Gaza E. aka G. Edward ‘Ed’ Piala

June 13, 1918 – May 10, 2012

Ed is survived by his three children, James (Catherine) Piala, John (Suzan) Piala and Marilyn (Shawn) Harms; seven grandsons; a granddaughter; two greatgrandsons; his brother, Joseph (Madelon) Piala, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary; his sister, Emily (Ed) Mezerski; grandsons, David Piala and Roy Piala; and a nephew, Thomas Piala.

Ed graduated from Spencerian Business College in Milwaukee, where he studied business administration and accounting. He was a federal civil service employee for 37 years. Thirty-one of these years he worked in Chicago for the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Commodity Futures Authority. He was a deputy director for the Accounting and Investigation Department. Ed was a World War II veteran of the Army Air Corps and held the rank of staff sergeant.

After his retirement from the federal government, he helped Jim and Cathy Piala establish Piala’s Nursery and Garden Shop in Waukesha. For many years, his personability with customers and his accounting experience made him a great asset for the business.

He was a kind, caring and generous father and grandfather. He will be missed. May he rest in peace.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Monday, May 14, at St. John Neumann Catholic Church, 2400 W. Highway 59, Waukesha. A funeral mass with The Rev. John Schreiter presiding will follow at 11 a.m. Interment will be at Holy Sepulcher Cemetery in Cudahy.

In lieu of flowers, memorials will be accepted for St. John Neumann Catholic Church.

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