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With the love of her life by her side throughout the majority of her days, Anna Gruenwald fully appreciated each and every day she was given throughout her life’s journey.

The days throughout the Roaring Twenties were some of the most vibrant days we have ever experienced as a nation. Motion pictures became available in both color and sound, automobiles were more affordable for the average American, and the lights of Broadway never shined brighter. It was within this exciting decade that a young couple from Cudahy, Wisconsin, located in the southeastern region of the state, was filled with great excitement as they awaited the birth of their new baby. It was just as the winds of fall were settling in that their healthy baby girl was born on September 29, 1924. Anna was welcomed into the world by her parents, Martin and Blanche (Staszak) Helete. She was a student at local schools through the 10th grade as these were the trying days of the Great Depression when the youth of our nation often left school in order to join the workforce.

New and exciting changes were in store for Anna when she met the young man who would forever hold the key to her heart. His name was Alfred Gruenwald, and after dating for a time they found themselves deeply in love. With a desire to establish a life together the sweethearts were married. Together they were blessed with seven children, Joan, Robert, Michael, John, Charles, Paul, and Mary. Anna took her roles as a wife, mother, and homemaker very seriously and considered it a privilege to focus her attention at home. During her later years she witnessed her family tree blossom to include 17 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, and even one great-great-grandchild.

Throughout her rich and rewarding life, Anna Gruenwald was a blessing in the lives of those around her. She will be deeply missed and warmly remembered.

Anna Gruenwald died on August 24, 2013. Anna’s family includes her children, Michael (Mary), John (Judy), Charles, Paul (Cathy), and Mary Gruenwald; 17 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandchild; son-in-law Terrance Wycklendt; and other relatives and friends. Anna was preceded in death by her husband, Alfred Gruenwald; children, Joan and Robert; and her daughter-in-law, Sue Gruenwald. Visitation will be held on Thursday, August 29 at Three Holy Women Parish – St. Hedwig Church 1702 N. Humboldt Ave from 10:00 a.m. until time of the Funeral Mass at 11:00 a.m. Entombment Holy Sepulcher Cemetery. Memorials can be made to the Three Holy Women Parish Legacy Fund. Arrangements provided by Suminski LifeStory Funeral Homes, Suminski / Weiss (414) 276-5122. Please visit where you can leave a memory or sign the online guestbook.

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