Rita F. Lilla

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Rita F. Lilla, 88, Krakow, passed away Thursday, April 14, 2017. The daughter of the late Joseph Sr. and Frances (Gorski) Lilla was born January 28, 1929, in Milwaukee. At the age of 13, Rita moved to the Krakow area with her family and graduated from Pulaski High School in May, 1947. After graduation she was employed as the secretary to the Principal of the high school for four years. In June 1951, Rita moved back to Milwaukee where she worked for Globe Steel Tube Company, later named Babcock & Wilcox Steel Company, in the production control department for 11 years. She then worked for Milwaukee County Civil Service Court House, Park Commission Office for eight years. Rita then transferred to the Horticultural Conservatory, Mitchell Park Domes for 19 years. In total, she worked for Civil Service for 27 years. As a part time job, Rita worked at the Milwaukee County Stadium for nine years during Milwaukee Brewers baseball games, Packers games, and rock concerts.

Retiring in October 1989, Rita moved back to Krakow. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting, and solving crossword puzzles. She was an avid reader. Rita also enjoyed watching old time movies on TV and videos. She knitted mittens for needy children all year round. She also was a volunteer at the Pulaski Senior Center, where she did clerical work. Rita took at least one long trip a year, plus shorter one or two day trips. She also belonged to the Red Hatters and the Council of Catholic Women at Assumption B.V.M. Church in Pulaski.

She was a Godmother to Fred Wauters, Darrell Lilla, and Rosemary Migascz.

Survivors include her siblings: Eugene Lilla, Krakow, and Joyce “Susie” Wauters, Green Bay; a sister-in-law: Phyllis Lilla, Krakow; four nephews: Fred Wauters and his children: Chad, Jack, Frances, and Leah; Thomas (Patti) Wauters and their children: Josh and Ashely; Dale (Dar) Wauters; Darrell (Angela) Lilla and their children: Tricia, Rocky, and Hunter; two nieces: Debra Wauters and her daughter, Alyssa; Bonnie (Rodger) Kaczmarowski and their children: Josh, Ashley, and Brooke.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Frances; brother, Joseph Lilla Jr., infant brother; infant niece, Judy R. Wauters; brother-in-law, Frederick Wauters Sr.; very special aunt and uncle, Emily and John Szelmeczka; numerous aunts and uncles and her beloved poodle, Sassy.

The Funeral Mass was celebrated at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, April 19th at St. Casimir Church in Krakow, Fr. James Esser O.F.M. presiding. Burial followed in the parish cemetery.