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WANDA B. NARAJOWSKI (nee Bykowski)
Born: August 18, 1918
Died: December 28, 2013
Visitation: 
Friday, January 10, 2014
3:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Gibbons Family Funeral Home,
5917 W. Irving Park Road,
Chicago, IL
Funeral Service: 
Saturday, January 11, 2014
Prayers begin at 9:15 am
Mass of Christian Burial: 
Begins at 10:00 am
St. Pascal Catholic Church,
3935 N. Melvina Ave, Chicago, IL
Interment: 
St. Adalbert Cemetery,
6800 N. Milwaukee Road, Niles, IL

Wanda B. Narajowski (nee Bykowski), 95, was born on August 8, 1918 in Chicago and moved to the Villages, FL in 2001, where she passed away peacefully on December 28, 2013.   She was proud to have worked for the Chicago Board of Education in Accounts Payable for 27 years. Wanda dedicated her life to the loving care of her soul mate, the late Henry, while raising four children.After the passing of Wanda’s husband Henry, she began her life of travel and service. When Wanda lived in Chicago, she held office of President of the Irving Park Catholic Women’s Club and President of the St. Pascal Altar and Rosary Society. At St. Pascal, she was a Minister of Care and a Eucharistic Minister. During this time, she also volunteered with the Soup Kitchen at St. Stanislaw Kostka Catholic Church. In keeping with her Polish ancestry, she was a member of the Polish Arts Council and the Treasurer of the St. Irene’s Group 31 of the Polish Women’s Alliance of America. She gave her grandchildren words for life after taking the Gabriel Richard course, “Faith, Courage and Enthusiasm”.Moving to the Villages, FL, she joined St. Timothy’s Roman Catholic Church. Wanda became a Minister of Care and a Eucharistic Minister. She joined the St. Timothy’s Singles Club and also became a member of Four Score. She enjoyed playing Shuffle Board, belonging to the Pinochle Card Club, attending Polo games and the many concerts and plays in the Villages.In the late 1970’s, Wanda began her first of many trips in the US and around the World. Her family lived vicariously through her as she traveled as far north as Point Barrel, Alaska, as far south as Patagonia in South America, as far east as China and as far west as Australia. She enjoyed Ireland, Scotland, Wales and England. When traveling Europe, she described each country as filled with color and adventure. Upon reaching India, you could feel the excitement of the Raja who built the Taj Mahal as Wanda told of its story. Her voyage continued with an ocean crossing to Africa. Some of the most memorable stories took place on her trip to Egypt when, in fact, she entered and climbed the inner passages of a pyramid in Cairo.

Wanda is survived by her children Harriet Narajowski-Wimer-Pergande, Joy (Bud) Narajowski-Kirchens, Henry (Stella) and Walter (Debbie); her 12 grandchildren and her 18 great-grandchildren; she is also preceded in death by her brother Joseph and Casmir and her sisters Helen and Dorothy; beloved aunt, great aunt and friend to many she is a true inspiration and will be missed by all those whose lives she touched.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Wanda’s name to the Wounded Warrior Project.

For more information, please call Michaels at 847-891-2900.