Loretta Mierniczak, 89
May 7, 1926 Aug. 28, 2015

Loretta MierniczakLoretta Mierniczak, affectionately known as Lala to her family and friends, entered eternal peace Friday, Aug. 28, 2015 after a brief illness. She was born May 7, 1926, in Chicago to the late Joseph and Sophie (nee Gianlski) Kowal.

Lala grew up in Chicago, attending St. Florian School. During World War II, she worked as a telephone operator in Bremerton, Washington, continuing her work afterward in Chicago.

On Aug. 20, 1949, she was united in marriage to Stanley Mierniczak. In 1967, the family moved to West Bend. She worked at and retired from Enger Kress.

She was an avid volunteer at Lac Lawrann, was an enthusiastic member of the Half Century Program at the Kettle Moraine YMCA and also was involved with Young At Heart (which she was).

Loretta had many friends who, together with her family, remember her generosity, pride in her Polish heritage, fondness for her giraffe collection, her artistic capabilities and fun loving personality.

She was a loving wife of more than 66 years to Stanley; cherished mother to Karen Palamos of San Francisco and Robert of Grafton; proud grandmother to Jordan Palamos of Eugene, Oregon; and a dear sister of Paul Kowal of Rhode Island. She is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

A memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 6, at Holy Angels Catholic Church with the Rev. Jerome Repenshek presiding. A reception for family and friends will immediately follow the Mass at the Maurin Center at Lac Lawrann.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at The Kathy Hospice for all the care and compassion they provided to Loretta.

The Schmidt Funeral Home of West Bend is serving the family. Online guestbook and condolences available at www.schmidtfuneralhome.com.