Cecilia J. Searl, 89, 1701 Michigan Ave., Stevens Point, formerly of Mosinee, died Sunday, May 27, at Aspirus Wausau Hospital, Wausau.
A Funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, June 4, at St. Peter Catholic Church in Stevens Point.
Visitation will be held at Boston Funeral Home in Stevens Point from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday, with a rosary service at 7 p.m.
Donations can be made to set up a memorial scholarship to aid an education student at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UW-SP).
Condolences may be offered online at bostonfuneralhome.net.
Mrs. Searl was born Oct. 7, 1922, in Stockton, a daughter of the late Walter and Lucy (Herman) Wiza. She graduated from P.J. Jacobs High School in 1940 and attended Central State Teachers College (now UW-SP), receiving a two-year rural teaching degree in 1942, a three-year state graded teaching degree in 1946 and a four-year bachelor of education degree in 1950.
She was married to Lester Searl on Dec. 27, 1948, in Houghton, Mich. He preceded her in death.
She returned to UW-SP to continue her education, graduating with a master of science-elementary education degree in 1965 and a reading specialist license from Marquette University in 1974.
She taught for seven years (all grades) in the rural schools of Portage County, for one year (second grade) in Wautoma and for 33 years (kindergarten, third grade, reading specialist and first grade) in the Mosinee School District. She retired in 1991.
Survivors include two daughters, Marie E. Ostrowski, Plover, and JoAnn (John) Andison, Montreal, Canada; three grandchildren; and one son-in-law, John Meier.
She was also preceded in death by one daughter, Margaret D. Meier; one brother, Raymond Wiza; two sisters, Frances Ehm and Regina Klosinski; and one son-in-law, Gregory Ostrowski.