Mary E. McKenna
1939 - 2021
December 16, 1939
January 9, 2021

Mary E. McKenna

Mary E. McKenna, 81, of Chippewa Falls died Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021, at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire.

Mary was born Dec. 16, 1939, in Milwaukee, the daughter of Max and Elizabeth (Beckers) Gorski.

ary was a member of St. Joseph's Institute, and worked/volunteered at the Chamber of Commerce, Heyde Center, History Center, Jim Falls Library, childcare, 4-H project leader, Boy Scouts, Mission Coalition, and was very active in her church. She was loyal to her family and to her values. She was steadfast in her faith, believing that God answers all of our prayers, even if his answer is sometimes "NO." As a devout Catholic, she lived a life on the road towards heaven. In her final days, she gathered with Msgr. Michael Gorman and members of her family to pray that the "welcoming committee" of saints would guide her home when she passed.

Mary is survived by one son, Lloyd (Molly) McKenna of Neenah, Wis.; three daughters, Kathryn Burger of Chippewa Falls, Ruth Hopkins of Chandler, Ariz., and Lori Zastrow of Berea, Ky; three sisters, Suzanne Poniewaz of West Allis, Wis., Barbara (Fred) Stolz of Fond du Lac, Wis., and Maxine (Karl) Polzin of Milwaukee; 20 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents; and one sister, Janice Gorzycki.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 14, at St. Charles Church in Chippewa Falls. The Rev. Msgr. Michael J. Gorman will be celebrant of the funeral Mass. Entombment will be in Hope Mausoleum in Chippewa Falls.

The visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 13, and from 9 a.m. until 10 a.m. Thursday, at the Horan Funeral Home in Chippewa Falls. There will be a prayer service at 4 p.m. Wednesday, at the funeral home.

Family prefers memorials to the new History Center or the Christmas Village.

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Published by The Chippewa Herald on Jan. 12, 2021.
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Mary was like my own Gramma who raised me. We became good friends while both working to promote the History Center for 4 years. I will miss her greatly..
Cate Murphy
January 13, 2021
Mary was always there to help at the Heyde Center and Chippewa County Historical Society. She not only worked hard at whatever she did for us, but her smile and disposition raised everybody's spirits whenever we were near her. I wish she could have seen the finished Chippewa Area History Center, but I'm sure she will be watching over the project and all of us. Rest in Peace.
Skip August
January 12, 2021
Mary Ellen´s family may not know me personally, but you may find letters that I have written to her. Your mom was a long time friend of my family, from her life on the south side of Milwaukee and when she was yet "Mary Ellen Gorski". She was a sweet, kind and holy woman. I know her family meant the world to her. I am hoping that she was greeted already in heaven by my own parents who loved her dearly, too. I send sympathy and prayers to you. Donna Kocinski
Donna Kocinski
January 12, 2021