|Marie Victorine Hronik
November 3, 1913 – August 14, 2015
|Marie Hronik, 101, of Oxford Junction, Iowa, passed away August 14, 2015, in Clarence, Iowa. She leaves behind a legacy as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, musician, and teacher who has influenced hundreds of people’s lives.
She was born on November 3, 1913, on a farm near Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the second of nine children to George and Mary (Werner) Victorine. She graduated third in her class from Immaculate Conception High School in Cedar Rapids in 1930. Marie attended Mount Mercy College in Cedar Rapids with a full scholarship, graduating in 1932 with an Associates’ Degree in Education. In 1950, she graduated from Roosevelt University in Chicago with a Bachelors’ Degree in Education. Her first teaching job was in a one-room country school house south of Atkins, Iowa, where she taught all eight grades.
Marie had a lifelong love of music. While playing the piano in an orchestra at McKinley High School in Cedar Rapids, she met her future husband, Allen Hronik. They were married in Cedar Rapids on June 16, 1940, moved to Berwyn, Illinois, and later to Lombard, Illinois where she taught grade school and received her college degree. Her two oldest children, Mary and Edward, were born while she lived in Lombard. For two years during the war, she taught school in Oxford Junction. In 1950, the family moved to the arm she loved, where she lived the rest of her life in Oxford Junction, Iowa. Stanley and Pamela were born shortly after moving to the farm. She taught for a total of twenty-six and one half years, including Kindergarten and Junior High in Oxford Junction. Marie was an inspiration to her students, providing guidance to prepare them to lead successful, fulfilling lives. In many cases, she taught multiple generations of the same families. After retiring, she worked as a substitute teacher and part time at ACT, where she helped students obtain college scholarships.
Marie not only raised a loving family, was an inspiring teacher and devoted wife to her life partner and husband; she also spent many hours of community service for worthwhile causes. She volunteered on the Jones County Cancer Board and led the door-to-door Cancer Campaign for many years. She introduced Daffodils for Cancer in OJ and brought the mobile unit for mammograms to OJ. She served as a board member of the OJ Senior Center and Farm Bureau Women. She was a member of the Legion Auxiliary and South Wapsi Workers, and she enjoyed bridge and pinochle clubs.
Those left to honor Marie’s memory include three children: Dr. Mary (Tom) Curtis of LaMesa, CA, Stanley (Carole) Hronik of Camino, CA, Dr. Pamela (Martin) Malley of Papillion, NE; a daughter-in-law, Mary Hronik of Littleton, MA; twelve grandchildren: Dr. Allen (Monica) Waziri, Adli (Cindy) Waziri, Nadya Waziri, Dr. Marie (Andy) Tupaj, Carolyn (Patrick) Bogard, Emily Hronik, Brian (Lisa Englund) Hronik, Laura Hronik, Annette (Marvin Stewart) Hronik, Nicholas Hronik, Alyssa Malley, and Lynnea Malley; two great-grandchildren: Marcus Waziri and Andrew James Tupaj; two step-grandchildren: Clint Curtis and Judi Edman Yost; and two sisters; Rosemary Meeks and Dorothy Ritchie. She was preceded in death by her loving husband, parents, son (Edward), five brothers (George, Charles, Louis, LeRoy, and James), and one sister (Virginia Holsinger)
A Celebration of a Life Well Lived was held on August 29th at the Lahey Funeral Home in Oxford Junction with graveside services following at Mayflower Cemetery in Oxford Junction.
Submitted by: Janet A. Brandt
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