Monica Teresa Wandro Peterson
December 20, 1905 - September 25, 2001
Monica Wandro was born on a farm in Polk County, Nebraska on Dec. 20, 1905. She was the second oldest of a family of twelve. Two members of her family, Josephine Taylor and Joseph Wandro survive her. Her mother, Sophia Iwan, of Polish descent was born in this country. Her father Joseph Wandro of Bohemian descent was also born in America.
Monica was raised as a devout Catholic by her parents. Because she was the second eldest of a large family, many of the responsibilities of the family fell to her. Education, and especially Catholic education, was always a priority for her. She received an education through eighth grade. Part of her education was in a Catholic Boarding School especially in preparation to receive the sacraments of Penance and Holy Eucharist. She always had a great desire to be a teacher. Because of the many needs of her family, she was unable to pursue such a career, however, she did teach CCD classes. Before her marriage, she worked for some time as a domestic to help her family financially. Also, just prior to her marriage she almost died due to a hemorrhage after a tonsillectomy.
She married Edward Peterson at St. Peter and Paul Church in Krakow Nebraska on Sept. 28, 1927. Together they had eight children. They are Dorothy, now Sr. Mary Monica, Jerome, who passed away at age three, Doloris Vasquez, Monica Everling, Rita Stransky, who passed away in 1999, Edward, Norbert, and Bernadette Cinadr. She has 19 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren. She was preceeded in death by her husband in 1989.
Prior to her husband's death she lived with her husband and family on a farm near Monroe, Nebraska, and Adams, Minnesota. They lived for some time near Norfolk, Nebraska and for many years in Platte Center, Nebraska. After her husband's death she has been living with her daughter, Monica, in Orange, California.
Monica lived through many trials both in her own personal life and in the country. She lived through the great depression, the great flu of the early part of the century and all of the wars of the 20th century. She lived through the death of her three year old son, her daughter, and her husband, as well as her parents and nine of her brothers and sisters.
Monica was a very talented woman. She came from a musically talented family and although she had minimal musical training she was able to play the piano without reading notes. She was a wonderful homemaker and a great cook. She was a very socially minded person and always looked after the needs of the community, but most especially those of her own family.
Monica's Catholic faith and her love of God and family were her great trademarks by which I'm sure she would want to be remembered.
A vigil service was held on Sept. 28th in Orange, California.
A viewing at 9:30 a.m. and a funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m. will be held on Friday, October 5, 2001, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Platte Center, Nebraska. Her final resting place will be at Valley View Cemetery in Genoa, Nebraska.