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Mary Lou McManus

McManus, Mary Lou, March 8, 2012,  Age 80

Proceeded in death by husband Jim, her parents Ed and Pearl Olson and her brothers Ed and David.  Loving Mother to Teresa 

Pelt and Tim (TJ) McManus.  Grandmother to Shane and Katie Alm, Eric McManus and Alexandra McManus.  Mee Maw to Skylar and Xavier Alm.  Mother in law to Ann McManus and Jerry Pelt (her "pool boy").  Sister to Ruth Ann Kana and "Monkey Moe" to Robin and Darren. Also survived by her sister in laws Jackie and Pam, nieces Nancy, Courtney and Chrissy, and the loving McManus clan who will appreciate that her celebration is St Patrick's Day.

Mary Lou was active in the community for many years doing volunteer work for Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services and Altrusa Club. She was a golfer, bridge player and avid reader.  She will be missed by her many friends at the Wausau Country Club, her bridge partners and her Minnihaha's.  A memorial has been made to the Marathon County Public Library for her book club.

She has resided at Birchwood Highlands for the last three years and we would like to thank the staff and her many friends for making those years very happy. She loved her new family.

Many thanks to all the wonderful and caring people, who have helped to care for mom these last years.  We would like to give special thanks to her caretakers at Aspirus Wausau Hospital especially the Palliative Care Unit for making her last days as comfortable and homelike as possible.

The funeral Mass will be celebrated at 12:00 noon, Saturday, March 17, 2012 at Church of the Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ, 621 Second Street, Wausau.  Rev. John Robert Alphonse will officiate.  Visitation will be from 10:30 a.m. until the time of service at the church.   Brainard Funeral Home- Wausau is assisting the family.

A celebration of her life follows in the Great Room at Birchwood Highlands, 8005 Birch Street, Weston, until 5 pm.  Please stop in to remember her and tell your Mary Lou stories.

Mom thought that flowers should not be cut but just be allowed to grow and bloom.  So, in lieu of flowers, the Mary Lou McManus Memorial Fund is being established.  Any gifts to the fund will be used in the spring to plant a willow tree and lilacs near the walking path and pond at Birchwood Highlands.  A bench will be installed for people to rest and reflect.  She would appreciate being part of something that people will be able to enjoy for years to come. 

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