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Eugenia J. Dembinski

December 13, 2019

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Eugenia (Jean) Dembinski (Michalski) went to be with the Lord on 13 December 2019 at the age of 98.


Jean was proceeded in death by her husband, Thaddeus S. Dembinski in 2005. Most loving mother of Stefan Dembinski (Mary)  and Wanda J. Dembinski-Neuschaefer (Ken), and precious Grandmother to Janina, Stefan, Donald, Christine, John, Ryon and Angela.  Great-Grandmother to Riley, James, Lauren, Stefan, Christopher, Layla, Adam, Lydia, Emilia and Aria. Of her 5 sisters and 1 brother , Jean is survived by her sister Estelle.


Jean was born in Chicago to a Polish family, and learned to speak English at St. Pricilla’s Grade School and Church. Music became a big part of her life starting with her older sister, Harriet, teaching her to play piano.   Eugenia accompanied Harriet on the piano, who taught Ballet and Polish dancing , traveling with her sister on the street cars and the subway to go to performances for the Polish Women’s Alliance in Chicago.  Along with piano lessons, Jean also studied voice. 


Jean moved to Milwaukee where her husband’s job at the Veteran’s Hospital took them in 1948. She then continued her piano study at The Wisconsin Conservatory Milwaukee in the early sixties, to earn her Piano Teachers’ Certificate.


In Milwaukee, Jean became very active at Holy Cross Church with the Christian Mothers, playing piano for their annual Fashion Shows, as well as singing alto in the church choir.  Out of her home, Jean taught private piano lesson to children from Holy Cross Grade School.


Later, Jean took a part-time bookkeeping job at JC Penney and even later,   a part-time position at Gimbel’s in the Bridal Department.  She loved very much helping brides- to-be find their special wedding gown.


Jean became in need of nursing home care in 2002, and resided at Southpoint until  2015  and then at Care-Age of Brookfield where she passed away under the very gentle care of the nursing staff.  


All through Jean’s life, music was a deep love.  It made her smile, cry and her fingers dance.  Thank you Care-Age for providing so much music  for Jean to enjoy.


There will not be a funeral service, rather a private celebration of her life will take place on 4 Jan. 2020.

If you would like to attend please contact wendy dembinski at


Memorial donation may be made to the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music in Eugenia's name (see below for donation information).


Always keep music and Jean in your heart.


Thank you,


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