Wanda Roberta Wyluda, a woman of many interests who lived on Stephen Hand’s Path in East Hampton for many years, died in Southampton on Oct. 19 after a short illness.
“She was a housewife who loved to cook, sewed well, knitted, and was part of a weekly Scrabble game, which she excelled at,” her daughter, Susan Casper of East Hampton, said.
Mrs. Wyluda was born Jan. 27, 1918, in the East New York section of Brooklyn to Anthony Gurynowicz and Loretta Suchowska. She grew up there, attending a Polish grammar school and public high school. She was fluent in the language of her parents, her daughter said.
Although she was an excellent student, she left school at the age of 16 to work in New York City. As a young woman, she worked her way up to the position of secretary to David Schwaab, a manufacturer of ladies’ and men’s handkerchiefs. Later, she handled bookkeeping and paperwork for her husband’s business.
In her 50s, Mrs. Wyluda took up golf and was a member of the South Fork Country Club in Amagansett for many years. “She avoided any obvious forms of exercise,” her daughter said, “but lived to be almost 96.” Her mother “was a real animal lover,” Ms. Casper said, “but switched allegiance from dogs to cats many years ago.” She was also a crossword puzzle enthusiast. “She always had a book with her,” her daughter said.
She met Charles J. Wyluda at a Polish social club. They were married on Sept. 15, 1940, and lived in Brooklyn until moving, in 1949, to West Hempstead. Mr. Wyluda died in 2007. The couple moved to East Hampton in 1980, where Mrs. Wyluda became a faithful parishioner at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church. She and her husband loved to travel and spent many winters in the Caribbean, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico, also taking trips to Europe and across America. They could often be found at Little Albert’s Landing beach on summer days.
In addition to her daughter, Mrs. Wyluda is survived by two grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. A sister, Helen Leschinski, of Clinton, Conn., also survives. A funeral Mass will be said today at 10 a.m. at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church, the Rev. Msgr. Donald Hanson officiating. Mrs. Wyluda will be cremated, and her ashes will be dispersed in Hawaii and East Hampton.