Elizabeth Paterkiewicz Lauridsen was born on July 12, 1928, in Chicago, Illinois, to Walter and Pearl Paterkiewicz, the youngest of 12 children. She passed away with family surrounding her on December 22, 2019. Elizabeth was the loving wife of Earl Lauridsen who preceded her in death on September 7, 2019. She is survived by children, Ken (Rose) Lauridsen, Deborah (Roger) Kleist, and Denise (Larry) Koebcke as well as grandchildren, Jeff (Luly) Lauridsen, Lori Lauridsen, Jason Lauridsen, Nathan (Cassi) Kleist, Jessica (Christian) Kleist, Matthew Koebcke, Megan Koebcke, and great grandchildren, Grayson Kleist, JJ Lauridsen, and Andy Lauridsen.
Elizabeth was married to the love of her life, Earl, for 73 years. They met when Earl returned to the states after serving in the U.S. Army in Iran, shipping supplies to the Allies during WWII, and married soon after. Elizabeth was a devoted and dedicated homemaker who loved her husband, children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren dearly. She was of the Roman Catholic faith. Elizabeth was known for her green thumb as she loved gardening and always had the best roses in the neighborhood. She was also known for her amazing cooking, especially her traditional Polish cuisine. Food was her love language, and no one ever left her home hungry.
Although Elizabeth was born in Chicago, she and her mother and father moved to Wheatfield, Indiana, in 1940, where she attended Tefft High School. She met Earl in Wheatfield, Indiana, and they married and owned and operated a farm there before moving to Valparaiso, Indiana, where they raised their children. Elizabeth was loved by both family and neighbors as she was known for her kindness, always offering a listening ear, and willing to share anything she had with anyone in need. She and Earl moved to Altamonte Springs, Florida, in 2015, where they lived until the present time. She will be dearly missed, but her family takes solace in knowing that she and Earl and all of her brothers and sisters and family who have gone before her are together again. She will be interred beside Earl at the Cape Canaveral National Cemetery In Titusvile. Services are set for January 31, 2020 at 2:30 P.M. https://www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/pages/15629/Overview/?relatedId=0&modSw=donate