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Mary Unger

Issue Date: June 28, 2018

Mary Unger, age 67, of Wausaukee, passed away peacefully Tuesday Evening June 19, 2018, at her home.

Born March 29, 1951 to the late Rudy and Josie (Howarth) Lanich, she grew up on their farm in Wausaukee on Perch Lake Road. As a child Mary loved to play in the woods in Louie's brush, the night pasture, the lake pasture, and down by the creek, always with our dog Shep tagging along to protect us, as Ma used to say.

We would invent our own games to play using our imagination. Mary always said she had a great childhood and wouldn't change it for anything. We may not have had a lot of material things, but we had the songbirds in the trees, the animals in the woods, the butterflies, the rainbows, the dreams in our hearts and each other. What more could a kid want.

Mary graduated from Wausaukee High School in 1969 as Co-Valedictorian. After High School she moved to Madison for a short time, and then to Milwaukee to work and where she met Jerry Unger. Mary and Jerry later married on February 28, 1971. Besides their common jobs they also had a tree service and Mary often used the chainsaw helping Jerry.

Mary loved to garden, or as she put it, to put her hands in the dirt and plant and then watch things grow. Besides vegetables she grew beautiful flowers. She had Ma's green thumb. She loved the smell of lilacs and roses and her favorite, the wild arbutus Ma and Dad would send her in the spring. Mary was also a great cook and her Slavanian apple potica was as close as you could get to Ma's.

One of Mary's dreams was to come back to Wausaukee away from city life, and after 47 plus years she and Jerry retired about a year and a half ago, and bought a home on Jermac Road. She was so happy to be home again, to go for walks, to watch the songbirds sing in the trees, to see the deer in the fields, the peacefulness of sitting on her front porch, to explore like we did as children. Unfortunately life isn't always fair and Mary was diagnosed with bone cancer, only getting to enjoy her dream for that year and a half.

Mary was the kindest and most understanding person I've ever known. She was not just my sister, she was my best friend.

Mary is survived by her husband of 47 years, Jerry; a son, Scott; further survived by brothers, Ralph (B.J.) Lanich, Bill Lanich, and Roger Lanich; a sister, Jo Ann (Chris) Kneip; nephews and nieces, Jeff, Dawn (Dave), Julie (Randy), Carri (Jon), Cindy (Andrew), Steve (Irena), Cody (Michelle), Sierra, Trevin (Alisha), Jessica (James), and Joseph; grand-nephews and nieces, Shakael, Xaarki, Lakin, Riley, Hartley, Joe, Shilo, Winston, Kayla, Corbin, Mandi, Luke, Jacob, Joseph, Candace, Cassandra, Frankie, Carter, Brock, Mina, Dax, Evan, Dominic, and Tiernan; grand-grand-nephews, Brantley, Beckett and Luther; grand-grand-niece, Rubi; special friend, Michele; Aunt Dolores Pfeiff; Uncle Dan Howarth and many cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a ephew, Clint Lanich; a grand-nephew, Shoen; and our special dog, Shep, who she loved like one of the family.

Every time I hear a songbird sing, watch a fawn in a field or smell an arbuta I'll think of her. Tears will fall, that's only natural, but I'll remember her with a smile also, because she's now with Dad and Ma and they're sitting by a pasture of wildflowers, together again.

Family and friends visited Roubal Funeral Home on Monday, June 25, 2018, from 10 am until the time of the funeral service at 11 am. Burial was in the Evergreen Cemetery, Wausaukee. Mary's family asked for everyone attending to wear casual attire. Mary's family would like to thank Unity Hospice Care and everyone who helped in the last several weeks. Roubal Funeral Home of Wausaukee assisted the family with arrangements.


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