May 7, 1926 Oct. 27, 2016
Dolores Szalewski, 90, passed away peacefully on October 27, 2016, surrounded by her family.
She was born in Milwaukee on May 7, 1926, to Alois and Helen Becker. She had one sister, Lorraine, and two brothers, Eugene and Gerald.
In June of 1947, she married Emil Szalewski.
Together they had seven children: Kathleen (Michael) Johnson of Oconomowoc, Michael (Marcia) of Waukesha, Christine (Jeffery) Herrick of Mukwonago, Barbara (Kurt) Zipp of Darien, Jeffrey (Cheryl) of Rochester, Colleen (Perry) Wojcinski of Milwaukee, and Jennifer (Daniel) Halliburton of Waukesha. In addition she is survived by 19 grandchildren, Megan, Matthew, Alicia, Evan, Lisabeth, Erik, Alex, Max, Hannah, Madeline, Sam, Joe, Kristy, Mary, Abby, Claire, Kate, Greta and Jace, and 23 great-grandchildren, Jacob, Annabelle, Ryan, Colin, Logan, Jadyn, Shayla, Ronin, Jubal, Declan, Penelope, Mallory, Gunnar, Bode, Logan, Rebecca, Nathan, Parker, Paige, Amelia, Piper, Gus and Bryce. Dolores loved her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren very much and enjoyed all the time she spent with them.
She worked many different jobs over her life, but perhaps the one she enjoyed the most was her position as the head cook at Mukwonago High School. She loved preparing meals for her kids, was known to give football players a little extra mashed potatoes on game days and was well-known for the big chocolate chip cookies she prepared daily. She further showed her support for the athletic teams by selling tickets for basketball and football games. Even after her retirement, it was not unusual for former students to approach her wherever she may be and comment on how much they loved her. Their admiration for her was also shown in the fact that while still working, she was chosen as grand marshall for the homecoming parade twice!
Dolores was involved in many clubs and groups.
She was an active member of the St. Vincent de Paul Society and loved helping in all their activities especially the summer lunch program, hot meal programs, food pantry and Stations of the Cross. She was a longtime member of the St. James Christian Women and took much pride in organizing many bake sales and other fundraisers. She was a regular at the senior exercise group at the Village Hall and enjoyed going on many trips with the SAGES group, the Good Life Club and Red Hat Ladies. In addition, she traveled to England, Ireland, Italy and Hungary.
She participated in the foreign exchange student program and had a student from Venezuela live with her for a school year. That student returned for visits over the years and is now preparing to become a U.S. citizen.
Dolores was a Brownie leader and a 4-H project leader for baking, always excited to share her baking skills with children.
She enjoyed going to the face-to-face judging at the County Fair to support the children she worked with when they would bring in their bakery items for evaluation.
Dolores was a wonderful and caring mom, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend who loved everyone and they her.
There will be a visitation for Dolores from 3 PM to 6 PM on November 9, at St. James Catholic Church, 830 Highway NN East, Mukwonago, followed by Mass at 6 PM. Fellowship and refreshments will follow the Mass in the St. James Activity Center.
Schmidt & Bartelt Funeral and Cremation Services in Mukwonago is serving the family. For more information, call 262-363-7126 or visit online at www.schmidtandbartelt.com.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the St. Vincent de Paul Society of Mukwonago are preferred.