Marlene L. Waneka

May 19th, 1933February 3rd, 2019

Marlene Lucille Waneka (nee Mosnik) - age 85 of Boulder passed away peacefully at home on February 3, 2019 to be reunited in Heaven with her beloved husband James “Jim” O’Dell Waneka, her parents, Anton “Tony” and Rose Mosnik, siblings, Alvin, Edmond Mosnik and Rosemarie (Mosnik) Starkey.   Marlene attended Erie, CO schools, after graduating high school she worked at Swift Meat Packing in Denver as an administrative assistant.  Living and growing up in the small town of Erie, Marlene knew her future husband Jim long before they became close. While attending a New Year’s Eve dance in Erie, they began dating and soon were married. Marlene embraced the role of homemaker, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She enjoyed a range of hobbies and always put family first, including: cooking, polka music, dancing, watching movies, volleyball, the Denver Broncos, other sports, and politics. She also looked forward to the beautiful Colorado sunsets and the abundant wildlife in her back yard. She was also preceded in death by her very close extended family of cousins, who were always considered like brothers and sisters, and aunts and uncles, including: Billy, Joey, Chucky Jordan and Lorene (Jordan) Zaruba.  The families were tough coal mining and farming families, starting when eastern Boulder and western Weld counties were dominated by those industries. Marlene was the last living sibling of this generational group of eight very amazing people. For the past decades the Waneka-Mosnik’s and Jordan’s have thrown and enjoyed memorable family weddings and parties, where beautiful accordion music was played, homemade sausages, meats, bread, and wines were served, along with plenty of Budweiser and Coors beer.  The family gatherings were made all the more special with the feeling of old world charm and love that was expressed by everyone.  Above all else, Marlene should be remembered for her love of family. She was truly the rock and angel for many. She took care of her father Tony, her sister Rosemarie, and her loving husband Jim, providing hospice like care until their last days. She is survived by her loving children: Colleen (Peter) Dame of Erie, CO, James (Jill) Waneka of Boulder, CO, and Anthony “Tony” Waneka of Broomfield, CO; grandchildren Chelsea (Brian) Rosipajla of Erie, CO, Jordan Dame of Denver, CO, James (Natalie) Waneka of Springfield, MO, Maurilinn Rose Waneka (Stephen Badger) of Santa Fe, NM, Shane Waneka of Broomfield, CO,, Natosha Lea of Kansas City, MO, Zacari Lea of Boulder, CO, Skylar N. Lea of Broomfield, CO, Mikayla Lea of Boulder, CO; great grandchildren Brooklynn Waneka of Springfield, MO and Kamdyn Preston of Boulder, CO; as well as many nieces and nephews. The family will be receiving friends from 5:00-7:00PM on Thursday, February 7, 2019 at Darrell Howe Mortuary on South Boulder Rd. in Lafayette, CO. There will be a Funeral Mass on Saturday, February 9, 2019 at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church in Boulder, at 2:00PM with interment to immediately follow at Mountain View Memorial Park, also in Boulder. Relatives and friends are welcome to share condolences online at www.darrellhowemortuary.com In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Sacred Heart of Jesus School Foundation or a charity of choice.

 

Services

The family will be receiving friends from 5:00-7:00PM on Thursday, February 7, 2019 at Darrell Howe Mortuary on South Boulder Rd. in Lafayette, CO. There will be a Funeral Mass on Saturday, February 9, 2019 at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church in Boulder, at 2:00PM with interment to immediately follow at Mountain View Memorial Park, also in Boulder. 

Cemetery

Mountain View Memorial Park

Location

Darrell Howe Mortuary | Map

Church

None

Condolences

We loved the heck out of her! Just looking at her brought a smile to our faces. She will be missed so much at our family gatherings.
Thinking of you and your family, and remembering all the times your mom put up with our antics in high school! My warmest thoughts are with you. I'm hoping your memories of special times brings you peace. Loving Hugs, Debbie (and Mike)
Our class of 51 is fading away, our face book was all the news when we picked up the mail, or after mass on sundays. Marlene' was our Sheriff Andy Taylor, He was the town marshal, graded the streets, took care of the town water. He kept the class of 51 an other teen males good citizens as well. She asked me to be the godfather of Collen, made a trip down from Wyoming for that honor. Our last contact was of the two class of 51 reunions that most of us made. May God bless her and grant her peace. George Pedron
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