Roy Matthew Piala

On Christmas morning, Roy’s spirit left his body in the waves of the Pacific Ocean off a beach in Costa Rica. He was 26 and was on a much-deserved Christmas vacation. Roy is a most beloved son of James and Catherine Piala and best buddies with his brothers: Chad (Emily), Quinn (Amanda), Kurt and Glenn. Grandpa Ed Piala survives Roy, as does Roy’s beloved Molly Luterbach. Roy was loved by many aunts, uncles, cousins, friends and customers who nearly always became friends.

Roy graduated from Waukesha West High School in 2003. He took many classes at MATC and worked his way up to part owner and manager of Piala’s Nursery and Garden Shop, Inc. Customers marveled at Roy’s vast knowledge of horticulture and his willingness to share it with them. Each year, Roy looked forward to producing a beautiful crop of flowers and other plants for his customers.

Roy loved animals of all kinds as evidenced by the flock of peacocks and other birds that roam the Piala’s Nursery grounds. He also has a petting zoo for customers and his own enjoyment. He will be sadly missed by his blue heelers, Roxie and Blucee.

Roy, our hearts are broken
at your loss. Our faith
gives us hope that
we will soon
meet again.

Visitation will be held Monday, Jan. 2, from 3 p.m. until 9 p.m. at Randle-Dable-Brisk Funeral Home, 1110 S. Grand Ave., Waukesha. A vigil service will be held at 7 p.m. following an "open mic" time for sharing stories. Please bring your stories of Roy. A second visitation will take place Tuesday, Jan. 3, from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. at St. John Neumann Catholic Church, 2400 W. State Road 59, Waukesha. The funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Interment will follow at St. Paul’s Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Roy’s name may be made to the Wildlife in Need Center, W349-S1480 S. Waterville Road, Suite B, Oconomowoc, WI 53066, or to the family to be used according to their wishes.

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