Mary Ann “Mae” Wipperfurth

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WAUNAKEE–Mary Ann “Mae” Wipperfurth passed away at home surrounded by family at age 97 on July 13, 2021.

Mae was born in Marxville, Wisconsin on April 26, 1924, to Louis Mathias Meier and his wife Theresa (Meinholz) Meier. She married Town of Roxbury native and US Navy veteran Robert J. Wipperfurth on Sept. 26, 1946, after his return from serving in the Pacific during World War II. 

Later, they settled in Waunakee where the couple lovingly raised their 10 children, and where Bob owned and operated Wipperfurth Excavating, Inc. He was also an original partner in the development of the InnKeeper restaurant and Country Aire.

Early in their marriage they enjoyed fishing, traveling, and participating in card club. Later, they enjoyed weekends at their lake house, often hosting their growing family and many friends. Mae was a talented seamstress, making her children’s clothes when they were young. She also enjoyed quilting, painting ceramics, tatting and gardening. Her rhubarb desserts were always in demand at family parties. Mae was known as the Euchre queen of the family, with everyone wanting her as their winning partner.

She was a lifelong member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, and their Women’s Auxiliary. Mae also was a member of the American Legion Post 360 Women's Auxiliary, and she served as president for several terms. Recently, she was honored for 65 years of continuous membership.

Survivors include her beloved children: Lois Schuren, Gerald (Nancy), Lucy (Douglas) Stamm, Gordon (Camille), Mary (Donald) Hoffman, Marlene Prescott (Dennis Acker), Alan (Iris), Arthur (Diana), Lisa (John) Nikula, Lanita (Ronald) Haag; her American Field Service (AFS) daughter, Titiporn (Apichai) Puntasen from Thailand; and her 30 grandchildren: Josh, Rob, Luke, Katie, Andrea, Jenny, Kristin, Kira, Matt, Adam, Aaron, Jeremy, Michael, Nathan, Kevin, Amber, Shaun, Jake, Lauren, Jack, Dusty, Talia, Tessa, Cory, Tyler, Jenna, Kayla, Evan, Mariah, and Jordan.

Additionally, she will be missed by her 40 great-grandchildren: Emma, Arianne, Cameron, Sawyer, Savannah, Grace, Max, Jay, Zoe, Brycen, Kylee, Sadie, Hallie, Ty, Tucker, Rubie, Thomas, Jax, Grace, Jase, Ava, Pierce, Lenox, Shelby, Paige, Harper, Millie, Laney, Amare, MJ, Isaak, Mia, John, Aly, Cal, Brooks, Graham, Orion, Wyatt, and Porter; siblings: Rosalie (Norbert) Michels, and Tressa Kalscheuer Meier; in-laws: Ann Wipperfurth, Dolores (Bernard) Frey, Joe (Nancy) Wipperfurth, Raymond Wipperfurth, Helen (Ronald) Meinholz, and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband Robert (Bob) Wipperfurth on Feb. 19, 2005; her sons-in-law: Douglas “D.C.” Schuren, and John Prescott; a granddaughter: Amy Wipperfurth; her siblings: Rita (Edward) Endres, Albert (Barbara) Meier, Joseph (Margaret) Meier, and Stanley Kalscheuer; in-laws: Arthur, Sylvester (Arlene), Alvin, Jerome (Gloria), Leo (Joan), Patricia (Donald) Swingle, and Shirley Wipperfurth.

The family gives a heartfelt "thanks" to her amazing caregivers: Emily, Olga, Julie, Cynthia, Hannah at Agrace Hospice in Fitchburg, and to her daughters Mary, Marlene, Lisa and Lucy, and granddaughter Andrea.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Tuesday morning, July 20, 2021, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church cemetery in Waunakee. Winn-Cress Funeral Home of Waunakee served the family.

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