Germaine Pawelk

Germaine Helen Pawelk, age 76, of rural Montrose, passed away on Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012, at her residence.

She was born on Jan. 17, 1936, in Waverly, the daughter of James “Jim” and Helen Smith O’Connell.

Germaine attended St Mary’s High School in Waverly graduating May 30, 1954.

On May 4, 1957, Germaine Helen O’Connell and Kenneth Walter Pawelk were joined in marriage at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Waverly.  God blessed their marriage with four children Richard “Rick”, Terry, Tamara “Tammy” and Barry.

Germaine worked hard side by side with her husband Ken on the family farm and raised their four beautiful children. She especially enjoyed watching baseball.  Germaine just loved sports in general.  She also was fond of bowling.  She loved spending time wither her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Waverly, but lately The Church of Immaculate Conception in Watertown.

Survived by her loving husband of 55 years: Kenneth W. Pawelk; children: Richard “Rick” (Terri) Pawelk of Watertown, Terry (Dianne) Pawelk of Ramsey, Tamara “Tammy” (Steve) Kassulker of New Germany and Barry (Lori) Pawelk of Montrose; 10 grandchildren: Reed (Katie) Pawelk, Paige (Matt) Lynch and Abby Pawelk; Samantha Pawelk, Dustin Pawelk and Kenneth “Kenny” Pawelk; Ryan Kassulker and Hailey Kassulker; Danny Pawelk and Casey Pawelk; three great grandchildren: Owen Pawelk, Walter Lynch and Lilly Dahl; a brother: Marvin (Peggy) O’Connell of Maryland; many other relatives and friends including her favorite dog: Chuckie.

Preceded in death by her parents and by a brother Gerald “Butch” O’Connell.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Germaine Pawelk will be held on Friday, Nov. 16, at 10 a.m. at The Church of Immaculate Conception in Watertown.  Father Joseph Fink will be the Celebrant.
Interment will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Waverly.

A visitation will be held on Thursday, Nov. 15, from 4-8 p.m.. at The Church of Immaculate Conception in Watertown.  Parish Prayers will be held at 4 p.m. Further visitation will be held on Friday morning, Nov. 16, 1 hour prior to Mass at the church.

Casket Bearers will be Reed Pawelk, Dustin Pawelk, Kenny Pawelk, Danny Pawelk, Ryan Kassulker and Casey Brueggemeier.

The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted is serving the family.  Online condolences may be made to