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Porubcansky, Elizabeth A.

Elizabeth A. Porubcansky, who set a groaning dinner table and loved to discuss current events, politics and religion at her home on Union Road in Manitowoc for the past 60 years, died Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at Felician Village. She was 96 years old.

She was born March 8, 1918, in Franklin Township, Kewaunee County, daughter of the late Wenzel and Elizabeth (Pilzak) Schlies. She attended Woodland School and sang in the choir at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Stangelville before going to work in the kitchen at Hessel's supper club in Francis Creek, where she met her future husband, John Porubcansky. She traveled to Montgomery, Alabama, where he was stationed as an X-ray technician during World War II, and they were married at Maxwell Field Air Base on June 26, 1943. They returned to northeast Wisconsin after the war and raised four sons. Her husband preceded her in death on Dec. 12, 2002.

Elizabeth, who was known by family and friends as 'Bea,' fed her curiosity about the world by reading widely and keeping up on the news well into her 90s. Her family treasured her gentle, off-beat sense of humor. She loved music, including old Czech hymns, polkas and classical music. She tended vegetable and flower gardens, and was fascinated by the birds and other wildlife around her country home, especially cardinals, wild turkeys and ducks. Her dill pickles were legendary, as were her kolaches and other traditional Czech baked goods. She enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Survivors include four sons and three daughters-in-law: Thomas and Mary Porubcansky, West Chicago, IL; Richard and Sherry Porubcansky, Cedarburg; John Porubcansky, Portage; Mark and Sarah Porubcansky, Los Angeles, CA; Four grandchildren: Stephen (Leslie) Porubcansky, East Peoria, IL; Matthew Porubcansky, Chicago, IL; Anna Porubcansky (Ewan Downie) Glasgow, Scotland; David Porubcansky, Moose, WY; and two great-grandchildren, Abigail and Josie of East Peoria. She is also survived by two sisters: Clara Jurgens, Manitowoc and Rose Prokash, Shawano; four sisters-in-law: Evelyn Schlies, Brillion, Marian Porubcansky and Ethel Porubcansky, both of Francis Creek; and Rose Schlies, Stangelville. Nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends also survive. In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by brothers and sisters: Mary (Louis) Krummel, Frank Schlies, Edward Schlies, Wenzel, Jr. 'Jim' Schlies, Stella (Eugene) Stangel, Eva (Edward) Mleziva.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, May 9, 2014 at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Community, Newton. Officiating at the Mass of Christian Burial will be the Rev. David Beaudry with entombment to take place at Knollwood Mausoleum, Town of Kossuth.

The family will greet relatives and friends at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Community, Newton on Friday, May 9, 2014 from 9:00 AM until 10:45 AM.

Online condolences may be left for the family by visiting www.pfefferfuneralhome.com

The Pfeffer Funeral Home, Manitowoc is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

The family wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you to the staff at Felician Village and Holy Family Home Care; her personal caregiver, Devin Bertschy, and the congregation and staff at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Community, particularly Sister Marlita and Judy Heinzen.

Published in Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter from May 7 to May 8, 2014
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