Mary Lou Dennison, age 71, of New London, formerly of the Township of Union, Waupaca County, was called to be with the Heavenly Father on Tuesday, December 21, 2010 at the Washington Center, New London with her family at her side. Mary Lou was born on June 6, 1939 in Appleton, the third child of the late Arthur and Emily (Krueger) Brown. She graduated from Marion High School in 1957. While working at Farmway in Manawa, she met Russel Dennison. The couple married on September 19, 1959 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Marion. Mary Lou worked for a short time at Thorp Finance in Clintonville as an assistant cashier. When Russ and Mary started Dennison Building & Supply in the Township of Union in 1964, Mary did bookkeeping and payroll until she suffered from a stroke in November 2003. Russ preceded her in death on January 16, 2006. Mary was a member of the St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Symco where she taught Sunday School, sang in the choir and was on the Altar Guild. She will be missed however remembered by her wonderful, friendly and welcoming smile. Survivors include: 4 children: Rodney (Marcia) Dennison, Bear Creek, Diane Dennison, Oshkosh, Cindy (Dale) Granger, DeForest, WI, Beth (Dave) Bernthal, New London; 6 grandchildren: Tiffany (Alex) Peterson, Havelock, NC, Brandon Dennison, Bear Creek, Blake Mellin, New London, Dillon Tiffany, Oshkosh, Amber Bernthal (Mark Krambs) and Molly (Ben) Shope, Wausau; 3 great-grandchildren: Sawyer & Marley Krambs and Lexi Shope. Her brother: Bill (Carolyn) Brown, Menomonee Falls, WI. Her sister: Betty Braun, Indiana. 2 half brothers: Jim (Fran) Brown, Black Creek, Robert (Irene) Brown, Marion. Several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, her step-mother, Mildred Brown and her husband, Russel. Funeral services were held 11 A.M. Monday, December 27, 2010 at the St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Symco with the Rev. Jeffrey Smiles officiating. Interment was in the Union Cemetery, Symco. Friends called from 4 until 7 P.M. Sunday at the Eberhardt-Stevenson Funeral Home & Crematory, Clintonville and after 10 A.M. Monday at the church until the time of the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Symco or the Washington Center, New London. An on line quest book may be signed at www.eberhardtstevenson.com.
The Dennison family would like to extend a special thanks to the Chatham Apartments, New London and Heartland Hospice for their compassion and support through this difficult time.