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Mary E. Pries

November 6, 1945 August 30, 2020
Mary E. Pries
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Mary Elizabeth Pries, 74, of Madison passed away August 30, 2020 of end stage renal disease at Agrace Hospice Care in Fitchburg, WI. Mary was born November 6, 1945 in Shawano to the late Ernest and Arlene (Leigh) Pries. She was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church. Following graduation from Oconto High School, Mary attended Madison Business College. After completing her coursework, she began a long and successful career at the WI State Capitol in Madison, WI. During her tenure she served many elected officials, including Education Chair Representative Manny Brown, Speaker Ed Jackamonis, and Joint Finance Chair Marlin Schneider. She was a mentor to new employees, showing them the "ropes" and teaching them the intricacies of legislative procedures. After her retirement she kept the old State Capitol Gang together by organizing regular reunion lunches at the Esquire Club in Madison. She embodied the meaning of a "social butterfly" and was the life of any party. Meeting someone for the first time, Mary always asked, "Where are you from?" and a new friend was made. Mary loved adventure and traveled the United States and the world. She was as much at ease riding an elephant in India as she was mastering the London subway system. Nothing dampened her adventurous spirit: not even being showered by molten lava from a volcano nor being rescued from a disabled sailboat in the middle of the South Pacific. She skied all over the world and and she was a lifelong member of the Madison Skilaufers, an outdoor and social activities club and was a proud Badger football season ticket holder. Mary was proud of her Irish heritage and St Patrick's Day was one of her favorite holidays, along with Christmas, Easter, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, her birthday, your birthday and any other cause to gather together.
Mary is survived by her nephew, Chris and his wife, Michelle and their two sons Hayden and Brady. Many cousins and friends also survive. Donna O'Leary Steiner and Marlin Schneider were special Madison friends who provided much support and help to Mary. She was preceded in death by a brother, William Pries.

The family will receive relatives and friends at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Oconto, from 10 to 11 AM Saturday, September 5, 2020. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 AM Saturday at the church with the Rev. Francis Nusi officiating. Burial will be at the Oconto Catholic Cemetery. Online condolences may be expressed at www.gallagherfuneralhome.net.

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Visitation

Saturday

5

Sep

10:00 AM 9/5/2020 10:00:00 AM - 11:00 AM 9/5/2020 11:00:00 AM
Holy Trinity Catholic Church

300 Arbutus Avenue
Oconto, WI 54153

Holy Trinity Catholic Church
300 Arbutus Avenue Oconto 54153 WI
United States

Service

Saturday

5

Sep

11:00 AM 9/5/2020 11:00:00 AM
Holy Trinity Catholic Church

300 Arbutus Avenue
Oconto, WI 54153

Mass of Christian Burial will by Rev. Francis Nusi.

Holy Trinity Catholic Church
300 Arbutus Avenue Oconto 54153 WI
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Oconto Catholic Cemetery Final Resting Place

Oconto, WI 54153

Oconto 54153 WI
United States
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