Elizabeth ‘Betty’ LaBuwi
Elizabeth C. "Betty" Plischounig LaBuwi, 95, of Wausau, formerly of West Bend and Hartford, died Wednesday, April 18, 2007 at Wausau Aspirus Hospital under the care of Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services.
She was born Dec. 19, 1911, in Milwaukee, daughter of the late Otto and Anna (Schwartzmeier) Koller.
After graduating from Milwaukee Downer Col-lege in 1934, she worked as a case secretary for the Children’s Home and Aid Society in Milwaukee and later as secretary to the Washington County agricultural agent at the Washington County Courthouse in West Bend.
Betty married Frank Plischounig on Feb. 19, 1938, and they started Plischounig’s retail store that year.
The store changed from a paint and wallpaper store to a general department store, selling gifts, clothing, records and the first TV sets sold in the area.
She was the first woman to be a member of the West Bend Businessman’s Association.
Betty was also active in the West Bend Woman’s Club and acted in the West Bend Children’s Theatre.
She and Frank retired from business in 1966.
She was predeceased by her son William "Bill" in 1966 and by Frank in 1967.
She married Carl LaBuwi in December 1969, in Hartford.
She and Carl built a home on Carl’s homestead farm in Rubicon, and her retirement years were spent in the country, feeding birds, cats and walking her dogs.
While living in Rubicon, Betty was a member of the Hartford Hospital Auxiliary Pink Ladies, Senior Friends and St. Kilian's Daughters of Isabella and Christ-ian Mothers.
She also was a member of St. John’s Parish of Rubicon.
Betty and Carl wintered in McAllen, Texas, for many years.
Carl passed away in 1987.
While in Wausau, Betty was a member of St. Anne’s Parish.
Survivors include a daughter, Mary (Dennis) O’Flyng of Wausau; three grandchildren, Kristine O’Flyng of Wausau, Robin O’Flynn (Christ-opher O’Connor) of Kil-larney, Ireland and Kevin (Lisa) O’Flyng of, Wau-sau; and two great grandchildren. Christopher O’Flyng and Brianna O’Flyng Halverson.
She is also survived by a sister-in-law, Olga (Plishonig) Schley of Kansas City, Mo. and many nieces and nephews.
Besides her parents and husbands, Betty was preceded in death by her brother, Otto.
A celebration of Betty’s life will be held in conjunction with a funeral Mass at 11 a.m. at St. Kilian’s Church in Hartford, on Monday, April 23.
Friends may call at the church on Monday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service.
Burial will be at Holy Angels Cemetery in West Bend.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Washington County Humane Society or Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Service, Wausau.
Brainard Funeral Home, 522 Adams St., Wausau is in charge of arrangements
On-line condolences may be given at www.brainardfuneral. com.