Verona--Mary Alice Niebuhr, age 95, passed away on September 8, 2016, surrounded by her family.

She was a 58 year breast cancer survivor, and survived other cancers throughout her years.

Mary Alice was born on October 14, 1920, and was the daughter of Daniel E. and Augusta (Herman) Grady. She was united in marriage to Norman W. Niebuhr on July 7, 1943.

Mary Alice was raised a block from St. Raphael’s Church in Madison, where she attended school. She graduated 8th grade in 1934 and was a 1938 graduate of Central High School. She worked at Wisconsin State Employment Services as an accounting clerk until she started a family, at which point she stayed home to raise her children. After the children were all in school, she returned to work at Motor Transport Company, where she remained as an accounting clerk until they closed 21 years later. Mary was a member of St. Patrick Church for many years. Her children attended school there and then went on to graduate from Madison East High School.

Mary Alice was a member of the Elks Lodge Lady Auxiliary, American Legion Auxiliary, St. Mary’s Hospital Auxiliary, and volunteered four years at the St. Mary’s Hospital gift shop. She was also a member of Daughters of Isabella Circle of Beaver Dam, Dane County Shamrock Club and St. Bernard’s Over 50 Club.

Mary Alice enjoyed playing cards and bingo. She loved to cook and bake for her family and grandchildren – especially pies and cookies. Her hobby was sending greeting cards to relatives and friends for all occasions.

In 1997 she travelled to Ireland with the Shamrock Club for a 2-week tour, where she hoped to find the county where her father was born.

Mary Alice is survived by two sons, John Niebuhr of Oceanside, CA and Steven (Cean) Niebuhr of Eagle River, WI, and a daughter, Linda (Dick) Lyons of Verona, WI, as well as her niece, Marie Fenske of Arizona. Mary Alice is also survived by her five grandchildren, Norman J. (Martha) Niebuhr of Idaho, Quincy (Lisa) Niebuhr of Cambria, WI, Eric (Lyndsey) Niebuhr of McFarland, WI, Shawn Lyons, a staff sergeant in the Army stationed in Ft. Gordon, GA, and Dawn (Nick) Burke of Madison, WI, as well as 5 great grandchildren. Mary Alice is further survived by her precious cat, Shadow, and many other nieces, nephews and friends.

She is preceded in death by her husband Norman in 1994 after 51 years of marriage; her daughter-in-law, Elizabeth Niebuhr in 2001; her parents; her only brother, Daniel C. Grady; and nephew Daniel H. Grady; as well as many other relatives and friends.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 1:00 pm on Monday, September 12, 2016 at St. Andrew Catholic Church, 301 N. Main Street, Verona, with Father William Vernon presiding. Visitation will be held from 12 o’clock noon until the time of Mass. Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, Monona.

Mary Alice was a loving, caring wife, mother, and grandmother who will be greatly missed. She will remain in our hearts forever.

Her family wishes to thank all the doctors, nurses and caretakers who cared for her throughout her remaining years.

An Old Gaelic Prayer

May the road rise to meet you

May the wind be always at your back

May the sun shine warm upon your face,

Till the rains fall soft upon your fields.

And, until we meet again,

May God hold you in the palm of His hands.

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