Helen M. Lesjak

April 9, 1915 - July 11, 2011

Helen M. Lesjak of Pewaukee, formerly a longtime Milwaukee resident, died Monday, July 11, 2011, at AngelsGrace Hospice in Oconomowoc at the age of 96. She was born in Poniatowski on April 9, 1915, the daughter of John and Barbara (nee Fichtinger) Krell.

On May 27, 1929, she graduated from the eighth grade. Helen loved to sew and worked at her sister Anna's dress shop. She also enjoyed sewing clothes and quilting for her church, St. Bernadette's in Milwaukee. She was most recently a member of St. Anthony on the Lake Catholic Church in Pewaukee. Helen was a very busy woman who accomplished many things in her full life. She was loved dearly by her family.

She will be sadly missed by her son-in-law, Charles J. Waldvogel of Waukesha; her two grandchildren, Julia (Kevin) Grove of Hammond and Michael (Melissa) Waldvogel of Sun Prairie; and three great-grandchildren, Megan and Kaleigh Waldvogel and Elizabeth Grove. She is further survived by her sister, Sister Christopher (Josephine) Krell, along with nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Lesjak, on Sept. 10, 1990; her daughter, Carol Waldvogel, on March 30, 2007; her brothers, John and Tony; and two sisters, Anna and Frances.

The family would like to extend a very special and warm thank you to Dr. Patrick O'Malley and all the staff and volunteers at AngelsGrace Hospice for the care, compassion and love provided to Helen during her two-month stay.

The family is also most grateful to Dr. Paul Doenier and staff for their superb care given to Helen over the past four years.

Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. until the 11 a.m. funeral Mass on Friday, July 15, at St. Anthony on the Lake Catholic Church, W280-N2101 Highway SS, Pewaukee. The Rev. Tony Zimmer will preside. Entombment will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friday at Holy Cross Cemetery in Milwaukee. Please meet at the cemetery office.

Memorials are appreciated to the Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa, 585 County Road Z, Sinsinawa, WI 53824-9701; or to AngelsGrace Hospice, W359-N7430 Brown St., Oconomowoc, WI 53066.

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