Elizabeth “Liz” Julia Miles, 80, passed away Nov. 8, 2023, in Black River Falls, WI.

     Liz was born to Jacob and Gertrude (Engel) Lempel Oct. 14, 1943, in Milwaukee, WI. Liz attended catholic school in Milwaukee until she met the love of her life, Wayne “Beaner” Miles. After getting married, Wayne and Liz moved to Black River Falls, WI, where they would soon start their family. 

     Liz spent her early career running the Black River Café. After closing the café, Liz was a homemaker before working at the local Black River Falls Walmart until her retirement. She spent most of her life as a caregiver and was a loving (sometimes feisty) mother to her daughters, Tammy and Debra, and later a doting grandmother and great-grandmother. Liz loved food, regardless of whether she was the one cooking or eating. She was also a lover of bingo, shopping and getting her hair done. 

     Liz is preceded in death by her husband, Wayne; her daughter, Kimberly Miles; her sister, Cathy Foulker; her parents, Jacob and Gertrude; and in-laws Bud and Mabel Miles;     

     She is survived by her daughters, Debra Miles and Tammy (Dale) Hoff; grandchildren Melissa (Steve) Collova, Jennifer (Dan) Bill, Cody (Samantha Marg) Bloczynski, Dylan (Michaela) Bloczynski, Cole Schultz; and multiple great-grandchildren. 

     A Celebration of Life will be held at Buswell’s Funeral Home in Black River Falls, WI, Nov. 15, 2023. Visitation will begin at 12 p.m. with memorial services at 2 p.m. Burial to follow at Riverside Cemetery. 

     Buswell Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements, 715-284-2231.


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