With a life that spanned nearly a century, Dorothy Paikowski made a significant impact in the lives of those around her through the love she freely gave.
The year 1917 is often remembered as the year that our nation engaged in the fight for freedom during WWI. This year was of great importance in the lives of a young couple from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, for a much different reason as they welcomed a healthy baby girl into their hearts and home on August 13th. Baby Dorothy was one of four children born to her parents, Frank and Mary (Peplinski) Paikowski, and was raised in the family home located above the tavern they owned and operated on Brady Street alongside her siblings, Loretta, Evelyn, and Norbert.
For the most part Dorothy experienced a childhood that was reflective of the times. She attended Catholic schools including Hedwig Grade School that was located just a block away. Dorothy went on to graduate from Messmer High School as a young woman.
Throughout her life Dorothy possessed a strong work ethic. She spent her entire career working for the local telephone company – Wisconsin Telephone Company at first and later, Wisconsin Bell. Dorothy’s sister, Loretta, also worked for the same telephone company. Dorothy was not only a hard worker, but she was also very detail oriented as well.
In addition to working together, the two sisters also lived together for several years. First Dorothy and Loretta lived in Milwaukee, and they later spent some time out West in California before settling back in Mequon, Wisconsin.
Family played an important role in Dorothy’s life. She was also a dear friend to many for numerous years. Dorothy was the type of person who was relational and genuinely concerned with what was going on in the lives of her friends and loved ones, especially as younger generations came into the fold.
A dear woman to many, Dorothy Paikowski blessed so many within her reach. She was well informed and intelligent, contented and gracious. Dorothy’s devotion to others was unmatched. She will be deeply missed and warmly remembered.
Dorothy Paikowski died on November 10, 2012. Dorothy’s family includes her sister-in-law, Edna Paikowski; nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Mary (nee Peplinski) Paikowski; her siblings: Loretta Paikowski, Evelyn (the late Edward) Anas, and Norbert Paikowski. Visitation will be held on Friday, November 16, 2012, at Lumen Christi Catholic Church, 11300 N. St. James Lane, Mequon, WI from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the Funeral Mass at 12:00 Noon. Entombment Resurrection Cemetery, Mequon, WI. Please visit www.lifestorynet.com where you can leave a memory or sign the online guestbook.