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Eugenia Wuerfel, 88, beloved wife, mother, and faithful servant of God, died Thursday, August 30, 2018. She was born to Adolf and Albertyna Krebs, in Warsaw, Poland on January 25, 1930. She was one of seven siblings, Lotte, Irene, Tinchen, Stephan, Adolf, and Richard.
During WWII, as a young teen, Eugenia and her family fled from their home in Poland. Her mother led the family after Eugenia’s father had been drafted into the war. Traveling on foot, with just a small horse drawn buggy to carry a few belongings, her one and a half year old brother, and a deathly ill sister. The family headed west into Western Germany where they stayed for the remainder of the war. During this time, Eugenia worked for farmers and later as a seamstress. After the war in 1954, Eugenia took an opportunity to join her sister and immigrated to the United States. Upon arrival in the States, she found work as a nanny in Chicago. While living in Chicago, she was introduced through family and members of the church to Simon Wuerfel and the two of them were married June 14, 1959 in Muskegon, MI. They built their home in Fennville, MI where they lived for 57 years.
Eugenia enjoyed cooking and sewing. She was an excellent seamstress making many of the clothes, fancy dresses, and draperies that adorned the family and house. Other of her favorite activities included tending to their large garden and her chickens. The garden supplied an abundance of fruit and vegetables for the family, and the chickens a fresh supply of eggs. She always made sure there was extra to share with extended family, friends, and neighbors.
Eugenia is survived by her husband, Simon Wuerfel; her siblings Irene Baum, Tinchen Polnau, Stephan Krebs, Adolf Krebs, and Richard Krebs; two children, Viola Gaffney (Matthew), of Tooele, UT; Donald Wuerfel (Amy), of Plano, TX; grandchildren, Benjamin Gaffney (Carrie), Nicole Richards (Lance), Joshua Gaffney (Annie), Jennifer Gaffney, and Jason Gaffney (Kathryn). She also has 12 great grandchildren Jayden, Ethan, Samuel, Ryan, Lillian, Julia, Jonah, Tobias, Josiah, Matthew, Leah, and Malakai.
She will be laid to rest on September 4th at 11:00 AM in the Tooele City Cemetery, Utah.