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Mary M. Pawlitzke

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Pawlitzke, Mary M.

Mary M. Pawlitzke, age 88, a resident of Harmony of Two Rivers, passed peacefully early Thursday, August 29, 2013 at Harmony of Two Rivers.

Mary was born September 19, 1924 in Omaha, Nebraska, a daughter of the late John and Carita (O'Brien) Markel. She graduated from the Central High School - Omaha in 1943 and the University of Iowa in 1947, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree. Mary joined the staff of American Broadcasting Company (ABC) in 1948 where she was instrumental in their advertising department. Mary was married to Dana F. Pawlitzke on July 19, 1952. He preceded her in death February 19, 2008. Mary later went on to earn her teaching degree and taught at Roncalli High School in Manitowoc from 1966-1973. She also worked as a substitute teacher in the Two Rivers Public School System and Hilbert High School, then later worked as a coordinator at the U.W. Manitowoc Center for a number of years. Mary's passion was to volunteer for the reading program, English as a second language, (ESL) at the elementary schools. Mary loved the fine arts; she enjoyed plays, museums & theater; she was a former member of the Masquers; and was a volunteer at the Capital Civic Center, serving as an usher. She was very active in the League of Women Voters since the 1950's; a member of the AAUW; and served many terms on the Two Rivers School Board. Mary also loved history, and assisted in the publishing of the book "History of Two Rivers". She enjoyed traveling; loved to play cards, especially bridge.

She is survived by two sons & a daughter-in-law: Daniel and Susan Pawlitzke of Two Rivers, Richard Pawlitzke of Milwaukee; a daughter & son-in-law, Carita and Michael Bernico of Oconomowoc; five grandchildren: Megan (Zaki) Shaikh, Derek (Abbey) Pawlitzke, Dustin Pawlitzke, Ryan Bernico, and Jackie Bernico. She is further survived by one brother & two sisters-in-law: Tom and Jane Markel, San Diego, Monica Markel, Omaha, Neb.; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. In addition to her parents and husband, she was also preceded in death by one daughter, Therese "Tess" Pawlitzke, and one brother, John Markel.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at St. Peter the Fisherman Catholic Church, 3218 Tannery Rd. Two Rivers. Officiating at the Mass of Christian Burial will be Rev. Tom Reynebeau, with entombment to follow in Knollwood Chapel Mausoleum, Hwy. 310, Manitowoc.

The family will greet relatives and friends at St. Peter the Fisherman Catholic Church, Wednesday morning from 9:00 until 10:30 a.m. There will be no Tuesday evening visitation.

Memorials may be made to either the "Lester Public Library Gift Fund" or the "Capitol Civic Center".

Deja & Martin Funeral Chapels, 1506 18th St. Two Rivers, WI 54241 ph: (920)793-1756 is serving the Pawlitzke family.

Mary's family would like to sincerely thank the entire staff of Harmony of Two Rivers for all their love, care and respect they showed towards Mary.

Published in Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter from Sept. 1 to Sept. 3, 2013
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