In Memory of Mary Harp

A private graveside service will take place at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery.

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Mary Lee Harp, age 73 of Ellsworth, WI, passed away peacefully at her home on May 17, 2020, surrounded by her family. Mary was born June 11, 1946 in Red Wing, MN to Allen and Marjorie (Denzer) Yanisch. Mary’s life was blessed with a son, William. She worked as a waitress at the Ellsworth Café for many years, and as a nursing assistant at the Piety Nursing Home.

Mary was very outgoing and social, always treasuring her time with family and friends. She delighted in shopping and dancing. Mary also enjoyed fishing and traveling throughout the United States. She had a special place in her heart for dogs, and adored her companions, Foxy and Maggie.

Mary will remain in the hearts of her son Bill (Tracey) Hines of Ellsworth; grandson, Danny (Taylor) Hines of Northfield, MN; granddaughter, Ashley Hines of Woodbury, MN; siblings, Joanne (Tom) Huppert of Cottage Grove, MN, Larry Yanisch of Woodbury, MN and William Yanisch of Elmwood, WI; nephews, Scott Huppert and Justin Yanisch; and caretaker and dear friend, Susan Coutley.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Allen and Marjorie Yanisch; and her beloved dogs, Foxy and Maggie.

A private graveside service will take place at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery in Ellsworth. Those wishing to send condolences to Mary’s family may direct them to her family, or to: The family of Mary Lee Harp, O’Connell-Benedict Family Funeral Home, 130 N. Grant St., Ellsworth, WI 54011.

Cremation services are entrusted to O’Connell-Benedict Family Funeral Home of Ellsworth (715) 273-4421  

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  • Mary Lee was my friend. I knew and liked her in high school. I got to know her best when she moved into the apartment building that I live in. What a wonderful outlook she had on life. She was always happy and bubbly whenever I saw her. I found her fun to be around. She loved her family and friends. We had many nice times together. Watching tv together, eating together with a few other friends, serious talks and then the times when we would laugh so hard that I would almost lose my breath and my stomach would hurt.. I will really miss my friend.

  • Billy,Tracey and family

    You are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. May she rest in peace.

    I’m sure the Angels lead her into Heaven and is wrapped in the arms of God.

    Love Aunt Trudy

  • Oh how she was such a sweet and caring lady! She always had a smile on her face and loved catching up if she had not seen you in a while! I got the pleasure to get to know her as her son Billy was my neighbor so I got to talk to her when she was over watching her grandchildren! Billy, Tracie, Danny and Ashley you all are in my thoughts and prayers! Hugs to you all!
    Crystal and Thomas Griffith
    (Crystal Eaton)