Mary Polacheck Ickes
March 25, 1947 - September 21, 2013
Mary Polacheck Ickes, resident of Salem, Oregon, passed away peacefully on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at the age of 66, following an extended struggle with cancer. She was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to Walter and Shirley Polacheck. Mary graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a BA in Sociology, and a Masters of Social Work. She worked in child welfare, specializing in adoptions in Wisconsin, Oregon and Arizona.
Mary was married to Steve Ickes for 43 years. They had a loving and caring relationship and were a welcoming and giving couple. They traveled the world together. Mary was devoted to her children and grandchildren. Mary lived an active and energetic life. She was a warm and generous person with many friends who were always made to feel special, loved and welcomed at the Ickes home.
Mary is survived by her husband Steve, her son Aaron Ickes (wife Jill Pelavin Ickes, grandchildren Hannah and Noah), her daughter Jessica Ickes (grandson Koren), her brothers John Polacheck, Tom Polacheck, and her sister Linda Polacheck Mellis.
There will be a Celebration of Life at their Home for local family and friends, the time and date to be announced. Donations in her name can be made to: Willamette Academy - Willamette University (900 State Street, Salem, OR 97301).
Published in StatesmanJournal on Sept. 29, 2013