MENOMONEE FALLS

Shirley A. Podjaski (nee Olson)


Oct. 18, 1928 – March 10, 2014


Shirley A. Podjaski (nee Olson) was born to life at the hospital in Iron Mountain, Mich., on Oct. 18, 1928, and passed into eternal life on March 10, 2014, at the age of 85.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Harry and Verna Olson (Dettmann); husband Leonard; and brother, Ron.

She was the dear mother of Steven (Susan) of Waukesha, Ellyn (Joe) Dunne of Chenequa, Karen (Dale) Grossbier of Wisconsin Rapids, Lauren (Mark) Lewis of Menomonee Falls and Wayne (Patti) of Las Vegas; grandmother to Sarah, Sandra, Eric, Shelly, Nicole and David; step-grandmother to Emily and Patrick; sister to Carol (Ray) Phelps (Olson) of Kingsford, Mich.; brother to Ron Olson (Margaret) of Aurora; and great-grandmother to Isabel and John.

Shirley grew up in Aurora and was known as “Smoky” due to her dark black hair. She graduated from Kingsford High School in 1946 and moved to Milwaukee to start her career.

She met the love of her life, Leonard, in 1950 in Milwaukee and they were married on Nov. 15, 1952.

When her children were of school age, Shirley worked part time at Addison Warren Answering Service and later resumed her career in administrative office positions.

Shirley enjoyed family outings to Iron Mountain, Friess Lake and to the family’s Lake Camelot summer home, playing horseshoes, bowling, scrabble, sheepshead and other card games, sewing, travel, the piano and downhill skiing.

Leonard and Shirley retired to Las Vegas in 1986 and returned to Menomonee Falls in 2006.

Visitation is Saturday, March 15, from 10:30 am to noon; a funeral service will follow at Grace Lutheran Church, W196-N9525 Cross View Way, Menomonee Falls.

Shirley’s family would prefer, instead of flowers, that memorials be given to Grace Lutheran Church.

Schramka-Herrick Funeral Home of Menomonee Falls is serving the family. For more information, call 251-0330.