Cynthia J. Makowan, wife, mother, grandmother, cousin and friend, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at her home in Mauston, Wisconsin.
Cynthia was born in Chicago, Illinois on March 13, 1945. She attended St. John of God grammar school. She graduated from St. Josephs High School in 1963. She married the love of her life, Richard Makowan, on June 12, 1965. They made sure to enjoy their honeymoon, which arguably lasted 15 years, going to Europe, vacationing in Thorpe, Wisconsin and being with family and friends all the time growing their love for one another. Her and Rich wanted children but were told they would not be able to, however God had other plans and in March of 1979 and again in November of 1980 they had a son and daughter respectively. From that day forward she exemplified what a good mother is; consoled us when we were sad, counseled us when we needed guidance, nursed us to health when we were ill, protected us when we were vulnerable, punished us when we were out of line and laughed at us when we deserved it.
In addition to being the best wife and mother imaginable she also worked in the city of Chicago driving a mini school bus. In 1987 her and Rich left the big city behind and moved to Mauston, Wisconsin where they owned and operated the Willows Motel. This move allowed them both to be home with their children and each other. It also gave Cynthia an opportunity to touch the lives of many people who came through the motel during their travels. Cynthia also worked for Sormrud Memorials, she took a lot of pride in this work. She knew buying a monument was an important tribute to loved ones and she always wanted to make sure everything was done with respect and care.
Cynthia was also very involved in the church and community. She loved to be involved and get involved she did! She was the president of the Women’s Circle for St. Patrick’s Church. She was involved in cookie sales, lamb cake sales and rummage sales. She also really enjoyed decorating the church for the holidays. She was a Minister of communion at St Patrick’s Church and taught CCD.
She volunteered her time driving the elderly and disabled to their appointments, and delivering meals on wheels. She was also on the Room Tax Committee and helped to establish the Pumpkin Bash - it was her baby and she was very proud of the festival and everyone who was involved. Cynthia was also involved with the City Council, a member of the Chamber of Commerce and Citizen of the year in 2012.
In her free time Cynthia enjoyed spending time with her grandsons, visiting with family and friends, reading, playing cards, arts and crafts projects, ceramics, planting flowers, and hosting parties. For years she was on a bowling team where she made some wonderful life-long friends. She had a passion for genealogy and was the proudest Polack you’d ever meet.
Cynthia will be remembered as a devout Catholic with a strong faith in God. She was a strong independent woman who lived her life on the high road and she was incredibly honest and loyal. She was selfless and her generosity knew no bounds. When no one else volunteered, she was always ready to step in to get things done.
She is survived by her husband, Richard Makowan, her children, Justin Makowan and Jaime (Scott) Smith, grandsons, Porter and Lincoln Smith, close cousins and friends.
Cynthia is preceded in death by her father and mother, Frank and Theophilia “Tillie” Winiarz and her brother Floyd “Buddy” Winiarz.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, September 2, 2013 at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Mauston.
Burial will be at the Mauston Cemetery.
Family and friends may call on Sunday, September 1st from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Monday from 10:00 a.m. until 10:40 a.m. at the Crandall Funeral Home, Mauston.