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Obituary for Lucille Rae (Laurie) Kiszka


Lucille Rae (Laurie) Kiszka, 90, died on Thursday February 13, 2020, at Brookdale Clare Bridge Memory Care in La Crosse, Wis., where she was a resident for the past two years. Lucille “Lu” was born on October 20, 1929, to Felicia (Vitacco) and Rocco Laurie. She grew up one of three children in a close knit Italian-American family on the north side of Chicago. Lu attended Austin High School in Chicago, where she graduated in 1947. She met Joseph Kiszka on a blind date set up by their best friends. They were married in 1950 and were blessed to enjoy 66 years of marriage. Lucille worked as a secretary for a short time but later devoted herself full-time as a homemaker and mother. Lucille and Joseph had two children, Richard and Mary Jo. The family moved from Chicago to Palatine, a northwest suburb, in 1958. Family was paramount to Lucille; she was a loving and devoted daughter, granddaughter, wife, mother, and grandmother. She was a perfectionist in every endeavor. She had high expectations for herself and for her family. Lucille was known for her unsurpassed cleaning skills, wonderful cooking and baking talents, and her ability to remember the lyrics and sing along with popular songs. She thoroughly enjoyed family trips, including sightseeing throughout the United States and repeated trips to Disney World with her children and grandchildren. In later years, Lu completed two trips to Europe, with Italy as a highlight. Lucille was strong in her religious beliefs; she maintained a daily novena devotion to “Our Lady of Sorrows” throughout her entire adult life. She enjoyed volunteer work, helping out occasionally in Palatine area schools, but most particularly volunteering weekly at Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights, IL for over 30 years. Lucille and Joseph moved to Onalaska in 2014 to live with their daughter and son-in-law. Lucille struggled with dementia, which became increasingly debilitating in recent years. She moved to Brookdale Clare Bridge Memory Care in June 2018. Lucille is survived by her son, Richard (Patricia) of Columbus, Ind. and her daughter, Mary Jo (John) Snow of Onalaska. She is also survived by three grandchildren, Caroline (Joshua) Brosmer of Bargersville, Ind., Joseph (Alicia) Kiszka of Dallas, Texas, and Christopher (Nichole) Snow of Houston, Texas. Lucille was also blessed to be a great-grandmother to Andrew Kiszka, of Dallas. Lucille was preceded in death by her husband in 2017; her granddaughter, Alyssa, in 2019; as well as her parents, siblings, and other extended family. A Roman Catholic Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Saturday, February 22, 2020, at the Roncalli Newman Catholic Church, 1732 State Street, La Crosse. Father Billy Dodge will officiate. A light luncheon will be served following the Mass. There will be a visitation at Newman starting at 9:00 a.m. until the time of Mass. Internment will be at All Saints Cemetery in Des Plaines, Ill., at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Lu’s memory to Northwest Community Hospital Foundation, 800 W. Central Road, Arlington Heights, Ill. Lu’s family would like to express a special thanks and sincere appreciation for the love, patience, and attention that she was provided by the staff at Brookdale Clare Bridge. You gave her great comfort and love during her final days. Jandt-Fredrickson Funeral Homes and Crematory, Woodruff Chapel, La Crosse is assisting the family during their time of need. Online condolences may be offered at the funeral home website, www.jandtfredrickson.com.