|Birth: ||Jul. 10, 1917|
|Death: ||Aug. 24, 2006|
Annie Louise Cocek, 89, passed away peacefully at a local nursing home on Thursday, Aug. 24, 2006. Services will be at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 29, at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 800 N. New Road, with Pastor Paul Krupicka and the Rev. Dr. Kenneth Moerbe co-officiating. Burial will follow at Waco Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday evening at the funeral home.
Annie was born in McGregor, Texas, to the late Herman Carl Wilhelm Wiese and Anna (Meiske) Wiese. She was baptized Sept. 23, 1917, at Zion Lutheran Church in McGregor and confirmed March 29, 1931, at Peace Lutheran Church, which is now St. Paul's Lutheran Church, in Crawford. She attended Plainview School near McGregor. Reared on a farm in the McGregor area, she moved to Waco in her early twenties. Her first job was as a caregiver in the home of an elderly couple. She met Tony J. Cocek on a blind date in 1939 while she was working as a waitress at a local cafe. Leaving cafe work after a short period of time, Annie then was employed by Hawk and Buck Clothing Manufacturing Company as a clothing inspector until she was called to work for Southwestern Bell Telephone Company in 1943. There she was assigned to the traffic department as a toll operator.
Tony enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Force in Jan. 1942, serving almost two years overseas and returning to the States in 1945. After an engagement of four years, Tony and Annie's plans were carried out and they were married on Feb. 14, 1946, at St. Mary's Catholic Rectory by Father Floyd Bielamowicz. After almost twelve years of service with the telephone company, Annie resigned in 1955 when she and Tony were blessed with their only child, Kenneth. In 1950, Tony and Annie built their home in what was, at that time, the yet undeveloped Westview Village area and lived in that same house for over 55 years. It was only natural that she should look for and join a church in that area, so, in keeping with her Lutheran roots, she became a member of Crestview Lutheran Church, now known as St. Matthew Lutheran Church, on the day of its organization on May 4, 1952. At the time of her death she was the longest-standing member of the congregation. She was faithful to her church, helping in the nursery, serving on the Altar Guild and working as custodian for many years. She belonged to the Women of the ELCA, Morning Meditation Circle and the "Over 50's" Club. Annie was a very giving person and did her part by regularly donating blood to the American Red Cross. For six years she was recognized as a member of the Red Cross Gallon Club. Annie's greatest joy was spending time with her family and taking care of her home and yard.
She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 50 years, Tony, on Nov. 9, 1996; brothers, Bill, Walter and Lonnie Wiese; sisters, Bertha Wiese, Nora Cox and infant sister, Lillie.
Survivors include are her son, Kenneth and wife, Sandy; grandsons, Steven and his wife, Sarah, and Christopher; great-granddaughter, Michelle; great-grandson, Dakota; and brother, John Wiese; along with a number of nieces and nephews.
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Waco Memorial Park
Created by: Ruth M. Brown
Record added: Aug 26, 2006
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