Family lured Jerrianne and her husband to South Milwaukee in 2002 from Southern California where she worked as, first, a journalist, then, as a court information officer. She now stays busy with media-relations consulting, playing with her three grandchildren (part of the lure), writing, discovering her new environs, and hoping her garden will produce before the first fall frost.
Our neighborhood lost one of its longest-time residents on Sunday. Bob Miech passed on. That’s what he was known to my husband and me – Bob. To others he was known as ‘the judge’. Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge Robert J. Miech and his wife, Betty, were among the first families to move into what more than six years ago became our neighborhood.
Back then – more than forty years ago – their street wasn’t paved and their house, along with the houses of the few neighbors at the time, was surrounded by open fields and woods. That’s where their daughter, Kathy, grew up and played with the Spaltholz kids who lived across the street and the McCarrier children who lived around the corner in what is now our house. From tales neighbor Nancy and Bill Spaltholz and their son, Tom, who is now our son-in-law, have said, it was a fun time that conjures up images of a Norman Rockwell era.
Services are scheduled for 11 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 13, at Divine Mercy Catholic Church, St. Adalbert Site, 1800 16th Avenue in South Milwaukee, according to the Journal Sentinel death notice. Visitation is set for 4-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 12, with a Vigil Service at 6 p.m. at Max A. Sass and Sons Funeral Home, 1515 W. Oklahoma Avenue in Milwaukee. Given Bob’s deep roots in the area – he and his brother, Ralph, now professor emeritus of pharmacology at Brown University in Rhode Island, were South Milwaukeeans even before Bob and Betty became part of that small nucleus of pioneers in what is now a thriving suburban neighborhood – and his wide circle of associates in the legal community and Milwaukee County – my guess is a lot of people will want to attend.
In the meantime, and especially after the busyness of tending to the necessary arrangements and immediate decisions that need to be made, after the out-of-town relatives return to their homes and everyone else gets back to their lives, our thoughts and prayers will be with Betty, Kathy and the Miech’s grandson, Robert. And I hope I will stick to my commitment to be a better neighbor.
I invite readers of this posting to leave comments and remembrances of Bob, which I will make sure Betty gets.