Margaret "Midge" Wawrzaszek

September 18, 1924 ~ November 14, 2019 (age 95)


Margaret “Midge” Wawrzaszek, 95, of Pottsville, passed away Thursday morning, November 14, 2019 at Providence Place, Pottsville. She was affectionately known as “Wawa” to all of the staff there.

  She was born September 18, 1924 in Branchdale, to the late George and Mary Grib Kurutz.

    She attended the Reilly Twp. Schools. She was a member of St. Matthew the Evangelist Church, Minersville and was a member of the former St. Stanislaus Kostka Church, Minersville. She was also a former member of the Church’s married Women’s Sodality. She worked in the local garment industry. She was a member of the International Ladies Garment Workers Union (ILGWU).

    She was preceded in death by her husband of 35 years, Joseph Wawrzaszek; a granddaughter, Sharon LeBrun in 2014; and two son-in-laws David Fogarty in 2019 and Paul Rowcotsky in 1995.  Also, three sisters Mary Hydock, Elizabeth Kurutz and Anna Brennan; one brother George (Doc) Kurutz.   

     She was a dedicated mother first and foremost to her four children; Darlene Fogarty, Pottsville, Diane (Hal) Barney, Indio, CA., Joe (Sheila) Wawrzaszek, Wichita, KS and Margaret Rowcotsky, Schuylkill Haven. She was also a cherished grandmother to Colleen Vottero, Danette Cooper, J.J. Wawrzaszek, Melissa Holt, Brian Rowcotsky, Brionica Bryson, Janinne Schell and Jason Wawrzaszek; and to her sixteen great grandchildren; nieces, nephews, and her best fur buddy Andy the cat.

Midge had a fun-loving personality and was well-known for shopping at Boscov’s. She never missed a “Did You Boscov’s Today” sale.  Holidays at her house were special and it included her famous halupkis and city chicken.  Midge enjoyed talking on the phone for hours to her family and friends.  She also loved playing 500 Rummy and taking bus trips to Atlantic City.  Midge was loved and will be missed.

     Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10:30AM on Wednesday, November 20 at St. Matthew the Evangelist, 139 Spruce St., Minersville. Relatives and friends may call on Wednesday morning from 8AM to 10AM at the Donald J. Butler Funeral Home, 328 Sunbury St. Minersville.

    In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer remembrances in the form of contributions in memory of Margaret to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN. 38105 or to the Shriner’s Children’s Hospital, 3551 N. Broad St., Philadelphia, PA. 19140. Contributions will be accepted by the funeral home. To offer condolences to the family or to light a candle in Margaret’s memory, visit us at


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November 20, 2019

8:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Donald J. Butler Funeral Home
328 Sunbury St.
Minersville, PA 17954

Mass of Christian Burial
November 20, 2019

10:30 AM
St. Matthew the Evangelist
139 Spruce St
Minersville, PA 17954

Interment following funeral service
November 20, 2019


Shriner's Memorial Hospital
3551 N. Broad St., Philadelphia PA 19140

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Memorial Giving
501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105
Tel: 1-800-805-5856

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