Mary Kay Zemlicka

Mary Kay Zemlicka

Mary Kay Zemlicka age 57 of Monroe, died on March 16, 2017 at Kaiser Permanente Vacaville Medical Center from injuries sustained in a vehicular collision near Vacaville, CA.

Mary Kay was born September 6, 1959 in Sycamore, IL, the daughter of Edward and Kathryn (Stauffer) Becker. She graduated from Monroe High School in 1977. In 1980 she graduated from Deaconess Hospital School of Nursing in Milwaukee, WI. She married Randy Zemlicka on August 2, 1980 at Saint John’s United Church of Christ in Monroe. Soon after they were married, they lived on a farm in Iowa County and Mary Kay worked as an RN at the Memorial Hospital of Iowa County. In 1991 she and her family moved to Monticello where Mary Kay joined the Monticello Fire Department (15 year member) and New Glarus EMS (20 years). As a registered nurse, her pursuits in life centered around helping others by compassionately applying her medical skills. Most recently she worked at Monroe Clinic as a nurse educator and as a Parish Nurse at Hope Evangelical Free Church.

Her time was lovingly devoted to her husband, three children, and three grandchildren. Mary Kay had a passion for music. She spent many years as a church pianist, accompanying congregations and playing for various special occasions. Mary Kay loved children and prided herself in being “Grandma Z” to all who knew her.

Mary Kay is survived by her husband, Randy Zemlicka; three children, Karen (Corey) Shenk, Stephen Zemlicka, and Adam Zemlicka; three grandchildren, Isaiah Shenk, Elijah Shenk, and Micah Shenk; and three brothers Roger Becker, Marvin (Darlene) Becker, and Jim (Kathy) Becker; and several nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her loving parents Edward and Kathryn Becker.

Funeral services and The Nightingale Tribute will be held on Tuesday, March 28, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at Hope Evangelical Free Church with Pastor Rick Haworth officiating. Interment will follow in Greenwood Cemetery, Monroe. Visitation will be held at the church on Monday, March 27, from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Memorials are suggested in Mary Kay’s honor to Hope Evangelical Free Church and can be designated to Samaritan’s Purse, Compassion International, or the church’s memorial fund in her honor. The Newcomer Funeral Home, Monroe, is assisting the family. Condolences may be shared at

Mary Kay was an energetic woman who loved to wear colorful clothing. To honor her, the family asks those attending the visitation and funeral to wear bright and colorful clothing.