. I will...Read More »
6 of 12 | Posted by: Lenore Orlowska-Warren - FL

“Karen, I am so deeply sorry for the loss of your dear mother. Please know that I will keep you and your entire family in my prayers. ”
7 of 12 | Posted by: Eleanor (English) Johnson - MI

“Dear Karen, I'm so sorry to hear of your mother's passing. You and your family can take comfort in the memories and all the loving moments she left...Read More »
8 of 12 | Posted by: Chris Becker Enos - Santa Rosa, CA

“Aunt Wanda was a wonderful person, mother and aunt. Our deepest condolence to cousins Karena and family and Larry. Our thoughts and prayers are with...Read More »
9 of 12 | Posted by: Mark and Barbara Puchala - MI

“My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Your mom was a great lady and her legacy will live on in you. ”
10 of 12 | Posted by: Frederick W Hoffman - Dearborn, MI

“Karen, Larry, and family--Aunt Wanda was a wonderful, warm person. I have great memories of her hospitality and kindness. I will keep Wanda and you...Read More »
11 of 12 | Posted by: Roger Labataille - MI

“Karen and Family, I am thinking of you. Deanna ”
12 of 12 | Posted by: Deanna - Pontiac


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Wanda Puchala, age 95 of Warren, died Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at the Autumn Woods Health Care Facility in Warren. She was born August 7, 1919 in Detroit, daughter of the late Leo and the late Mary (nee: Karpinski) Ryzinski.

For those who knew Wanda, they'll attest to the giving and compassionate heart she possessed and how often her heart reached out to those in need. Perhaps, this was no better evidenced than through the countless blankets she created and contributed to her charitable friends at Project Linus. Founded in 1995 with its mission of "Providing Security Through Blankets" to children in hospitals, shelters and hospice facilities, it was named after the security-blanket-toting character in the famous Peanuts comic strips, and has provided over 5 million blankets to children all over the world. For children in need of comfort, Wanda was one of the "creative angels" who spent many hours over many years sewing blankets with the hands of love given to her by God. Through this unselfish ministry, the hearts of many children were warmed by her care,…and their little bodies warmed by her comforting wraps.

Wanda's creativity was also evident through the art of crocheting, another pastime where the work of her hands spoke volumes to her artistic talents. Wanda was also an avid reader, loved the fun & excitement of Bingo, and whiled away many hours solving her word search puzzles. She found great enjoyment in watching the old standards on television, especially the classics that starred her favorite, Clark Gable. Another of Wanda's favorite pastimes was enjoyed traveling. There were always places to go and sights to see, and she was always up for a trip.

At 95 years of age, Wanda came from a generation and time that was far different from the one of convenience we enjoy today, a time where many women spent hours over the stove canning and preserving fruits and vegetables. Well, it didn't take long for Wanda to determine that canning was NOT in her future,…and any desire for prepared fruits and vegetables would be coming from a can at the local grocery store. Another great story is when, at the age of 90, Wanda decided that she should no longer be on the road…walked into the Secretary of State…and plopped her driver's license down on the counter to be disposed. Where most people, much to their dismay, have to be convinced,…Wanda was thinking clearly and wisely when she volunteered to relegate the driving to others.

Yes, Wanda was truly the kind of woman who was always thinking of others,…and none-so-much as her precious grandchildren and great-grandchildren. They were the light of her life and the wind beneath her wings, and each thought of them brought her immense joy and pleasure. Family meant the world to Wanda, and she leaves them a legacy of love that will long be treasured with each reflection shared. She touched a multitude of lives through her journey this side of Heaven,…may she, now, rest in peace after a life well lived. She will be missed immensely and loved eternally.

Wanda shared 58 wonderful years with the love of her life, Louis, who preceded her in death. She was also the dearest mother of Lawrence Puchala and Karen (Robert) Agacinski. Loving grandmother of Gail (Jeffery) Halladay, Kenneth (Maureen) Agacinski, Steven Agacinski, and great-grandmother of Louis, James, Allan, Dean, and Charles.

Wanda will lie in state on Monday, March 30th from 10:00 am until time of the Funeral Mass at 11:00 am at St. Faustina Catholic Church, 14025 E. 12 Mile Road in Warren. Officiating the funeral liturgy will be Rev. Fr. Bogdan Milosz. Interment will follow at Resurrection Cemetery where she will join her beloved, Louis.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the D.S. Temrowski & Sons Funeral Home, 30009 Hoover Road at Common (12 ½ Mile Road) in Warren.

Please share memories of Wanda at her memory book above.