Maria Lyskowski

Thursday, May 12, 2005

Maria Magdalena Lyskowski, M.D., 82, a resident of Jefferson City, Mo., since 1990, died peacefully Wednesday, May 4, 2005, at her home.

Mass of Christian burial was held Saturday, May 7, at St. Joseph Cathedral in Jefferson City, with the Rev. David Buescher officiating. Burial was in Resurrection Cemetery.

Visitation was held from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at Dulle-Trimble Funeral Home, with a prayer service at 7.

Dr. Lyskowski was born Sept. 3, 1922, in Katowice, Poland, the daughter of Valentine and Maria Magdalena Menszczyzna.

She was educated in Poland before World War II. As a war refugee in Hamburg, Germany, she received her medical degree while residing in a displaced persons camp. There she met and married Stephan Lyskowski, a Polish Army veteran and camp physician. He preceded her in death in 1968.

The couple immigrated to the United States in 1950, initially settling in Chicago, then moving to Southern Illinois.

After 13 years of being a homemaker and mother of three children, Dr. Lyskowski completed her internship at St. Luke's Hospital in St. Louis in 1965. She completed her psychiatric training at Barnes Hospital and opened a private practice in 1968 in Clayton, Mo.

She moved in the early 1970s to Columbia, Mo., where she took a position in clinical psychiatry at Mid-Missouri Mental Health Center and became assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of Missouri Medical School.

In 1977 she moved to Cape Girardeau and was a staff psychiatrist with Saint Francis Mental Health. She later worked as a private practitioner in conjunction with Neurological Associates of Cape Girardeau until her semi-retirement in 1989.

In 1990 she moved to Jefferson City. She continued part-time psychiatric consultation at the local mental health center, the New Horizons program, and the Social Security Disability Determination office. She fully retired in 2001.

In her retirement Dr. Lyskowski became a volunteer with Hospice of Jefferson City and Mid-Missouri, St. Mary's Health Center, Samaritan Center, and Meals-on-Wheels. She was an active member of St. Joseph Cathedral, Learning in Retirement, Morning Music Club, and Council of Clubs.

She enjoyed gardening, sewing, reading and visiting with friends and family.

Dr. Lyskowski is survived by her children and their families: Roman Lyskowski, his wife, Elissa Vanaver, and their son, David, of Miami, Fla.; Barbara Lyskowski Morgan, her husband, Jim, of Cape Girardeau, and their son, Josh, and his wife, Julie Hodges, of St. Louis; John Lyskowski, his wife, Terry, and their children, Andrew, Jane and Danny, all of Jefferson City; and Peter Lyskowski, his wife, Vickie, and their daughter, Isabella, of Columbia.

She will be lovingly missed by her family, friends and former patients.

Memorials are suggested to Samaritan Center, 1310 E. McCarty St., Jefferson City, Mo., 65101, or a local hospice agency.

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