Vera Anne Trabold Wawrzaszek, of Longwood, FL, beloved mother of Craig, Kevin, and LeAnne, passed away on Tuesday, January 12, 2016.
Vera, the daughter of the late Lawrence Trabold and Helen Twamley Trabold, was born on March 11, 1933, in Rochester, NY. It brings a smile to her family that Vera was named “Prettiest Baby” in a 1934 baby contest. Despite the hardships of the Depression, Vera enjoyed a wonderful childhood with her older sister Mary Kay, older brother Buddy and her younger sister, Sylvia. Vera was an angel as a child and never, ever did she throw her brother’s toys out the second floor window; never, ever did she slide madly down the staircase on a blanket; never, ever did she finagle a second breakfast out of the Sisters of Mercy at St. Salome’s convent just down the street; and never, ever did she dare her sister Sylvia to join her on an ice floe on Lake Ontario and have to be rescued by the Coast Guard.
Vera was a graduate of Irondequoit High School where she won honors in shorthand and typing and enjoyed being chief proofreader on the school yearbook and paper. Vera, who always had a song in her heart, loved singing soprano in the high school chorus. Vera earned a scholarship to the Rochester Business Institute, but did not attend because her typing and shorthand skills already exceeded the graduation requirements of the institute.
Vera married at age 18 and worked as a civilian typist for the U.S. Army on Governor’s Island. In the evening, Vera followed her love of music and sang professionally in local nightclubs. Her family still cherishes her promotional posters featuring a lovely photo of her, announcing “Vocals by Vera.” In her early 20s, Vera received clearance to provide secretarial support for top secret work by the U.S. Air Force on jet engine research.
When Vera moved to Florida in 1972, she loved her work supporting children and education with Seminole County Public Schools, progressing from secretarial positions at English Estates Elementary and Tuskawilla Middle School to Administrative Secretary to the Assistant Superintendent of the School Board of Seminole County. Vera retired in May 1997 with over 46 years of secretarial experience over the course of her career.
Vera was a loving mother who supported her children’s hopes and dreams. She was thrilled to hear her oldest son, Craig, on the radio, saved each of his original graphics, and took great pleasure in his photography. Vera was proud of her son Kevin’s role as Drum Major of the Lake Howell High School Silverhawks and his accomplishments in his career with Siemens. She admired Kevin’s devotion to his wife, Carolyn, and his son, Daniel. Vera was very close to her daughter, LeAnne, and felt tremendous pride when LeAnne earned her Master’s in Counseling. Vera was thrilled to welcome Rick Schumann into the family when he married LeAnne in 2014.
Extraordinarily kind of heart, Vera will be forever remembered for her sweet spirit, her love of music, and her delightful sense of humor. Vera is loved for the countless baby blankets she crocheted, her beautiful cross stitch, her support of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, her commitment to helping children in need by helping stock the Casselberry Elementary food bank, and, perhaps best of all, for her absolute love of reading.
Vera will be remembered with love by her son, Craig Michaels; her son Kevin Wawrzaszek, daughter-in-law, Carolyn Cayll Wawrzaszek, and grandson, Daniel Wawrzaszek; and her daughter, LeAnne Wawrzaszek Schumann, and son-in-law, Richard Schumann.
A Celebration of Vera’s life will be held on January 30th 2016, 4pm in the chapel at Hospice of the Comforter in Altamonte Springs. In Lieu of flowers please make donations to St. Jude’s
May she be embraced in heaven in the warmest of hugs by her mother, father, sisters, and brother