Mary E. Wiltsie

 

Mary Ellen Wiltsie of Blair, left us to be with her Heavenly Father, August 11, 2023, after 90 loving and beloved years.

Mary was born December 7, 1932, to Leonard and Helen (Peikert) Goodenough in La Crosse. She worked as a CNA and then went to college at WWTC in La Crosse where she earned her LPN degree. Mary was employed as a nurse at Tri-County Memorial Hospital in Whitehall for 27+ years prior to her retirement. She was an active member of Saint Ansgar’s Catholic Church in Blair. Mary’s family was her life and her greatest joy.

Mary had ten children: Mary “Rita” Goodenough (Bruce) Nelson of Pardeeville, Rae Delle (Steve) Nelson of Blair, Lucinda “Cindy” Berzinski, Lynette “Lynn” (Michael) Olson of Neilsville, Margaret “Peggy” (Gary) Boe of Taylor, Lowe “Butch” (Pam) Berzinski of Brodhead, Mark (Heidi) Berzinski of Blair, Elizabeth “Betsy” (Michael) Tushkowski of Wisconsin Rapids, Wendy Berzinski of Blair, and Brian (Rachel) Berzinski of Ettrick.

Mary gained three stepchildren: Robert “Bob” Wiltsie (deceased), Linda Wiltsie of Viroqua, and Marie Walter of Trempealeau.

Mary is also survived by her sister, Jean Whitish of Trempealeau, and 26 grandchildren: Kimberlee (John) Sylla, Matthew (Billie) Nelson, Amy (Jeff) Swanson, Bethany (Janine) Nelson-Gallo, Cala (JC) Poppe, Dana (Ryan) Wolfe, Kendra Stevens, Joseph (Nikki) Stevens, Andrew (Nissa) Stevens, Jason (Judy) Olson, Aaron (Alisa) Boe, Benjimin (Ian) Likwarz-Boe, Ryan (Sandy) Berzinski, Sara Berzinski, Trista Berzinski, Tradon Berzinski, Cindy (Jake) Thompson, Jessi Jacobitz, Mitchell (Nina) Rebarchek, Brandon (Katie) Tushkowski, Ian (Julie) Tushkowski, Sarah (Denny) Dumont, Cole Berzinski, Molly Berzinski, Briana Walter, and Sean Walter. Mary also has 45 great-grandchildren, six great-great-grandchildren, and several step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren.

Mary was preceded in death by her first husband, Raymond Berzinski; second husband, Robert Wiltsie; three sisters: Marie, Elizabeth, and Ella; three brothers: Burt, Bill, and Delbert; a daughter, Lucinda and a grandson, Nathan.

Visitation was held Monday, August 14, 2023, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., at Jack Funeral Home in Blair where a Prayer Service was held at 6:30 p.m.

A Mass of Christian burial was held Tuesday, August 15, 2023, at 11:00 a.m., with visitation held one hour prior at Saint Ansgar’s Catholic Church in Blair, with burial in Rest Haven Cemetery, Blair. Father Jay officiated.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be designated to Saint Ansgar’s Church, Grand View Care Center, or Gundersen Tri-County Hospital.

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