Sunday, April 24, 2011

Obituary: Leada (Hoecherl) Pawlowski

FOND DU LAC/MADISON - Leada's parents emigrated from Germany to Alberta, Canada where she was born Jan. 27, 1913. She died Monday, April 18, 2011, at the Fond du Lac Lutheran Home.

Her family moved from Canada to Spooner in 1919 where they farmed for many years. She left home at 13 to work as a nanny in Madison while attending Central High School. After graduation she left for Milwaukee where she received her RN degree after training at St. Mary's Hospital. She met and married Clarence Pawlowski and they celebrated 66 years of marriage before he died in 2001.

She worked for more than 25 years at Johnston Emergency Hospital in Milwaukee and after retiring they moved back to Spooner, bought a motor home and traveled all over the United States, Canada and Mexico. Her husband's failing health brought them to Madison in 1990 so her Madison area family could help them in their remaining years.

She is survived by two daughters, Nancy Socha of Murrells Inlet, S.C., and Judith (Albert) Jaloviar of Madison. She is also survived by five grandsons, Jeff (Sally) Jaloviar of Draper, Utah, John (Sunny) Jaloviar of Tampa, Fla., and Steven (Amy) Jaloviar of Portland, Ore., Steve (Virginia) Socha of Conway, S.C., and Tim Socha of Lexington, N.C.; as well as 14 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren. She is further survived by her sister, Bertha Hansen of Spooner; sister-in-law, Marie Hoecherl of Shell Lake; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; son-in-law, Jerome Socha; brothers, John, Louis, William and August Hoecherl; and her sisters, Francis Smith and Anne Draeger.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, April 30, 2011, at ST. PETER CATHOLIC CHURCH, 5001 N. Sherman Ave., Madison, at 11 a.m. with Monsignor Charles Schluter officiating. A visitation will be held at the church on Saturday from 10 a.m. until the time of Mass. Interment will be held in the Spooner Cemetery on Monday, May 2, 2011, at 10 a.m.

The family would like to especially thank the staff of the Pathways Unit at the Fond du Lac Lutheran Home for the loving care they gave her for the past four years.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Parkinson's Research or the Fond du Lac Lutheran Home, 244 N. Macy St., Fond du Lac, WI 54935.

"God saw she was getting tired and a cure was not to be; so He put His arms around her and whispered 'Come with me;' with tearful eyes we watched her suffer and saw her fade away; although we loved her dearly we could not make her stay; a golden heart stopped beating, hardworking hands to rest; God broke our hearts to prove to us, He only takes the best."

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on April 24, 2011 (submitted by Michael Vahldieck, Class of 1968)

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