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Mary K. Patefield, 67, of Wausau died October 15, 2012, under the compassionate care of the oncology staff at Aspirus Wausau Hospital.
She was born May 26, 1945 in Wausau, the daughter of the late Harold "Jerry" and Hazel Radloff. Mary graduated from Wausau High in 1963 and UW-Stevens Point in 1968.
She was employed for 30 years in the Emergency Department at Aspirus Wausau Hospital. While actively involved in Thoughtful Thursday (end of life support services to seniors) and the Bioethics Committee, she is best known for having founded and conducted hundreds of "Teddy Bear Clinics" for thousands of area kindergarteners, to alleviate anxiety, should they need emergency services.
On October 17, 1959, she met the love of her life, David, at a high school freshman dance in Wausau. They were married on August 19, 1967. David survives, along with their two daughters, Sarah (Jon) Hansen, Eden Prairie, MN, Brenda (Kevin) Mittelsteadt, Weston, son, Marc (Rachel) Patefield, Shakopee, MN, ten dearly cherished grandkids, who were a true inspiration in her courageous battle with cancer; Pate, Ben, Molly, Emily, Max, Tyler, Maddie, Jack, Ty, and Amelia, as well as brother Bill (Doreen) Radloff, and sister-in-law Lois (John) Gavol.
Mary had an incomparable zest for life, freely giving of herself to others in their time of need, and never asking anything in return. Her grandkids were always her top priority. In addition to bridge with friends, her love of reading and challenging puzzles, Mary loved scooting around town with the top down in her Gama Bug, starring as a lead singer in Rock Band with the family, and watching "Say Yes to the Dress". She will be deeply missed by family, and so many close friends, but the enduring memories will forever remain an active part of our lives.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, October 19, with the family greeting visitors from 9:30 am until the service at 11:00 am at St. Andrew Lutheran Church, 3200 North Mountain Road, Wausau. The Reverend Craig Swenson will officiate.
Brainard Funeral Home, Wausau, is in charge of arrangements.
Online condolences can be expressed at www.brainardfuneral.com.
Published in the Wausau Daily Herald from Oct. 17 to Oct. 19, 2012
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