Wanda was born in Aberdeen in 1916, Wanda was just shy of celebrating her 98th birthday when she passed. She grew up on a farm in Satsop and graduated from Elma high school.
During her growing up years, she often worked as a housekeeper and nanny to the Schaeffer and Gleeson families. She met her husband at a neighboring Svoboda family home and married Frank Majeski in 1941. They shared their lives with their two children, Frank and Marlene until Frank Senior’s death in 1974.
Her work history included a job working in the kitchen of a tuberculosis hospital in Elma, a local cannery packing tuna, and a checker in Safeway when union wages were $1 an hour. She also worked in a number of local laundry and dry cleaning operations as a spotter (removing stains) and clothing presser; first Gloss; then Western; then Model; and finally, Dan’s Dry Cleaning. Two short weeks after Frank’s passing, Wanda survived a brain aneurysm rupturing but it affected her speech patterns. No longer able to perform customer service job duties, she entered speech therapy and the volunteer world of service to others. Wanda was also a two-time cancer survivor.
She was proud of her associations with St. Mary’s Catholic Church and the Perpetual Help Guild, and organizations that included the Boy Scouts & Girl Scouts of America, Stevens School PTA, Grays Harbor Election Precinct Committee, Aberdeen Polish Club, Aberdeen Pioneers Association, Hoquiam Seniors Travel Club, Evergreen Senior Center #2, RSVP, Eagles #24, and REAC Grandmas Club. She and four other friends volunteered weekly for 17 years washing and styling hair on patients at the St. Joseph’s Nursing Home. Wanda opened her home and hosted town meetings for local politicians running for office. She also hosted luncheon parties for nursing home patients and their caregivers, often 20-25 people. Her accomplishments included PTA’s Golden Acorn Award, Mrs. Eagle Aberdeen 1989-90, Grays Harbor’s RSVP Volunteer of the Year 1991, and WA State the REAC Auxiliary Grandmas Club Award 1995-96. Wanda traveled extensively throughout the U.S. and Canada, including a trip to Alaska and three trips to Hawaii. She enjoyed trips to Mexico and even several trips to Europe. She was an extraordinary seamstress. Her hobbies included knitting, crocheting, tatting, needlepoint, crewel, cross stitch embroidery, sewing, ceramics, stoneware and porcelain, upholstering and gardening. When she tired of these, she learned to quilt at age 79 and was hand sewing sequins on Christmas stockings well into her 80’s and 90’s. All of us were the beneficiaries of her many talents. But, the gift she enjoyed giving most was feeding others, whether it was around her own table, through the Feeding the Hungry Program, the Polish Club, or the Eagles. She will long be remembered for her giving spirit.
Wanda is survived by her two children, Frank (Rosemarie) Majeski of Cosmopolis and Marlene Majeski of Lacey; three grandchildren, Frank (Angela) Majeski of Aberdeen, Jennie (Steve) Douglass of Montesano, and Julie (Jasen) Carlson of Kittitas; six great grandchildren, Lane, Jacob, and Drew Douglass, Gabe, Kaia, and Elsa Carlson; and generations of nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be announced and published at a later date. Donations made in Wanda’s name to Grays Harbor Community Clothing Bank, 301 N ‘G’ St, Aberdeen, WA 98520 or Relay for Life, PO Box 202, Hoquiam, WA 98550 will be greatly appreciated. To sign the online book of memories or to light a memorial candle please visit www.harrisonfamilymortuary.com. Arrangements are by Harrison Family Mortuary of Aberdeen.