Mary Mayek (nee McCauley), 85, of Plover, Wisconsin, died on August 5, 2016 at Atrium Senior Living of Stevens Point at Point Manor.
Mary “Tuky” Margaret McCauley was born on July 19, 1931 in New London, Wisconsin, the first child of Margaret Lyle Quall and George Rutherford McCauley. She spent her summers at the family cottage on Pine Lake, just outside of Clintonville, and enjoyed sailing, swimming, walks around the lake and Gibson’s Island. At Clintonville High School, she played cornet in the marching band, sang in the choir, and prepared for college. She graduated in 1955 from the Wisconsin State College in Stevens Point (now UWSP) with a Bachelor’s degree in Primary Education and a concentration in studio art. While in Stevens Point she met Don Mayek, then a Marquette University dental student. They were married on August 18, 1956 in Clintonville, Wisconsin. Mary supported many of her kids’ activities: ski team, chorus, band, and anything else where she could lend her organizational and supervisory skills–from fund-raising for school projects to sewing costumes for singing groups. Mary learned the game of golf so that she and Don could enjoy it together, and later became a force within the Northeastern Women’s Golf Association (N.E.W.G.A.), additionally held elective office and organized many events. She also served on the Stevens Point Country Club Board of Directors, where she and Don were members.
Mary is survived by her husband, Don, Plover; her sister, Harriet “Punky” McCauley Clintonville; children: Michael (Amy), Clintonville; Timothy (Debra), Hudson, WI; Christine (Brian Gorelick), Winston Salem, NC; Jennifer (Michael Stemple), Stevens Point; Joseph (Bridget), Hudson, WI; and John (Keiko) Lake Elmo, MN; grandchildren: Holly and Jesse Mayek, Christopher Mayek, David and John Gorelick, Andrew and Megan Stemple (partner Scott Zblewski-Creamer), Lily Mayek and one great-grandchild, Cayson Zblewski-Creamer. Mary was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Wesley “Buz” McCauley.
A private service was held at Saint Rose Catholic Church in Clintonville on August 9th. Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice. Pisarski Community Funeral Home of Plover was honored to serve the family. For online condolences please visit www.pisarskifuneralhome.com