Wanda Urbanik, of Madison Indiana, passed at River Terrace on Monday, 7 June 2021 at the age of 89. Loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, she was a devout Roman Catholic and a longtime member of Madison’s Catholic Community, including St. Patrick and Prince of Peace parishes. Mrs. Urbanik worked in Grote Manufacturing Company from 1968 to 1997 where she was a member of the International Association of Machinists. Mrs. Urbanik’s eventful and productive life was almost evenly split between Europe and the United States. She was born on the outskirts of Krakow, Poland on 11 January 1932 and experienced poverty and famine occasioned by economic depression and World War II. She married Adam Urbanik and started raising a family in 1952. Benefiting from a brief thaw in the Cold War and the "Family Reunification Act” passed by the US Congress in 1965, Mrs. Urbanik, her husband, and two of her three children emigrated to Madison Indiana on 9 Sep. 1966, sponsored by her in-laws Suzanna and Albin Koczergo. She and her husband proudly become naturalized US citizens in 1975. Her Madison area employers included Fiesta Restaurant and Grote Manufacturing Company.
Wanda continued to remain active and industrious after her formal “retirement” in the mid 1990's by assisting her husband with deer processing and sausage-making. She and Adam also frequented Kentuckiana flea markets and sales barns. Hardened by life experiences, Mrs. Urbanik was fiercely independent with a strong work ethic and boundless generosity. She delighted in cooking tasty Polish dishes and baking cakes for friends, family and neighbors. After Adam's passing in 2011, she found solace and support in her friend and neighbor Ms. Lorraine Lyons.
Immediate family includes her daughters: Margaret Bridgford of Madison, IN and Julie Rowland of Burlington, KY and her son, Andrew Urbanik of Beaufort, SC. Mrs. Urbanik has six grandchildren: John Adam Hoffman and Kelli Flannery; Margaret Hamil and Michael Urbanik; and Ava and Lily Rowland. She is also survived by two great-grandchildren, Kayli and Gracie Hoffman. Mrs. Urbanik enjoyed a close relationship with her niece Veronika Koczergo-Feltner currently of St. Augustine FL and her sister Helena Stocka of Chicago IL.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted by Father Christopher Craig at 11:00 AM on Friday, June 11, 2021, at St. Patrick’s Church with interment to follow at St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Madison IN. Eternal rest grant her O Lord and may the eternal light forever show her the way. Amen
The family requests memorial contributions be made to Prince of Peace Catholic Church. Contributions may be made at Lytle Welty Funeral Home or below.
Our deepest sympathies to the Urbanik family.
Ann and Troy Harrison Jun 11 2021 1:53 PM
Teresa Kelley lit a candle for Wanda Urbanik
Teresa Kelley Jun 10 2021 10:01 PM
Keeping everyone in our thoughts and prayers. With love, Toby, Carol, Kerri, Andrew and Alyssa Nidiffer
Carol Nidiffer Jun 10 2021 7:39 PM
Bill, Julie Moore & Family lit a candle for Wanda Urbanik
Bill, Julie Moore & Family Jun 10 2021 7:35 PM
Cindra Heinze lit a candle for Wanda Urbanik
Cindra Heinze Jun 9 2021 7:18 PM
RIP Wanda Urbanik's
Cindra Heinze Jun 9 2021 7:18 PM
I met the Urbanik's in 1966, and they were always an inspiration for the benefits of hard work, and a reminder of the blessings we know as citizens of the United States. Wanda and Adam went through so much to get here and give their children a better future. Mrs Urbanik was like a second mother to me on my frequent trips to Indiana Avenue. Always a smile and friendly greeting as if I were family. She always insisted on feeding me and I was a willing participant! Between Adam's smoked meats and sausages, and Wanda's magical touch in the kitchen, visits were always fulfilling. Above it all, I remember her homemade bread. I can still taste it and feel the texture in my mouth. Ohhh to have just one more bite 😊❤️
Enjoy your paradise! You have earned it.
Frank Berry Jun 9 2021 6:23 PM
I will be keep the family in my thoughts and prayers. Mrs. Urbanik was a wonderful neighbor and always stopped by the Freeman house to chat and bring goodies. God bless her.
Gina and Anna Freeman Jun 9 2021 6:06 PM
Przesyłamy wyrazy szczerego żalu i współczucia z powodu śmierci Wandy. Niech odpoczywa w pokoju.
Leszek KOT Jun 9 2021 1:01 PM
LESZEK KOT lit a candle for Wanda Urbanik
LESZEK KOT Jun 9 2021 12:56 PM