Mary Elizabeth Wepking

Mary Elizabeth Wepking

Mary Elizabeth Wepking, age 88, of Highland, died on Sunday, November 12, 2017 at St. Mary’s Hospital following a brief illness. Mary was born on July 21, 1929 to LeRoy and Alice (Biddick) Gundlach on a farm near Livingston, WI. She lived in Livingston until her family moved to Highland in 1945. Mary graduated from Highland High School in 1947. She worked on the family farm until her marriage to Lenus Wepking of Highland on January 20, 1951.

The couple lived in the Milwaukee area for several years until moving back to Highland area. In 1958, Lenus and Mary moved to a farm north of Highland, where Mary worked and lived until her death. Mary was a wonderful wife, mother, sister, grandmother and friend who loved spending time with her family. She loved animals – especially her cows and calves, kitties and hummingbirds. Mary was an avid gardener who spent many hours in her raspberry patch. She also enjoyed baking and traveling.

In later years, Mary became a huge UW Men’s Basketball fan, pacing the floor while watching close games. She will be deeply missed by those who knew and loved her.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lenus in 1989; her parents; a sister, Ila (Pat) Brink; three brothers, Carl (Dodie), Kenneth (Eileen) and Clayton (Mary) Gundlach.

Survivors include her eight children, Lynn (Jerry) Franke; Corinne (LaMont) Liefke; Rex (Teresa) Wepking; Ralph Wepking; Kim Wepking; Dean Wepking; Lisa Wepking and Renee (Jeff) Brown; six grandchildren, Nathan Franke; Michael Franke; Sarah (Alex) Cockerill; Emily Liefke; Tiana (Ray) Poppe and Dustin (Brandi Ruf) Wepking; one great grandchild, Rexy Poppe; a brother, Gary (Roni) Gundlach as well as many in-laws, nieces, nephews and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 12:00 Noon on Friday, November 17, 2017 at the Avoca United Methodist Church with Pastor Dan Whitford officiating. Visitation will be from 4:00 P.M. until 6:30 P.M. Thursday, November 16, 2017 at the McGuire-Peterson-Houck Funeral Home in Highland and at the church on Friday after 11:00 A.M. Burial will be in the Highland Cemetery followed by a luncheon at the Highland Fire Station.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Highland Rescue Squad would be greatly appreciated.

Mary’s family wish to express a special thank you to the staff at St. Mary’s Hospital for their exceptional care.

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