THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Mary L. Magnin
Issue Date: June 12, 2014
A well known Marinette matron, Mary L. Magnin, 79, passed away at home Sunday, June 8, surrounded by her family.
Born June 11, 1934, to Roland and Mildred (Belongia) LeComte in Oconto Falls, she graduated from Oconto Falls High School in 1952 and worked for Scott Paper there for eight years. On June 4, 1960, she married Dr. Dean Magnin at St. Anthony 's Catholic Church in Oconto Falls. She joined her husband with their growing family on a journey of medical training from Madison to Toledo, Oh. and in the summer of 1967, the couple planted their roots in Marinette.
Her childhood education with the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity gave her a deep love and appreciation for her faith, setting her on a journey to become all that God intended for her to be as a person. Her faith guided her in all of her efforts, especially in educating her family.
She volunteered hours for fundraisers and events such as the Catholic Central Auction, Oktoberfest, serving the church community at funeral luncheons and sharing Communion with the homebound and sick. She had a generous smile, offered hugs when needed and was referred to by many as their second Mom or second Grandma. Her enthusiastic applause from the bleachers of the St. Thomas Aquinas Academy gym was passed onto generations of student athletes, musicians and performers.
Her talent as a pianist was a part of who she was. She scored top marks in Class A State solos and cherished the friendships she made playing duets and accompanying soloists. A member of Holy Family Parish and the Holy Family Parish Altar Society, the cherished memories of her family were her notes played for their entertainment and lullabies accompanying their childhood cottage dreams.
She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Dr. Dean Magnin, of Marinette; children, Margaret (Michael) Wubben, Dr. John (Beth) Magnin and Kathleen (James) Benson, all of Marinette, Ann (Anne) Magnin, of Menomonee Falls and Dr. Robert (Lisa) Magnin, of Darboy; a sister, Margaret (Jack) VandenBush, of Oconto Falls; 11 grandchildren, Jennifer, Patrick, Rebecca, Chad, Matthew, Ellen, Henry, Benjamin, Daniel, Amelia and Livia and a great-grandchild, Clara.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Visitation will be held at St. Thomas Aquinas Academy in Marinette on Thursday, June 12 from 3 p.m. until time of the Rosary followed by a Prayer Service Vigil at 7 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be offered at Holy Family Parish-Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Taylor St. in Marinette on Friday, June 13 at 11 a.m. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. Thielen Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. A memorial fund has been established.