In Memory of Mary Mahnke

Gathering of Family and Friends

5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Thursday November 29, 2018
St. Bridget Catholic Church
211 East Division St.
River Falls WI, 54022

Gathering of Family & Friends

10:00 am - 11:00 am
Friday November 30, 2018
St. Bridget Catholic Church
211 East Division St.
River Falls WI, 54022

Mass of Christian Burial

11:00 am
Friday November 30, 2018
St. Bridget Catholic Church
211 East Division St.
River Falls WI, 54022

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Mary Kay Mahnke, age 71, of River Falls, WI passed away unexpectedly at her residence on Monday, November 26, 2018. She was born on August 31, 1947 in Wausau, WI to Thomas and Margaret (Mattson) Trainor. She was a graduate of Newman Catholic High School in Wausau and received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Social Science. On August 31, 1968 on her 21st birthday she was united in marriage to Royal Lee Mahnke in Wausau, WI.
Mary was a loving wife and mother to her four children, and was a very loving and supportive grandmother to her eight grandchildren. She was a very compassionate person not only to her family but to anyone who knew her. Mary was an avid reader, and through her reading she became a trivia buff. She enjoyed celebrating holidays throughout the whole year.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Thomas and Margaret Trainor; infant twin brothers; sister, Marilyn (Darwin) Spletter.
Mary is survived by her loving husband of 50 years, Royal; her children, John Mahnke (fiancé, Lory Ruiz), Lee (Jesi) Mahnke, Ellen (Hondo) Dammann, Elizabeth (Jesse) Berg; grandchildren, Tyler, Jessy, Zane, Alexis, Brett, Evan, Easton, Natalie; nephews, Tom and Mike Spletter; many other relatives and friends.
Mass of Christian Burial for Mary will be 11:00 am on Friday, November 30th at St. Bridget Catholic Church, 211 East Division Street, River Falls. Gathering of Family and Friends will be 5:00-8:00 pm on Thursday, November 29th and one hour prior to Mass on Friday both at St. Bridget Catholic Church. Private interment will be at Restlawn Memorial Park in Wausau, WI.
In lieu of flowers memorials preferred to donors choice or the discretion of the family. 715-425-5644
Services are entrusted to O’Connell-Benedict Family Funeral Home of River Falls, WI.

Mary's Tribute Wall

Tributes (4):

  • Dear Roy and family,
    Our deepest sympathy to all of you. We have so many treasured memories of growing up together and sharing numerous holiday celebrations. Summers at the cottage were always great fun.
    I remember traveling by train to Chicago with her to visit Aunt Irene and Snooks when we were quite young, feeling so grown up!
    Although distance and our family lives did not offer a lot of time to spend together I always enjoyed the the visits and Christmas letters each year.
    My Mom, Win, enjoyed the phone calls in recent years from Mary reminiscing about the past, the most recent right before Thanksgiving.
    May all your memories of her bring you peace and comfort.
    Kathy, Win and the Spencer Family

  • To Roy and family,
    We are so sorry to hear about Mary Kay’s passing. Although we have not stayed in touch over the years, we have so many great memories of the early years together, especially during the holidays. Our connection to the Trainor family as part of our extended family are great times we will never forget. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Tom and Melody.