Elizabeth M. Gosa, 86

Elizabeth Marie Gosa, 86, a lifelong Waukesha resident, was born to eternal life on Monday, March 5, 2012.

She was born in Waukesha on July 19, 1925, the daughter of the late Glen C. and Marie (nee Kleinsteiber) Walker. She graduated from Waukesha High School in 1943. During World War II she proudly contributed to the war effort by making mortar shells at the local ammunition factory. She married World War II veteran Gerald J. Sr. ("Jed") on July 21, 1945, and they celebrated 57 memorable years together.

Elizabeth devoted her life to her family and friends. Her dedication to her family and home was renowned. She was an active member in the community as part of the Lionesses and Women’s Catholic Study Club and supported numerous foundations. Following Jed’s retirement, they enjoyed traveling in their motor home as well as abroad, and were loyal spectators at their children’s and grandchildren’s numerous activities. Both Elizabeth and Jed were proud graduates of Waukesha High School Class of 1943 and enjoyed the numerous class reunions and luncheons.

The celebration of Gerald’s and Elizabeth’s lives and love for their family will continue to be shared among all their descendants – five children, 17 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren, one great-great grandchild, and many more to follow.

Elizabeth was the beloved wife of the late Gerald J. Sr ("Jed"); proud mother of Kathleen (Dean) Hunter, Gerald J. Jr., "Jerry" (Mary) Gosa, Cindy (Warren) Schlei, James M. "Jamie" (Cindy) Gosa and Mary (Michael) Sanford.

Grandmother of Laura Pickett, Deborah Cybela, Matthew (Jennifer) Hunter, Amy (Tim) Kelly, Rachel (James) Lustig, David (Keri) Gosa, Katharine (Matt) Gosa, Colleen (Daniel) Nalepinski, Douglas (Autumn) Schlei, Marcus (Stefanie) Schlei, Curtis Schlei, Lisa (Kyle) Gosa, Kristin (Guy) Welch, James Jr. (Kara) Gosa, John (Natalie) Gosa, Sarah Kemp, Emily (Matthew) DeWane.

Great-grandmother of Samantha and Abigail Pickett (children of Laura), Jessica and Brenden Hunter, Jacob Cybela (children of Deborah), Rebecca and Andrew Hunter (children of Matthew and Jennifer), Leah, Tyler, Lily, and Jackson Lustig (children of Rachel and James), Reagan and Ellie Gosa (children of David and Keri), Audriella Schlei (daughter of Douglas and Autumn), Nathaniel Schlei (son of Marcus and Stefanie), Bradley, Angela, and David Powell (children of Lisa), Marshall and William Welch (children of Kristin and Guy), James III and Jayden Gosa (children of James II and Kara), Jaxon Gosa (son of John and Natalie), Anna Johnson and Dominic Gonzalez (children of Sarah), Jonathan DeWane (son of Emily and Matthew).

Great-great-grandmother of Annahleah Hunter (daughter of Jessica). She was also survived by both her and her husband’s lifelong high school friend Bill Beitz, and many nieces, nephews, as well as other relatives and friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister Virginia (nee Walker) Korbas, brothers Glen ("Andy") and Robert Walker, and grandchildren Billy and Jennifer.

Visitation was held on Friday, from 4-7 p.m. at Church and Chapel Funeral Home, 380 Bluemound Road (JJ) at Highway J, just four blocks south of I-94.

Mass of Christian burial was held on Saturday, March 10, 2012 at 11 a.m. at St. Anthony’s on the Lake Catholic Church W280 N2101 Highway SS, Pewaukee. Entombment followed at St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Waukesha.

Elizabeth supported numerous charities, in lieu of flowers; memorials in Elizabeth’s name may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice or Kewaskum Youth Scholarships, Inc. (KEYS, Inc.) A special thank you to the staff and volunteers at Angels Grace Hospice for taking such compassionate care of Elizabeth and her family. Online information can be found at: www.churchandchapel.com.