Although she accomplished so much of which to be proud, Harriet Lazinski was a humble and gracious woman who lived a rich and rewarding life filled with the people and things she loved.
The 1930s were some of the most trying days we have faced as a nation as the entire decade was cloaked in the hardship of the Great Depression. With a soaring unemployment rate jobs became scarce, and those who did have work lived in fear that they could soon fall victim to the harsh realities of the time. It was during this eventful time that a young couple from LaCrosse, Wisconsin, was pleased to announce the birth of their healthy baby girl on July 26, 1932. Harriet Elizabeth was one of three daughters born to her parents, Carl P. and Mary Gertrude (LaVaque) Galligan, and she was raised in the family home alongside her sisters, Mary and Carol. She was a student at local schools, graduating from high school.
A firm believer in education, Harriet continued educating herself, earning a four year nursing degree and graduating as a registered nurse. Harriet went on to Marquette University in Milwaukee and completed her Masters Degree in Nursing.
With her education behind her, Harriet was poised for a rewarding career. She was with the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, (UW-Milwaukee) School of Nursing from its origin. She retired as Associate Dean of Nursing at UW-Milwaukee.
In her time away from work, Harriet fully embraced both the peaks and valleys that came her way. She met and later married William Lazinski with whom she shared the majority of her life. In her leisure time, one of the things Harriet loved doing most was heading out for a game of golf. Although she was deeply saddened with Bill’s death on April 27, 1994.
With timeless wisdom, Harriet Lazinski made a significant impact in the world around her. She lived life to the fullest while holding her loved ones near. Harriet will be deeply missed and forever treasured by those who were blessed to know and love her.
Harriet E. Lazinski died on January 10, 2014. Harriet’s family includes her siblings, Mary Mickel and Carol (Jerry) Starling; nieces and nephews, Mary (Simon) Poole, Laura (Tim) Miller, Melissa Hogan, Joanne (Chester) Horber, Bob Starling and, Jim (Elisa) Starling; 13 great-nieces and great-nephews, other relatives and friends. Family and friends will gather at Holy Family Catholic Church, 4810 N. Marlborough Dr., Whitefish Bay on Thursday, January 16 from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the Memorial Mass at 10:30 a.m. Inurnment, Resurrection Cemetery. Memorials to Holy Family Catholic Church, the Harriet Lazinski Nursing Scholarship Fund or the charity of your choice, appreciated. Please visit www.lifestorynet.com where you can leave a memory or sign the online guestbook. Arrangements provided by Suminski LifeStory Funeral Home, Suminski / Weiss (414) 276-5122.
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