Elsie ‘Muzzy’ Lloyd Wachowitz

June 22, 1917 - May 10, 2008

Elsie Wachowitz, born June 22, 1917, was born to eternal life Saturday, May 10, 2008.

Adoring wife and mother, aunt, grandmother, great-aunt and great-grandmother, Elsie was born in Milwaukee and lived in Wales, Great Britain, for a time in her youth. A graduate of Shorewood High School, Elsie went on to graduate magna cum laude with a degree in law from Court TV. Over the course of her life, Elsie worked at the Waukesha Public Library, as a secretary for both a car dealership and a real estate company, and tended the Walgreen Drug Store jewelry counter.

A passionate woman, her great loves included her husband, Wally, her family, playing video poker (especially in Las Vegas), bridge and other card games. She was a fervent golfer and a lifetime member of Merrill Hills Country Club. Elsie enjoyed bowling in many leagues, tournaments and pot games, and had the honor of induction to the Waukesha Bowling Hall of Fame in 1995. Elsie was a devoted sports fan, both watching and attending many basketball, bowling, golf, tennis and football events brought her great joy.

Elsie inspired many nicknames from friends and family; a few of these included Muzzy, Elsie the Great and Gabby. We all enjoyed her unique turn of a phrase, biting wit and entertaining stories. Elsie was a great lover of animals, chocolate and especially the simple pleasure of a cigarette and a cup of Mary’s coffee.

Elsie is survived by her daughters, Mary Ellen (Craig) Bear Sr. and Jill Ann Collins (Paul Hill), both of Waukesha; son, Walter Wachowitz III of Baraboo; favorite (and only) niece, Kathy Vick; and brother-in-law, Stanley Piza. Elsie’s grandchildren, Elizabeth (Betsy) Bear, Kristin Leigh Bear, Noah Daniel (Jenny) Collins, Craig Edward (Heather) Bear Jr. and Matthew Spencer Collins, and favorite (and only) great-grandniece, Stacy Vick, further survive her. "Elsie the Great" also had six great-grandchildren, Jaryn Isabel Bear, Quinn Patrick Collins, Lila Paige Collins, Natalie Nicole Bear, Damien Patrick Collins and Nessa Roisin Bear.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ellen and Hugh Lloyd; her husband, Walter Wachowitz Jr.; in-laws, Angeline and Walter Wachowitz Sr.; sister-in-law, June "Tutu" Piza; grandson, John Walter Collins; and a son-in-law, David Betry.

The remaining members of her fan club include her Las Vegas "roomie" Kay Cullen, the "best story teller" Ginger Holm, Alex Trebeck, Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods.

There will be a private service for the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made in Elsie’s honor to the Waukesha Women’s Center, P.O. Box 554, Waukesha, WI 53187-0554, or the Humane Animal Welfare Society (HAWS) of Waukesha County, 701 Northview Road, Waukesha, WI 53188.

For further information, please call Randle-Dable Funeral, Cremation and Preplanning Services at 547-4035 or go to to leave an online tribute.