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Anita Elizabeth (French) Mirek

April 15, 1944 ~ June 17, 2019 (age 75)

Anita Elizabeth Mirek, 75 Wausau passed away Monday, June 17, 2019 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital.

Anita was born April 15, 1944 in Biggleswade, England to the late Gordon and Ida (Norman) French. She met Russell Mirek in Bedford, England while he was serving his country in the USAF. The couple were later married on October 27, 1962 in England. They were blessed with two daughters; Sharon and Theresa. Upon returning to America and settling in Wausau, Anita began working as a housekeeper for Howard Johnson’s, only retiring when the hotel closed.

She enjoyed many family outings around the area to Lake Michigan, zoos and parks. Her and Russ especially enjoyed traveling the world together, often visiting Theresa wherever her family was stationed at the time. She was an avid walker and would often be seen walking around the neighborhood. Anita was the type of person who never met a stranger. She loved animals, especially the many dogs she cared for over the years. She loved to cook for others and was happy with the simple things in life. Always pleasing others before herself.

Anita is survived by her loving husband of 56 years, Russell; daughters, Theresa (Sam) Grinder of Cookeville, TN and Sharon Mirek of Wausau; grandchildren, Haley of San Diego, CA, Amanda of Tampa, FL, Tyler of Wausau and Melissa of Mosinee; great-grandchildren, Mackenzie, Madisyn and Reegan; brother Robert (Iris) French of England; and extended family and friends. She is preceded in death by her brother, Norman (Mary) French.

A Celebration of Life service for Anita will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, August 21, 2019 at Holy Name Catholic Parish.  Fr. Samuel Martin will officiate.  Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service at church.   

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