Mary Joan Vercimak

Mary Joan Vercimak (Joan) age 92, passed away on March 28. Joan was born on July 7, 1926, in Tacoma, Washington, to Steve Rodzinak Sr. and Mary (Hiblar) Rodzinak. 

She married Stephen Robert Vercimak on June 7, 1944, in Fort Bridger. He preceded her in death on April 23, 1967. 

Joan was very involved in her faith and served many through her membership at Saint Helen’s Catholic Church. She was a member of the Council of Catholic Woman. She worked at the Wyoming State Hospital and also worked as a living history interpreter at the Fort Bridger State Historic Site and Museum. Most of all, she enjoyed being on the ranch and spending time with her family. 

Joan is survived by her children: John (Robyn) Vercimak of Grover; Stephen George Vercimak of Gillette; Nancy (Kendall) Berrier, of Rock Springs; Larry (Susanne) Vercimak of Fort Bridger; Tony (Dolores) Vercimak of Casper; Jim (Jennifer) Vercimak, of Evanston; and Stephanie Vercimak (Van Capansky) of Midland, Texas. Also surviving her are six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; along with step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

Joan was preceded in death by her husband; parents; sister, Margaret Guild; brother, Steve Rodzinak Jr.; and an infant grandson, Adam John Vercimak. 

Funeral Mass and a celebration of life with Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 3, at Saint Helen’s Catholic Church in Fort Bridger. Rosary will be at 7 p.m. on Tuesday. Friends and family may call at the church one hour prior to the Rosary on Tuesday and one hour prior to Mass on Wednesday. Interment will be in the Fort Bridger Cemetery.

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