Orpha Lloyd Piekarski

Oct. 3, 1927 – May 14, 2013

Orpha Lloyd Piekarski died at Patriot Place in Berlin on Tuesday, May 14, 2013, of a rare lung disease. She was born to Louis and Margaret Lloyd on Oct. 3, 1927.

She attended Clark School and Berlin High School, Class of 1945. She then worked at the Berlin Shopping News. She married Carl Piekarski on Nov. 22, 1951, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Berlin. They lived in and around Berlin until moving to the Delafield area, where they later bought a home.

She worked at the Oconomowoc Enterprise/Brown Printing Co., eventually serving as customer service manager until her retirement in 1987. A widow since 1977, she returned to Berlin to be close to her family, where she pursued her interests such as traveling throughout North America with a senior group, many of whom became good friends. Always joking that she had ink in her blood, she worked part time at the Berlin Journal until she was 83. She was also very involved with the CHN Hospital Auxiliary and Berlin Senior Center, volunteering her generous spirit wherever she was needed. She was a member of the former St. Joseph Altar Society and All Saints Altar Society. Like many of her generation, she was skilled at creating something special with limited resources, yet always managed to leave something better than she found it.

She had two daughters, Vicki (husband Jon Tuska) of Portland, and Shari (husband Rick Tubbs) in Coralville, Iowa. Her only grandchild, Jennifer Tuska, also resides in Portland. She is also survived by one sister, Ruth Krause in Berlin, and a brother, Pat Lloyd (wife Polly) in Madison.

Her parents and husband preceded her in death as did sisters Genevieve Pribnow, Lois Guenther Wagner and Florence Stickney; brothersin- law Clarence Stickney, Fred Krause, Clarence Pribnow, Henry Guenther and Edwin Wagner; a nephew, Arnie Pribnow; and a niece, Judy Zirbel.

Memorials in Orpha’s name may be made to All Saints Catholic Church in Berlin or the Agnesian Hospice Hope, 245 South St., Green Lake, WI 54941.