Lila M. Melby

March 18, 1932 – Jan. 8, 2011

Lila M. Melby of Waukesha died unexpectedly Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011, at home at the age of 78. She was born March 18, 1932, the daughter of Henry and Mabel Mester in Belmont.

Lila was a longtime, active member of St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church. She and her family served coffee and cookies after church services for more than 25 years. She was the sunshine lady, proofread the church newsletter and church bulletins and served as church librarian for many years. Lila was co-superintendent of the open foods class at the Waukesha County Fair with her daughter, Cindy, since 1994. She entered many baking competitions for Waukesha County and the Wisconsin State Fair for many years. Lila was a service representative for the Social Security office and was also a member of the Waukesha Elks Ladies.

Lila will be sadly missed by her husband, William "Bill"; her children, Mark and Cynthia "Cindy," both of Waukesha; and her sister, Alice (Merle) Klein of Platteville. She is further survived by other relatives and many friends.

Visitation will be held from 3:30 p.m. until the 6 p.m. funeral service Wednesday, Jan. 12, at St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 424 Hyde Park Ave., Waukesha. The Rev. Larry Smith will officiate. Burial will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 13, at Prairie Home Cemetery (meet at the cemetery office).

Memorials are appreciated to the family to be donated to Lila’s favorite charities at a later date.

Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home is serving the family. For the online obituary or cards of condolence, please visit www.WaukeshasFuneralHome.com or call the funeral home at 542-6609.