ONALASKA/HILLSBORO — Evelyn Mary Liska, 90, of Onalaska, formerly of Hillsboro, passed Tuesday, May 16, 2017, at Bethany Riverside Nursing Home in La Crosse.
She was born to William and Georgia (Sebranek) Knadle April 29, 1927, in the town of Forest in Vernon County, Wis. Evelyn was joined in marriage to Robert J. Liska June 22, 1949, losing him to an accident May 24, 1958.
Evelyn spent most of her career at the Hillsboro Farmer’s State Bank, retiring as the bank manager. She also worked as a secretary at Hillsboro High School. After moving, she was hired as one of the first employees at Kohl’s department store in Onalaska, working there for several years. She was very active in St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Hillsboro, serving as a religious education teacher, a choir member and a member of the altar society. She was an active member at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Onalaska following her move to Onalaska. She was a member of the Catholic Order of Foresters. Evelyn was involved in the forming of the Cesky Den Celebration in Hillsboro and was a member of the city committee responsible for the construction of the Hillsboro Pool.
Evelyn will be remembered for her care and concern for others. She showed this through her warm smile, her willingness to help others and the many special gifts she made for people, including her crocheted afghans and baby blankets.
Evelyn is survived by her daughters, Joan (John Haar) Bladl Haar of Onalaska and Jean (Ronald) Doersam of South Wayne, Wis.; sons, William R. (Cindy) Liska of Onalaska and John A. (Darlene) Liska of Whitehall; grandchildren, Ben (Jill) Bladl, Robert Doersam, Amanda Doersam, Peter Liska, Michelle (Mikhail) Volkov and Krystal (Jason) Sader; and great-grandchildren, Carlee Bladl, Ava Bladl, Megan Fenn, Aleks Volkov, Austen Sader, Kolin Sader, Dylan Sader and Lydia Sader.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert; her parents; her grandson, Tony Bladl; her sister, Judy Knadle; and her son-in-law, Robert Bladl.
A Mass of Christian burial will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 27, at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Onalaska, with Monsignor Steven Kachel officiating. Friends and family are invited to a memorial visitation from 9 a.m. until the time of service Saturday. The burial will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 3, at St. John’s Cemetery in Dilly, Wis.
The family would like to extend their thanks to the staff at Bethany Riverside, especially those working in the lighthouse unit on the 400 wing. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to UW Health Transplant Program for Kidneys. The Dickinson Family Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Please visit www.dickinsonfuneralhomes to share online condolences.