This page contains an eulogy given by Professor Jack Mrowka for his mother during the May memorial service, and a remembrance by Gary Mrowka, one of Jack's brother. They reveal a side of Jack that most of colleagues, friends, and students may not get to see.
Jack and his family. The middle one in the back is Jack.
by Jack P. Mrowka
Our Mom was a truly awesome human being.
She was a magnificent role model for anyone wishing to live life to the fullest.
Mom had an incredible zest for life.
She was an “All American mother”.
Mom was the hardest working person I have ever known.
She was up early every day and stayed up late every night -- usually with knitting needles in full motion when she wasn’t playing cards with the family.
On Sundays we used to go to 6:30 am mass because it was the earliest one she could find to start the day.
Mom loved to dance and she beautifully danced her way through life, radiant and always projecting happiness and a positive attitude, with a flamboyance and style straight from Fredericks of Hollywood.
Our mother could be very serious when necessary, however she was mostly light and funny.
She was fearless and she made us very proud to be her sons.
I could boast that she was the only mother at my school who drove stock cars in powder-puff stock car races.
Our mother was the “breathe of fresh air” and “live-wire” in my father’s life and in my step-dad Paul Mason’s life as well.
She was the greatest and wisest parent I have ever known.
She was both a stern taskmaster and a gentle heart.
Make no mistake about it – she raised six boys.
She was the “heavy”, the enforcer, the bouncer AND she was the “warm hearth”, the “safe-haven” in the storm, the wise counsel with kindness and understanding.
Mom made sure we went to church every Sunday, and she gave us the great gift of the Catholic faith.
Mom was an outstanding teacher of life and living. She taught by her example, serving as an unforgettable role model for the hardest job in the world – parenting.
She treated each of her children very differently – not as one homogeneous same model – “one pattern fits all”.
Mom clearly understood our individual uniqueness, talents and needs.
She nurtured us and gave us our freedom to grow in the directions and careers that we chose – every one of the six boys being very different from the others.
She encouraged us to always do our best, work hard, and enjoy life with a positive attitude and care and kindness toward others.
Her’s was a wonderful and exciting life and she left the world a much better place because of her time and energy spent here on Earth.
She did change the world and made it a kinder and gentler place.
Thanks Mom –
from your loving sons and all who have benefited from your kindness
I must add a post script -- that in her latter years Mom especially loved all of her wonderful grand children and great-grand children. They and their achievements brought her great joy and satisfaction.
Thank you all in attendance for being so nice to my mother and bringing her so much joy in life.
by Gary Mrowka
We were deeply touched by the many kind remarks and tributes at Jack's memorial service and on this website from his colleagues and students. There were many things you shared of his accomplishments that we would not otherwise have known. As many of you shared, Jack was very humble about his successes, and would say to us "oh it's no big deal", if he shared them at all.