Eugene C. Lewandowski, 91

Eugene Christopher Lewandowski passed away surrounded by family and friends at his home in Cedarburg on Oct. 22, 2012.

Born in Lodz, Poland, on Dec. 30,1920, he came to the United States after serving in the U.S. Third Army’s Counter Intelligence Corps (CIC) in Eastern Europe. His knowledge of five languages made him a valuable asset in areas of eastern Poland immediately after the war.

During the war, he was a member of the "AK," one of five elements of the Polish resistance to the Nazi Occupation, engaging in sabotage action and combat against Nazi forces. He was imprisoned by both the Nazis and the Russians during the war.

He came to Chicago in 1949, meeting and marrying his wife, Marie Batelt, in 1952, also from Lodz, while studying at Northwestern University’s business college and working for Marshall Field. He eventually became the chief buyer of textiles for Marshall Field, displaying the knowledge and good taste he inherited from his family’s long involvement in textiles in Poland. His success there led to his recruitment by Reigel Textiles in North Carolina where he became CEO in 1972.

Jack Winter eventually lured him back to the Midwest where he became the CEO of Winter’s 78-store Mary Lester Fabrics chain in Milwaukee in 1975. Lewandowski retired in 1982. He spent his retirement cultivating magnificent flower gardens on his property and entertaining friends and family.

Eugene is survived by his wife, Milwaukee area artist Marie Lewandowski; his son, Dr. Christopher Lewandowski; and daughter in law, Dr. Jeanne G, Lewandowski of Detroit; and daughter; Anne Lewandowski; and son-in-law, Peter Kranstover (U.S. Embassy- Islamabad, Pakistan) and his loving grandchildren, Michael, Andrew, Stephanie, Katherine, Michael and Daniel.

A memorial Mass will be celebrated Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012, at St. Francis Borgia North Catholic Church, 1375 Covered Bridge Road, Cedarburg, at 1 p.m. Family will receive relatives and friends at church from 10:30 a.m. until the time of the Mass.

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Mueller Funeral Home & Crematory in Cedarburg is assisting the family.