Mary Elaine Dretzka, 86, died on Thursday, July 11, 2019. Elaine was born in Milwaukee, WI on October 2, 1932, daughter of the late Sigmund and Jane (nee: Lewandowski) Pezanoski.

Elaine graduated from St. Catherine’s High School in 1950 and attained a Nursing Degree from St. Mary’s Hospital School of Nursing in 1953. She was employed as a Registered Nurse with St. Mary’s Hospital from 1955-1971. On October 3, 1970 she married Roland N. Dretzka. They were married for forty-seven beautiful years before Roland preceded her in death on March 18, 2017.

With a profound Catholic faith, Elaine was an active member of St. Edward Catholic Church, Christian Mothers, the Ladies of Columbus, the Catholic Women’s Club, the St. Vincent de Paul Society, and volunteered for many other organizations. In her spare time, she loved keeping up with her friends, socializing, entertaining, cooking traditional Polish recipes, casino trips, traveling, and playing cards and dominos. Above all, she will be best remembered for her great love and devotion to her family.

Elaine will be dearly missed by her children David (Phyllis) Dretzka, Susan Dretzka, Julie (Tim) Myers; granddaughters Jillian Dretzka, Abby, Molly and Kaylee Myers; brothers, Ed (Joanne) Pezanoski, Rich Pezanoski; sisters-in-law Rachel Pezanoski, Mary Lou Dretzka; nephews, nieces, cousins, and many cherished friends. In addition to her parents and husband, Elaine was also preceded in death by her daughter Mary Dretzka; brothers-in-law Hubert (Violet), Kenneth and Jerry Dretzka; sisters-in-law Lorraine Pezanoski, Marianne (Jim) Cherrie, Lenore (Nick) [Dretzka-Fluyeras; in-laws Jerome & Elynor Dretzka.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday at 11 a.m. at St. Edward Catholic Church, 1401 Grove Avenue, followed by entombment at Holy Cross Garden Mausoleum, Hwy 32. Visitation will be at Maresh-Meredith & Acklam Funeral Home , 802 Main Street, on Sunday from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. and in the church on Monday from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. Memorials to St. Edward Church or St. Vincent de Paul have been suggested.

Please send condolences to Maresh-Meredith & Acklam Funeral Home.