Halina Lawson (Wiklinski)
On Wednesday, May 16, 2018, the world lost a beautiful, funny, stubborn lady - Halina Ann Wiklinski Lawson. Halina was 82 when she was called to her heavenly home.
Halina was born to two Polish immigrants; Stanley Wiklinski and Henrietta Borkowski Wiklinski in Cleveland, Ohio. Halina was always on the move… sometimes not at “break-neck” speed which earned her the nickname “Pokey”. She was often late to things. You would never want to ask her directions if you really wanted to get somewhere.
Laughter was a big part of Halina’s life, when she laughed her baby blue eyes twinkled even more. She was always telling jokes and when she hit the punch line (and sometimes before), she burst out laughing. Halina was a generous, giving person who often gave more to others than her resources could support. Her family and friends can attest that as soon as Halina was aware that someone was coming to visit, she would crank up the old Nissan and head to Walmart to purchase the makings for a five-course meal. As soon as you entered her home, she would offer coffee, food, this and that. She never wanted you to leave hungry. There is no doubt that her spiritual gifts were “giving” and “service to others”
Halina had a talent for decorating, cooking, and adventure. In her lifetime, she started her own art gallery (Jalina's), helped with Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, and worked many years for a law firm. She was always ready to travel even when she got older and had more trouble getting around.
Halina was blessed with a large, loving family. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Edward Wiklinski; her sister Dee Gosiorowski. She is survived by her brother Stanley (Stash) Wiklinski and wife Barbara Wiklinski, son Bryan W. Lawson and wife Sandy Lawson, daughter Pamela Tisher and husband R. Douglas Tisher, daughter Jamie Upchurch and husband Randy Upchurch, grandchildren: Stefania Lawson Gustafson and husband Paul Gustafson, Adam Lawson and wife Keri Lawson, Emily Lawson, Steven Dunbar and fiancé Emily Hamblen, Catherine Upchurch and Caroline Upchurch, many cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends and a bruised and battered, bumper to bumper Nissan.
Halina is also survived by two very dear friends: Irene May of Chagrin Falls, Ohio: a friend for over 70 years and Maureen Schultz, Cookeville, Tennessee; a friend for more than 30 years.
Arrangements are as follows:
· Visitation 12:00 - 1:45pm (CST) at Crest Lawn Funeral Home
· Memorial Service will be held Saturday, May 19, 2018 beginning at 2:00pm at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Cookeville, Tennessee.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the American Heart Association.