Mary E. McKenna, 81, of Chippewa Falls, died Saturday, January 9, 2021 at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire.
Mary was born December 16, 1939 in Milwaukee, the daughter of Max and Elizabeth (Beckers) Gorski.
Mary was a member of St. Joseph’s Institute, and worked/volunteered at the Chamber of Commerce, Heyde Center, History Center, Jim Falls Library, childcare, 4-H project leader, Boy Scouts, Mission Coalition and was very active in her church. She was loyal to her family and to her values. She was steadfast in her faith, believing that God answers all of our prayers even if his answer is sometimes “NO”. As a devout Catholic, she lived a life on the road towards heaven. In her final days, she gathered with Msgr. Michael Gorman and members of her family to pray that the “welcoming committee” of saints would guide her home when she passed.
Mary is survived by one son, Lloyd (Molly) McKenna of Neenah; three daughters, Kathryn Burger of Chippewa Falls, Ruth Hopkins of Chandler, AZ, and Lori Zastrow of Berea, KY; three sisters, Suzanne Poniewaz of West Allis, Barbara (Fred) Stolz of Fond du Lac and Maxine (Karl) Polzin of Milwaukee; 20 grandchildren; Chad, Nicholas, Charles, Bryan, Drew and Kayla Burger, Jesse, Cheyenne, Sierra and Wyatt Hartwich, Olivia Hopkins, Mitchell Strangler, Lilianna, Marina, Philip and Cecelia Bagnoli. Katelyn, Madison, Allison and Alexander McKenna and 4 great grandchildren; Alexa Trout, Jamison, Cassie and Reid Burger.
Mary was preceded in death by her parents; and one sister, Janice Gorzycki.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, January 14 at St. Charles Church in Chippewa Falls. Rev. Msgr. Michael J. Gorman will be celebrant of the funeral Mass. Entombment will be in Hope Mausoleum in Chippewa Falls.
The visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, January 13 and from 9 a.m. until 10 a.m. Thursday at the Horan Funeral Home in Chippewa Falls. There will be a prayer service at 4 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Family prefers memorials to the New History Center or the Christmas Village.
Per the state mandate, facemasks are required for all those attending.
AFTER SERVICE NOTICE:
Funeral services for Mary E. McKenna were held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, January 14 at St. Charles Church in Chippewa Falls.
Rev. Msgr. Michael J. Gorman and Rev. William P. Felix concelebrated at the funeral Mass assisted by Matt Amundson and Ron Bresina.
Casket bearers were Phillip Bagnoli, Chad, Charles, Drew and Nicholas Burger and Brady Smetana.
Music during the Mass was provided by Lilianna Bagnoli, Jerry Boorsma, and Karen Schmidt.
Wednesday afternoon Msgr. Gorman led the family, relatives and friends in a prayer service at the funeral home.
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