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Lucretia "Lu" Brzeszkiewiez Kiely

December 31, 1969 — November 3, 2015

KIELY-Lucretia “Lu” E. Brzeszkiewiez Kiely, of Graniteville, South Carolina, passed peacefully into eternal life on November 3, 2015 at age 84. She was a former resident of Milwaukee, Hartford and Arbor Vitae, Wisconsin. Lucretia was the loving and devoted wife of John G. Kiely for 64 years. She was the loving mother of Martin (Nanette LaRose) Kiely, Barbara Kiely (Michael) Miller, Paula Kiely (James Plate) and Kathleen (Thomas) Bohlman and the adoring grandmother of Marilyn and Maxwell Kiely, Katelyn Saler and Brittany Bohlman. She is further survived by sisters-in-law Carol Brzeszkiewiez and Ann (James) Riley; brother-in-law Bruce Parker and her many nieces and nephews. Lucretia was the last living child of Polish immigrants Jacob and Janina “Jane” Brzeszkiewiez and was very proud of her Polish heritage. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Eugene (Margaret), Casimir, Henry (Rita) and Jacob; and her sisters, Mathilda (Jerome) Gapinski, Nina (Robert) Matteson and Marcia Parker; father-in-law, James (Marion) Kiely and mother-in-law, Magnhild Kiely. Lucretia was born and raised in Milwaukee, where she graduated from Pulaski High School, and where she married and raised her family. She loved being a stay-at-home mother, and she was the heart of our home. Later, she was a longtime employee at Universal Foods Corporation, where she rose to the position of Fleet Manager. Lucretia was outgoing and loved people, her family and being active outdoors. She called herself an “amateur naturalist” and was an avid gardener, bird watcher, and water lover as well as a talented baker, knitter and book lover. She delighted in passing her interests on to her children. The funeral service will be held in the Chapel of Napier Funeral Home on Monday, November 9, 2015 at 12:00 Noon with Rev. Clint Jackson officiating. The interment will be private. The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service. A memorial service will be held in Milwaukee at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Polish Center of Wisconsin, 6941 S. 68th Street, Milwaukee, WI 53132, (414) 529-2140, or Milwaukee Public Library Foundation-Tippecanoe Branch Campaign Fund,, (414) 286-88703, Milwaukee Public Library Foundation, 814 W. Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53233. Napier Funeral Home, Inc., 315 Main St., Graniteville, S.C. 29829 is in charge of the funeral arrangements. You can visit the online guest register by logging on to

Memorial Service

Monday, November 9, 2015
11:00 AM

Graniteville Location
315 Main St.
Graniteville, South Carolina 29829

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