THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Regina Stanislawa (Lacka) Waciak, 91, of Onalaska, passed away, Friday, April 14.
Born March 5, 1926, in Podlesko, Poland, to the late Jan Lacki and Weronika (Kowalczyk) Lacka, at the end of World War II, she was in the series of camps in the city of Ingolstadt, Germany, along with hundreds of other displaced persons.
She sang on stage, participated in short distance running and volleyball tournaments and volunteered as a scout leader to many young girls at the camps, where she met and married Roman Waciak on July 22, 1946 and they had their first child.
In 1950, they emigrated to the United States, settling in Chicago, Ill. where their second child was born. A good wife and mother, she worked for many years at the Florsheim Shoe Company in Chicago. Upon retirement, they moved to Wausaukee, where she enjoyed her new life, especially working in her garden, activities in the Blue Army of Fatima and the Church Council of Catholic Women.
They were married for 49 years until his death in 1995 and she began to travel between Wausaukee and Arlington, Va., where she lived for two decades, becoming a part of her young grandson's life and a member of St. Agnes Catholic Church in Arlington. After her daughter retired in 2015, they moved to Onalaska, where she passed after a lengthy illness. She was a member of Saint Augustine Catholic Church in Wausaukee.
She is survived by a son, Romuald Waciak and a daughter-in-law, Jadwiga (Rojek) Waciak of New York City, N.Y.; a daughter, Roberta Waciak Goldblatt and son-in-law, Jerrold Goldblatt of Onalaska; a grandson; a great-grandson and many nieces and nephews in Poland.
She was preceded in death by four sisters, Zofia (Lacka) Omasta, Leokadia (Lacka) Jargon, Bogumila (Lacka) Homska and Maria (Lacka) Lazewska and two brothers, Stanislaw and Antony.
Visitation will be held at St. Augustine Catholic Church on Friday, April 21 from 10 a.m. until time of a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. Interment will be next to her husband in Wausaukee Evergreen Cemetery. Roubal Funeral Home of Wausaukee is assisting the family with arrangements.