Our greatest loss, our Mother, Paulina Ann (Grabko) Dombrowski Fellbaum, 84, of Wausau/ Marathon entered Heaven Tuesday, February 20, 2018 with family rushing to be by her side due to a cardiac arrest.
She was born September 16, 1933, in Hatley, daughter of the late Alexander and Elizabeth (Kuklinski) Grabko. Paulina grew up during the Great Depression. She was the oldest daughter of a family of eight, four brothers and three sisters. She and her seven siblings walked daily to a one room school in the town of Reed. All they knew was the Polish language but when used at school they were punished. Paulina went to school until the age of 16 and started her first job at Marathon Electric.
On August 13, 1955 she married Albert Peter Dombrowski at St. Ladislaus Catholic Church, Bevent. They were blessed with four children. Life was busy for them when suddenly Albert’s life ended short on May 18, 1962. As life would have it, six years later Paulina found love again and on September 28, 1968 she married Vernon Rudolf Fellbaum at St. Ladislaus Catholic Church, Bevent. They farmed, traveled, and enjoyed life up until Vernon passed on March 6, 1996 due to cancer.
After Pauline left the farm she enjoyed a part time job at Schlotzky’s Deli where she baked. She loved to can, with her Kerr Jars and a day of canning was like a holiday to her. She loved to highlight how many quarts she could do in one day. Pauline also loved to reminisce about the events that happened on the birthday of her children, including weather conditions and the number of hours of labor. Randy was a morning delivery and was quick. Renee in turn was many hours of labor. Suzie was easier than expected and resulted in her giving birth to Randy, 11 months later.
Paulina was the family’s laundry mat and could get any stain out. She had her own remedies which included boat cleaner. She also loved polka music, fishing, and Hodag. She enjoyed riding in her late husband, Albert’s 1924 Model T and most of all she loved her children and grandchildren. Paulina loved taking care of all the babies in the family, her greatest passion was doing for others. There is a loss for words all the good things our mother has done in her lifetime but one thing is for sure Paulina was truly and amazing and special woman. All of our lives will never be the same. Her big heart was priceless.
Survivors include her four children, Suzanne (Gary) Burmeister, Marathon, Randy (Jeanene) Dombrowski, Alpharetta, Georgia and Renee (Robert) Burmeister, Marathon; six grandchildren, Albert (Cheryl) Burmeister, Wisconsin Rapids, Lynette (fiancé Jeremy Bryant) Burmeister, Edgar, Lee (Gina) Burmeister, Wausau, Jordan Dombrowski, Alpharetta, Georgia, Sarah (Ehren) Malinowski, Wausau and Derek Burmeister, Minnetonka, Minnesota; seven great-grandchildren, Maculey, Alexandria, Seth, Miranda, Aliyah, Audrey and Madisyn; siblings, Anton (Rosemary) Grabko, Hatley, Clarence (Frances) Grabko, Hatley, Irene Loberg, Menominee Falls, Violet Woodell, Raleigh, North Carolina, Joseph (Lorna) Grabko, Hatley and Verna (Robert) Knishka, Kronenwetter; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Chesterine (John) Brzezenski, Stevens Point, Karen Dombrowski, Amherst, Romona Ulrich, Wausau, Arden (Arlene) Fellbaum, Hamburg, Ardell Salzwedel, Wausau, Aryle (Carl) Schmidt, Wausau, Darlene Osness, Wausau, Lorna (Joe) Grabko, Hatley and Sharon Schultz, Wausau and many nieces and nephews.
Besides her parents and husbands, she was preceded in death by a grandson, Bruce Burmeister, brother, Ray (Evelyn) Grabko, sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Caroline Litza, Evelyn Dombrowski Hubert Dombrowski, Marcella Beckman, Beverly Fellbaum, Dennis Fellbaum and Donald Fellbaum.
The funeral Mass will be celebrated 10:00 a.m. Saturday, February 24, 2018 at St. Ladislaus Catholic Church, Bevent. Rev. Augustine Bentil will preside. Burial will be in the parish cemetery, Bevent. Visitation will be Saturday from 8:30 a.m. until the time of services all at the church.
Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home, Wausau, is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at www.petersonkraemer.com