Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Elizabeth Marie Miskulin

Elizabeth M. Miskulin, 82, passed away peacefully at her home on January 11, 2011.

Elizabeth was born in Racine on September 10, 1928, to the late Alexander and Elizabeth (nee: Westrich) Poplawski. Elizabeth was united in marriage to Louis Miskulin on September 15, 1951, and they were happily married for 55 years. Elizabeth’s positive outlook on life and her non-judgmental, unconditional love of her family and friends enhanced her marriage and all those lucky enough to know her. As a couple, Louis and Elizabeth made many treasured friendships at school, church, in their old neighborhood on Park Avenue, their new neighborhood on Wisconsin Avenue, through their many travels throughout the world, and everywhere they went.

Elizabeth graduated from Saint Mary’s grade school and St. Catherine’s High School and she maintained friendships with many classmates from both schools throughout her adult years. After high school, she worked at SC Johnson Wax until the time of her marriage. She enjoyed being a homemaker and raising her children while spending leisure time with neighbors, family and friends. Elizabeth was an avid reader, she enjoyed doing cross stitch, baking and canning, volunteering at Harmony Club, Girl Scouts, churches and schools, gardening, singing in church choirs, playing Cribbage, Friendly Neighbor and other card games, bowling, doing crossword puzzles and reading stories to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Most of all, she just loved spending time with her family.

Words and thoughts that come to mind when we think of our Mom and our Grandma are … apple strudel, patience, Easter egg hunts, evenly divided frozen cherries, fairness, the way she loved each grandchild and made them feel special, positive, the best Mom in the world, compassionate, Poky Little Puppy, cribbage, forgiving, candy dish/candy stashes, cut-out Christmas cookies, selfless, home-made pies, Happy Birthday sung over the phone, humor and puns, forgiving, warm home-baked bread, canned tomatoes, singing in the car, Teeny Tiny Sweet tarts, canned jam, juice boxes, coin banks, sewing, singing Peter Cottontail, Green Eggs and Ham, Chicken Bisquits, “music without words,” gag gifts at Christmas, the smell of grandma’s hutch, generous, “sore feet” Santa, the food fairy that ate your mushrooms, everything a Grandma should be!

Elizabeth is survived by one son, John (Leslie) Miskulin of Valparaiso, Indiana; and five daughters, Liz Bruns of Racine, Ruth (Stan) Sylva of Aurora, Colorado, Sue (Gerry) Harsh of Racine, Ellen (Dave) Peters of Racine, and Mary (Tommi) Sjogren of Waukesha.

She is also survived by 12 grandchildren; Kara (Scott) Reske, Emily (Scott) Schoenfelder, Lauren (Colin) MacPhail, Justin (Jen) Sylva, Ryan (Jimmi) Sylva, Kristen (Isaiah) Kerns, Jason Harsh, Amelia Harsh, Alex Defatte, Maddie Miskulin, Niko Sjogren, Niina Sjogren and Rebecca Sjogren.

Elizabeth was blessed with 13 great-grandchildren; David, Kallia and Elliott Reske, Ava, Duncan and Oscar Schoenfelder, Finnigan and Jonas MacPhail, Devon and Gabriel Sylva, Katarina, Wyatt and Blake Sylva, and Caitlin Kerns. Elizabeth will be fondly and lovingly remembered by her brother-in-law, Albert (Doris) Miskulin and many other relatives and friends.

Elizabeth was preceded in death by her husband, Louis Miskulin; one granddaughter, Rebecca Sjogren; and one great-grandson, Oscar Schoenfelder.

Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the Wilson Funeral Home on Friday evening, January 14, 2011, from 4 until 7 p.m. with a Prayer Vigil at 7 p.m. Visitation will also be held at St. Richards Catholic Church, 1509 Grand Ave., on Saturday morning from 8:30 a.m. until the time of the Mass. A mass of Christian Burial will be held at the Church on Saturday morning, January 15, 2011, at 9:30 a.m. with Father Ron Gramza and Deacon Howie Wirtz officiating. Entombment will be held at Calvary Cemetery following the services. Memorials to your favorite charity have been suggested.

The Miskulin family would like to express their deepest appreciation to Vitas Hospice (especially Jennifer) and the staff at Franciscan Gardens (especially Lisa, Sara, and Dawn) for the kindness and compassion that was given to both Elizabeth and the Miskulin family.

Wilson Funeral Home
1212 Lathrop Ave., Racine 262-634-3361

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