Evelyn Therese Jelich, 84, Stevens Point, died at her home Wednesday, May 9, 2001, following a 14-year battle with cancer.
A Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Peter Catholic Church, with the Rev. Dennis Worzella officiating. Burial will be in Guardian Angel Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Pisarski/Dzikoski Funeral Home and from 9 a.m. Saturday at the church until the services. The American Legion Auxiliary, VFW Auxiliary and DAV Auxiliary will combine for a veterans ritual at 6:45 p.m. Friday, and the St. Peter’s Rosary Society will combine with the parish rosary at 7 p.m. Friday.
Memorials are being set up for the Hospice of Portage County and the Highground Veterans Memorial in Neillsville.
Mrs. Jelich was born April 1, 1917, in Stevens Point, a daughter of the late Vincent and Anna (Stanczyk) Suchowski. She attended St. Peter Grade School and graduated from Emerson High School.
She was married to Nick J. Jelich on Dec. 2, 1943, at Camp Reynolds in Greenville, Pa. He died March 7, 1980.
After World War II ended, they lived in Grafton before settling in Stevens Point in 1948.
She was a member of St. Peter’s Rosary Society and the National Society of Foresters for more that 40 years. She was a member of the St. Peter Parish Council and presented the parish with a bronze plaque set in a stone monument at the flagpole at St. Peter Middle School as a memorial to armed forces veterans of the parish who were killed in service to their country.
She and her husband served as co-presidents of the St. Peter’s Parent-Teacher Society and she also served as president of Maria Mothers Club.
For more than 15 years, she was president of the Gold Star Mothers, an organization for the mothers of children who died in military service. She was also a member of the American Legion, VFW and DAV auxiliaries and the Vietnam Veterans of America.
As a volunteer she made monthly visits to the Veterans Home in King for 18 years.
Survivors include three daughters, Mary Ann (Scott) McManners, Black River Falls, Kathleen Jelich, Stevens Point, and Maggie (John) Corcoran, Littleton, Colo.; one brother, Edwin “Peanuts” Suchowski, Stevens Point; and five grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by one son, John; one infant daughter, Jane; one brother and two sisters.