Lela M. Olejniczak

June 7, 1935 – Feb. 5, 2013

Lela M. Olejniczak, 77, of Shawano, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013, in Appleton. Born on June 7, 1935, in Ladysmith, she was one of nine children born to the late Charles and Eva (Hink) Latz.

On Sept. 8, 1951, she was united in marriage to Walter Olejniczak Jr. at the St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Gilman. Lela owned and operated the “Stop & Shop” in Wales, and was a loving mother to her six children. In her free time, she enjoyed playing guitar and the accordion, singing and dancing.

Lela is survived by her six children, Bernie (Teresa) Olejniczak, Debbie (Robert) Doxtator, Doreen (Carl) Del Carpio, Wanda Olejniczak, Jillene Bloom and Wayne (Cece) Karmikel; 16 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and three siblings, Shirley Mayo, Irene Konsella and Marilyn Story.

Lela was preceded in death by her husband, Walter, on July 16, 1978; her parents; and five siblings, Albert “Albie” Latz, Jean Roever, Charles Latz, Lucille Herrick and Earl Duane Latz.

In honor of Lela’s wishes, no public funeral services will be held. Special remembrance Masses with be held at the St. John’s Catholic Church in Sheldon and at the First Congregational Church in Genesee.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, the family asks that donations be sent to one of the churches.

Swedberg Funeral Home in Shawano, 715-526-2631, is assisting the family with the arrangements. Visit online at