Obit: Lauer, Mary E. (1914 - 2002)

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----Source: Wednesday, June 26, 2002, "Winona Post", Winona, MN.

The Death of Mary E. Lauer

In the early morning hours of June 20, 2002, Mary Eveline Neverman Lauer went Home to be with the Lord Jesus. She was born on Jan. 9, 1914 in Neillsville, Clark Co., Wisconsin to Julius ("Jules") Louis Rudolph and Carrie Amelia Beardsley Neverman, residing at 29 Hewitt Street. She was the only living child of the Nevermans.

After graduating from Neillsville High School in 1931, Mary spent a year at Winona Business College. Afterwards, she joined the secretarial staff of the J.R. Watkins Company in Winona, Minnesota. In 1936 and 1937 she worked with the WPA and the Soil Conservation Service. About that same time, she met Wilfred Lauer, Jr., her future husband (from Minneapolis, Minnesota). In mid-1937 Mary began working for the Winona Water Department and stayed until August 1938. On September 10, 1938 Mary and Bill celebrated their marriage in a ceremony at the Neverman home in Neillsville.

Bill and Mary continued to living in Winona for the next 40 years. They were instrumental in establishing the community of Goodview to the north. They were belonged to the Central Methodist Church in Winona. Mary continued to work for the community of Winona through that church and the Winona Girl Scouts and helped establish the Girl Scout Camp, Wi-Gi-Sco-Ca at the Trempealeau Wildlife Refuge. Bill and Mary began the W.H. Lauer Forest Products Inc. in 1947. Mary ran the business from her home until 1972. She one of the first women in Real Estate in Winona from 1959 to 1969. From 1969 to 1979, she worked for the Lake Center Switch Company in Winona.

They both retired in June of 1979 and moved to 335 Lake Drive, Merrillan, Wisconsin, just 19 miles from Neillsville. Mary died peacefully at their residence in Merrillan after a short illness. Her parents, and an infant child, Karen May Lauer, preceded her in death.

Four children blessed Bill and Mary: Cassandra Lauer of Avondale, Arizona; Heidi Lauer of Merrillan, Wisconsin; Germaine Sarna of Colorado Springs, Colorado; Ted (Carol) Lauer of Tomah, Wisconsin, who all survive her; also 11 grandchildren-Kevin (Arizona) Sarna, Torrance California; Scott Bremer, Lake City, Colorado; Tiffany (Jace) Kelley, Avondale, Arizona; Sarah (Troy) Eastman, Cedar Falls, Iowa; Jennifer (Rayburn) Gilner, Overland Park, Kansas; Brian (Andrea) Lauer, Eagan, Minnesota; Beth (Arlo) Swinton, New Hartford, Iowa; Wendy Lauer, Bloomington, Illinois; Carolyn Bremer, Kingfield, Maine; Eric (April) Lauer USAF, Layton, Utah; Adam Lauer, Tomah, Wisconsin.

There are also 10 great-grandchildren: Stephanie Victoria Swinton, Kaitlin Coryn Gonzagowski, Amelia Grace Eastman, Cody Austin Swinton, Mason Jordan Gonzagowski, Jaren Orion Kelley, Jakob Wolf Kelley, Mystic Green, Jaycen Eric Lauer, Autumn Carol Lauer.

Her husband, Wilfred (Bill) Lauer, dearly loved and cherished her. He was locally known as "The Man in the Hat," writer of stories of "days gone by."

Her children also loved and appreciated her as did their families for her humor, elegance, brilliance. Her interests and hobbies included-gardening, crocheting, sewing, upholstery, home decorating, shopping, crossword puzzles, memorabilia and stamp-collecting, bird-watching, wildlife identity, and playing solitaire.

Matthew 28:20 "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: AND, LO, I AM WITH YOU ALWAY, EVEN UNTO THE END OF THE WORLD. AMEN." A memorial service for Mary was held at 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 25, 2002 at the Gesche Funeral Home, Neillsville. Pastor James Mohr officiated the service.

 

 


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