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Mary Claire Panek
1942 - 2013
Mary Claire Panek, 71, of Nokomis, Fla., passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013, at Ridgewood Care Center in Racine.
Born in Grand Rapids, Mich., on May 28, 1942, she was the daughter of the late Clarence F. and Grace (Young) Liewehr. She graduated Gateway Technical College with a degree as a registered nurse.
On Oct. 14, 1961, she married Joseph B. Panek at St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Chicago. In 1974 they moved to Bristol, Wis, from Gurnee, Ill.
Mary was employed as a registered nurse at Victory Memorial Hospital in Waukegan, Ill., and retired from Deerpath Medical Group in Lake Forest, Ill., in 1999. After retirement, they moved to Nokomis, Fla.
She was a member of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Osprey, Fla., the Calusa Lakes Niners golf club in Nokomis, Fla., and found enjoyment in taking care of her house plant and flowers. Mary also loved to travel and visit casinos
Survivors include her husband, Joseph of Nokomis; two sons, Joseph C. (Marla) Panek of Bristol, Wis., and Timothy J. (Brandy) Panek of Kenosha; a sister, Roselle (Jim) Horwath of Arizona; four grandchildren, Jennifer, Matthew, Courtney and Ashley Panek; and two great-grandchildren, Mia and Leelah.
She was preceded in death by two brothers, Paul and Jack.
Visitation for Mary will be held on Monday, Aug. 19, at Proko Funeral Home from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. A memorial Mass will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 20, at Holy Cross Parish, 18700-116th Street, Bristol, WI, at
11 a.m. Interment will be held at Sarasota National Cemetery in Sarasota, FL. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the
would be appreciated by the family.
Proko Funeral Home & Crematory
5111-60th Street Phone: (262) 654-3533
Visit Marys Online Memorial Book at:
Published online at KenoshaNews.com on Aug. 17, 2013
Proko Funeral Home
5111 W. 60th St. Kenosha, WI 53140