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“My condolensences go to the Walters family. I worked with Doug at Fleet Farm in Wausau. He is truly a special person who cares for those who he calls...Read More »
1 of 20 | Posted by: Brenda Bolin (Baumann)

“Doug,This is just from me to you.I've just read Mary's complete obituary.It is a very good thing that you could be with her in her final minutes. It...Read More »
2 of 20 | Posted by: Bob Estabrook - Rhinelander, WI

“My deepest sympathy to all the family of Mary.  She was always a very special person to me.  I will miss her dearly.  May God give you...Read More »
3 of 20 | Posted by: Elaine J Mueller - Edgar, WI

“Doug and Family,So sorry to hear of your loss.  She was a very strong lady.  Cherish your memories.  Our thoughts and prayers are with...Read More »
4 of 20 | Posted by: Mike and Barb Watz - Rhinelander, WI

“Mom Walters will be missed a lot.  She made such a difference in my life all those years ago when I would come by the house every day on the way...Read More »
5 of 20 | Posted by: Ann Sharratt - Alexandria, VA

“Doug,  We are so sorry to hear of your loss.  I know how hard it is since I lost Bill this past June.  Please know that you are in our...Read More »
6 of 20 | Posted by: Phyllis Beranek & Chris - WI

“I know Mary will be missed. She and Doug were the "cool" parents when I was growing up in Rhinelander. They created a welcoming atmosphere at their...Read More »
7 of 20 | Posted by: Gene Kalligher - Saint Paul, MN

“Doug,I was looking up my wife's aunt, Lorraine Carls obit when I seen Mary's. May our lord Jesus Christ walk hand in hand with you in your loss, have...Read More »
8 of 20 | Posted by: Jim Arndt

“I met Mary at Wausau Manor.  She and my Mom became friends while patients there.  Mary was the dearest friend for my quiet, shy Mom.Mom...Read More »
9 of 20 | Posted by: Patricia Schultz - Wausau, WI

“To Brad and your family, I know that we have not seen each other for many years but I would just like to say that your mother was a wonderful person...Read More »
10 of 20 | Posted by: Mark Spafford - River Falls, WI

“My sympathy to all of the family.  Mary was a kind and plesant neighbor especially to Pixie when she and Brad were in high school and dating. ”
11 of 20 | Posted by: Betty Lidral - Rhinelander, WI

“Mary was an exceptional, wonderful, strong person.  We didn't get to see her often, but enjoyed visiting with her when we did see her and...Read More »
12 of 20 | Posted by: Darlene  Dix - Racine, WI

“My sympathy at the loss of Mary, she was a special lady. Please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers. ”
13 of 20 | Posted by: Julie Kryshak - Evergreen, CO

“Doug & family,You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.  Mary was a wonderful person and I was so happy to have met her and see her...Read More »
14 of 20 | Posted by: Tanya Stegall - Galloway, WI

“Doug and Family, So sorry to hear of your loss. You delt close to tour family for many,many years. We wish you the best for your family.Tim &...Read More »
15 of 20 | Posted by: Tim Zeske - Rhinelander, WI

“Doug & family, we are so very sorry to hear about Mary.  Pete has many fond memories of working with Mary at the credit union.  She was a...Read More »
16 of 20 | Posted by: Pete & Pinky DeLoye - Eagle River, WI

“Hello Walters Family,We wanted to let you all know that we are thinking of you all and send our sympathy.Wade and Becky Weiland ”
17 of 20 | Posted by: Wade and Becky Weiland - Wausau, WI

“Doug and family,A long and agonizing life journey is finally over for Mary. Please accept our heartfelt condolences. Hopefully she is in a far...Read More »
18 of 20 | Posted by: Bob and Barb Estabrook - WI

“Doug & Family you have our deepest sympathies in the loss of your most loved one, Mary.May God Bless you All.Love & Prayers,Dan & Scottie ”
19 of 20 | Posted by: Daniel J & Elvira B Stevens - WI

“Dear Doug and family,We were so sorry to read about Mary's death.  We remember the last time we saw you in Lac du Flambeau.  She sure was a...Read More »
20 of 20 | Posted by: Bob and Barb Thompson - WI

Mary Ellen Walters (Baumann), 67, of Wausau, peacefully passed away at Wausau Manor, on Saturday, January 9th, in the arms of her husband with family by her side after a gallant and dignified 30 year struggle with Multiple Sclerosis.

Mary was born to Louis and Erna (Zirbel) Baumann on October 17th, 1942 in the Town of Wein.  She graduated from Edgar High School and married her childhood sweetheart and love of her life, Doug Walters on September 1st, 1962.  Mary attended UW Stevens Point and college in MN, earning her degree in computer punch operation.  Mary started her career at Wausau Insurance until the birth of her children and resumed her career at Ripco Credit Union in Rhinelander until MS prematurely ended her career.  In addition, Mary was an accomplished organist serving her Lord at various churches in Edgar, Wausau and Rhinelander.  Mary was a tireless, caring wife, mother, grandmother and friend.  She enjoyed traveling with her family, cooking and baking, creating various arts and crafts and was a talented seamstress.  In addition, she was an avid sports fan of her kids and grandkids as well as college and professional.  Her true pride and joy was always having special baked treats ready whenever the grandkids were home.

Mary is survived by her husband of 47 years, Doug, their children: Brad and wife, Jane and their children, Alexandria and Benjamin of Belleville, WI.  Daughter, Lisa Swan and husband, Rob and their son, Kyle of Wausau.  Son, Keith and wife, Tammy and their children Marcus and Cole of Florida.

Mary is further survived by her sisters, Delores Ringle of Missouri and LouAnn Miles of Edgar; brothers and sister-in-law, Frank and Judy Walters, Gary and Betty Walters, Ron (and fiancé Julie) Walters all of Wausau, Greg Walters of Mayville and many nephews and nieces, cousins, aunts and uncles.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her mother and father-in-law, Frank and Mildred Walters; her brother-in-law, Elmer Ringle and sister-in-law, Carol Walters and niece, Cindy Niklinski.  

The family cannot thank enough, Bonnie Laessig, Sue Sheils and her special “sister” Betty Walters for their constant care and unconditional love.  Additional thanks go to the staff of the Wausau Hospice and Wausau Manor and her very special nurses and caretakers.

Mary is donating her body tissue for further medical/forensic study to the MS Society, in the hope that one day we may see the end of this hideous disease and make sure that she had not endured all the years in vain.

Visitation will be at the Helke Funeral Home in Wausau on Friday, January 15th from 4-8pm.  Funeral services will be held at First English Lutheran Church on Saturday, January 16th at 12:00 pm, with visitation from 10am until the time of service.  Reverend Scott A. Mann will be officiating.  Is so desired, memorials can be made the Multiple Sclerosis Society at  www.nationalmssociety.org/chapters/WIG/index.aspx.  Please contact the funeral home at www.helke.com for further information.  

Mom, you will be missed by your children and grandkids more than you will ever know.  You made us appreciate our lives so much and brought so much love.  Say hi to grandma’s and grandpa’s and everyone that has meant so much…now you can walk whenever you want…Love, Brad, Lisa and Keith.

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