Louis, 98 years old, died battling influenza at his home Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018, in the presence of his wife and three children.
Louis was born in La Crosse, Oct. 18, 1919, to Valentine and Clara (Bishop) Krajewski, where he remained a lifelong resident. He graduated from Aquinas High School and thereafter served during World War II at Kingscliffe Air Base in southern England, where he met his future bride, Olivia, while on a furlough to Northern Ireland. After the war concluded, he wrote to and eventually sent for his Irish sweetheart in 1947, marrying her at St. James Church in La Crosse in 1948. They remained married for over 70 years.
His focus throughout their years together was to provide for the needs of his wife and their children; to this end, he had great success. He worked as a salesman for Armour Meats throughout his career and was well-known, selling to grocery stores throughout the tri-state area. He was a recipient of the Dale Carnegie Award for excellence in salesmanship.
During the early years of their marriage, Louis sponsored two of Olivia’s younger Irish sisters to come and live with them in the U.S., whereupon they eventually met their American husbands. They later sponsored her older sister’s daughter and her husband, who were also naturalized. Condolences regarding Louis’ death are being received from relatives in California, Oregon, Virginia, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Norway, Scotland and Northern Ireland, demonstrating the far-reaching effects of his benevolence, selflessness and sponsorship.
Louis is survived by his wife, Olivia; and their three sons, David (Kathy), Gregory (Debra) and Brian; along with grandsons, Sean and Ian (Justyce). Louis was predeceased by his daughter, Maureen (1973); and his siblings, Sylvester, Jenny, Lorraine, Valerie, Robert, Lucian, Valentine Jr. and Virginia.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7, at Mary Mother of the Church Parish, 2006 Weston St., La Crosse. The Rev Brian D. Konopa will officiate. Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. to time of Mass. Military honors will conclude the ceremony.
Schumacher-Kish Funeral & Cremation Services, La Crosse Chapel is assisting the family. Online guestbook is available at www.schumacher-kish.com.