(4/15/14) Lydia "Lidy" Lunda passed away peacefully in her home Sunday, April 13, 2014, at the age of 93, just four days shy of her 94th birthday.
She was cared for in her home for 4½ years by staff members of Black River Memorial Homecare. They were the most caring, loving and compassionate group of people. Lidy became very good friends with them and thought of them as her family.
Lidy was born in Munich, Germany, April 17, 1920, to Joseph and Mitzi (Engl) Keilhofer. At the age of 5, she immigrated with her parents to Milwaukee.
After graduation in 1938, she was employed as a secretary for five years for Henry Brelie of the Brelie Manufacturing Co. She then worked in the Harbor Commission for the city of Milwaukee until her marriage to Milt Lunda Sept. 11, 1948.
After their marriage, the couple traveled for two years throughout Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois and Iowa to wherever her husband's assignments with the American Appraisal Co. took them. They lived in Detroit for several years, and they returned to Wisconsin and Black River Falls in 1953, where her husband eventually became the owner and president of Lunda Construction.
In Lidy's younger years, she enjoyed teaching music to the Campfire Girls and Brownies. She also enjoyed her involvement in the Clio Club. She was a member of the Black River Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, and the Methodist Church choir for many years.
In 2001, she was honored to be named one of the Women Who Made a Difference in Jackson County by receiving the Woman in History Award.
She served as a trustee for the Lunda Charitable Trust, which she and her husband established in 1988. Lidy and Milt's personal philanthropies included music, art, health and educational fields to which they have donated over 40 scholarships annually.
Her interests included traveling, music, dancing and reading and writing poetry. Lidy has written hundreds and hundreds of humorous poems for and about family and friends.
Lidy is survived by her son, Larry (Anne) Lunda; and her daughter, Marlee (Rich) Slifka, all of Black River Falls.
In accordance with Lidy's wishes to have a small, family service, a private funeral service will be held at Torgerson's Funeral Home ( 715-284-4321 715-284-4321) in Black River Falls. Services will be conducted by Hospice Chaplain, Kevin Newell. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to either Black River Memorial Homecare, or to the Jackson County Animal Shelter.