Vivian Marie “Mimi” Wnuk (nee Dahnke) 83, of Lunenburg Massachusetts, passed March 19, 2022.
Vivian was born to Vivian (nee Creviere) and Earl Dahnke on June 3, 1938, in Green Bay, Wisconsin. She graduated from DePere High School and attended Layton School of Art in Milwaukee. There she met Stephen Wnuk Jr., an engineer with Allis-Chalmers company working on nuclear power plant projects. They married August 31, 1957 and resided in various locations in Wisconsin and western Massachusetts, eventually settling in Lunenburg Massachusetts. They were married 63 years until the death of her husband on March 12, 2021. Together they raised five children.
Mimi leaves her sister, Margaret “Mitzi” (John) Kavalkovich; children, Stephen (Haila), Vincent (Kathy) and John; daughter-in-law, Jean; grandchildren, Julie, Paul, Cynthia, Andrea, Rebecca, and Hannah; and great grandson, Matthew. She is preceded in death by her parents Vivian and Earl Dahnke, sister Carol, children Margaret Mary, Joseph and Norman (Jean).
Aside from raising five boys, Mimi worked full-time as a medical transcriber and was passionate about life-long artistic pursuits. Somehow during those years, she found time for many family activities and her children fondly remember berry picking trips in the Quabbin reservoir area, as well as the wonderful, canned jams and jellies she produced from those trips. After her children were grown, Mimi obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Massachusetts through a chancellor’s scholarship and became an avid artist working in a variety of different mediums. She spent a year living abroad in Florence, Italy and traveled extensively with her husband to many remarkable places in Europe and Russia. One of her family’s best memories was collectively celebrating Mimi and Steve’s 50th wedding anniversary with their whole family in the Lake Como area of Italy.
Mimi’s latter decades were spent lakeside in Lunenburg where she and Steve enjoyed their pontoon boat, bike rides, ice skating, swimming and hosting family celebrations. They maintained a 40-year tradition of going out to breakfast with family on Sunday mornings which was cherished by Mimi and family alike. Mimi participated in many local artist communities and involved family in practice sitting quietly as she painted or sketched them. Her lifelong love of art was apparent in her home where all manner of artwork adorned her walls. She was especially fond of artwork produced by her grandchildren and took pride in what she had taught them as well as what they had picked up themselves. Family and friends will all miss Mimi, her contagious laugh, her feisty spirit and her open heart.
At Mimi’s request, services are private.
The Lunenburg Chapel of the Sawyer-Miller-Masciarelli Funeral Homes, 763 Massachusetts Avenue, Lunenburg, MA 01462 has been entrusted with the care of Vivian’s arrangements.
John F. Masciarelli, James M. Hebert and Terresa Shea, Funeral Directors.
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