Dolores G. Chmielewski of Grafton passed away on March 14, 2013, at the Columbia St. Maryís Ozaukee Hospital in Mequon at the age of 82. Family and friends celebrated her life at the Mueller Funeral Home & Crematory, in Cedarburg, on Monday, March 18, 2013, celebrated
by Father Tom Eichenberger of St. Francis Borgia Catholic Church.
Entombment took place at Resurrection Cemetery in Mequon.
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Dolores was born on Jan. 18, 1931, in Flora, Ill., the daughter of William Cupples and Ruth (nee Caldwell) Cupples. After her junior year in high school, Dolores lived in Washington D.C., where she graduated from Anacostia High School in 1948. After her fatherís military transfer to New Jersey, Dolores enrolled in Red Bank Business College and graduated the following year. She began working as a legal secretary, but eventually worked for civil service as a secretary in Fort Monmouth, N.J.
A few years later, Dolores was united in marriage to John E. Gooding while living in California. Their marriage was blessed with one son, John. She and her family relocated several times and eventually found a home in Rochelle, Ill., where she worked as a secretary for the Dean of Agriculture at a local community college.
After Johnís passing in April of 1989, she decided to move to Wisconsin to be closer to her son and his family. In 1992, she married Walter Chmielewski and acquired a much larger family, including two step-daughters and three step-grandsons. They enjoyed traveling, spending the winter months in Arizona, as well as gardening. Walter preceded her in death, exactly one year prior to her passing.
Dolores is survived by her son, John Gooding; step-daughters, Frances (Dan) Rudolph and Lynn Zirbes; grandchildren, Michael (Alycia) Gooding, Joseph A. Gooding, Jerome (Dawn) Zirbes III, Nicholas Rudolph, and Matthew Rudolph; great-grandchildren, Jackson Gooding, Anika Preder and Vincent Zirbes; and sister, Cathy Cupples. She is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and many special friends.
Dolores was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, John E. Gooding and Walter Chmielewski; and brother, Dennis Cupples.
Mueller Funeral Home & Crematory is assisting the family.