A Mass of Christian Burial was held Wednesday, Aug. 20, at St. Peter Catholic Church, with the Rev. Arul Joseph Visuvasam officiating. Burial was in Guardian Angel Cemetery.
Visitation was at the Pisarski/Dzikoski Funeral Home in Stevens Point Tuesday, Aug. 19, and in the St. Faustina Room of the church Wednesday.
Condolences may be offered online at www.pisarskifuneralhome.com.
Mrs. Lodzinski was born June 16, 1932, in Brillion, a daughter of the late Emil and Norma (Seifert) Thimke. At a young age her family moved to Clintonville where they owned and operated Thimke Jeweler’s until it was sold to Fletchers Jewelers in the late 1960s.
She graduated from Clintonville High School in 1950 and also attended the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
She was married to Melvin “Mickey” Lodzinski Feb. 19, 1955, at St. Peter Catholic Church. He died May 21, 2003.
She was a homemaker before working for the Wisconsin Lions District office in Stevens Point as the secretary.
In 1974 she and her husband took over Paul’s Bar on Second Street in Stevens Point, which soon became known as Mickey’s Italian Restaurant. While he worked behind the bar, she was in charge of the kitchen and dining room and prepared the food. She later retired from the kitchen position to be hostess and kitchen manager, as well as the bookkeeper for the restaurant.
Mrs. Lodzinski and her husband retired in 1998 and turned the business over to their sons, Phil and Tom, but continued to go to the restaurant almost every night to spend time with the customers and help out when needed. She continued to do that after her husband died until the closing of the business in 2013.
In addition to the restaurant, she owned and operated the Village Vendor Antiques Shop in Plover for more than 15 years before liquidating the business in 1998. She went to auctions and garage sales looking for items for the shop and did research on the items.
She was an avid collector and her collections of salt and pepper shakers were displayed and sold at Mickey’s Restaurant.
Survivors include one daughter, Jeanne (Mat) Chase, Plover; three sons, Phil, Tom (Nancy) and Bob (Joni), all of Stevens Point; seven grandchildren, Robin (Rauiri) Matthews, Andy (fiancé Crystal) Lodzinski, Cara “CJ” Chase, Kelsey (fiancé Alex) Chase, Toria and Hunter Lodzinski and Shayna Lodzinski; two stepgrandchildren, Aaron (Brenda) Cordy and Samantha (Mike) Anderson; and two great-grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by one brother, Ray Thimke.