CROSS PLAINS – Mary F. Haack, age 89, passed away peacefully at Girlie Manor surrounded by her family on Monday, December 17, 2012. She was born on February, 20, 1923 in Black Earth, the daughter of Fred and Clara (Brunner) Bollig. Mary was an avid sports fan and enjoyed watching games on TV. She loved playing cards, hosting card parties, family gatherings at Christmas and birthdays. Each year she hosted deer camp with lunch for the hunters followed by watching a Badger or Packer football game. Mary loved cooking and baking, making hundreds of cinnamon rolls for her family, along with her foster child, Amy. Among her favorites were the pepper nut cookies at Christmas. Grandchildren were disciplined with "Nix, Nix, Nix" (No, No, No). Mary and her husband Walter enjoyed numerous trips over the years with wonderful close friends and family.
She is survived by her 9 children, Ray (Peggy), Rosie (Earl)Rettenmund, Jim (Kathy), Larry (Betty), Charles (Joan), Bill (Cindi), Gerry (Shirley), John (Lori), Dave (Pat); 32 grandchildren; 41 great-grandchildren; foster child, Amy; brother, Leonard (Dolores) Bollig; sister, Theresa Ripp; Sisters-in-law, Katie Bollig, Beatrice Bollig, Betty Haack and Joyce Bollig. Mary was preceded in death by her husband, Walter; sister, Katie (Joe) Kalscheur; brothers, Robert (Rhoda), Herbert, Edward, Otto, and Raymond Bollig; grandson Kurt Haack; and in-laws, Ray Ripp, Sr. Anne Christine Haack, John and Clara Krantz, Joe and Rita Haack, Art Haack, Marcella Santfleben and Bernadette Haack.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at SAINT FRANCIS XAVIER CATHOLIC CHURCH, 2947 Thinnes St., Cross Plains at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, December 19, 2012. Visitation will be held at the church from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 18, 2012 and from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service on Wednesday.
The family wishes to extend a special thanks to Agrace HospiceCare, Shirlie, Dr. Dan Jarzemsky, Father Tom Kelley, Sister John Rose Acker both of St. Francis Xavier and Doug Gregory and Staff of Girlies Manor.
"Mother, you were the very BEST! You and dad built a GLORIOUS nest. We learned everything was of God and of love. Now, together may you enjoy the heavens above. But, you still have much work to do, keep praying for all of us, so we can join you too."