May D. “Mazie” Gutzwiler
May 7, 1918 ~ July 8, 2014
May D. “Mazie” Gutzwiler, 96, a lifelong resident of Wenatchee, WA, died peacefully at her residence in Malaga, WA on Tuesday, July 8, 2014. May was born on Wenatchee Heights May 7, 1918. She graduated from Wenatchee High School in 1937. On February 15, 1942, she married Leo R. Gutzwiler. They made their home in San Diego, CA for one year, while Leo was working at Consolidated Aircraft during WWII. Upon returning to Wenatchee, they made their home on Wenatchee Heights, where they grew apples, cherries and apricots. May was an active member in the community; she was a lifelong member of Beehive Grange #385, a member of Wenatchee Heights Women’s Club, and was a member of Saint Joseph Catholic Church and Holy Apostles Catholic Church in East Wenatchee. She also volunteered for Meals on Wheels and was a supporter of many service organizations and youth activities in the Valley. May loved exploring, adventures and reading. She travelled the world and it was not unusual to see pictures or hear of her adventures of para-sailing, riding camels, holding koalas, swinging on vines, climbing the Himalayas or petting brahma bulls.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Leo R. Gutzwiler; parents, Stella and Boleslaw Jagla; brother, Leonard; and sisters, Irene, Emelia and Helen. She is survived by her six sons, Jerry of Squilchuck, Norman and Myra of Malaga, Joseph of Belt, MT, Phil and Darlene of Malaga, Matt and Cindy of Malaga, and Richard and Karen of Wenatchee; daughter, Marian and Ken Permann of Belt, MT; 15 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
Holy Rosary for May Gutzwiler will be held at Telford’s Chapel of the Valley on Monday, July 14, 2014, at 6:00 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated Tuesday, July 15, 2014, at the Holy Apostles Catholic Church in East Wenatchee at 10:00 a.m. Concluding Services and the Interment will follow in the Evergreen Memorial Park. A luncheon will be held at the Holy Apostles Loranger gymnasium following Interment. Those who wish may make memorials to the Washington Talking Book & Braille Library, 2021 9th Avenue, Seattle WA 59121 or online at www.wtbbl.org or call 1-800-542-0866. This organization gave May many hours of joy and entertainment when she lost her sight approximately five years ago. Arrangements are by Telford’s Chapel of the Valley, East Wenatchee.