Eleanor E. ‘Shortie’ Fabisiak (nee Moore)
Oct. 10, 1929 – Nov. 22, 2010
Eleanor E. “Shortie” Fabisiak (nee Moore) of Waukesha died peacefully at home with her family by her side Monday, Nov. 22, 2010, at the age of 81.
Eleanor was born Oct. 10, 1929, in Keyser, the daughter of Orvel Moore Sr. and Bertha E. (Hippler) Moore. Her family moved to Waukesha in 1944, where she worked at the Moor Mud Baths. She graduated in June 1947 from Waukesha High School then married the love of her life, Gregory Fabisiak, on Oct. 18, 1947.
Eleanor and Greg owned and operated Shorties Superette, a grocery store in Genesee Depot. They were honored by Broadway star patrons Alfred Lunt, Lynn Fontanne and Helen Hayes. Later, she worked in the Waukesha County clerk’s office handling fishing and hunting licenses. Eleanor was an energetic, life-loving woman. She loved meeting up with her friends to chat and in her downtime she enjoyed working on her crossword and other mind-boggling puzzles. She loved shopping, especially for Christmas. She was an avid bowler, card player and bingo player and enjoyed reading the newspaper. She couldn’t get enough of watching football, basketball and baseball.
Eleanor is survived by her loving husband and best friend of 63 years, Greg M. Fabisiak; loving daughter, Mary Ann (David) Idleman; loving granddaughters, Melissa (Nicholas) Henriksen and Miranda Idleman; the apple of great-grandma’s eye, Braden Michael Henriksen; sister, Angie (Herb) Katzner; sisters-in-law, Donna (Tom) Moore-Sambs, Adeline Fabisiak and Evelyn Fabisiak; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Margaret “Muggs” Fabisiak; brothers, Ernest and Orvel; and sisters, Dorothy (Moore) Santo and Lois (Moore) Williams.
Visitation will be held from 3:30 p.m. until the 5:30 p.m. funeral service Tuesday, Nov. 30, at Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home, 237 N. Moreland Blvd., Waukesha. The Rev. Peter Peterson will officiate. Entombment will be at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 1, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery, Waukesha (meet at the cemetery).
In lieu of flowers, memorials appreciated to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home, Cremation and Pre-Planning Services is serving the family. For further information, please call 542-6609, or for directions, an online obituary or to leave a condolence, please visit www.waukeshasfuneralhome.com.