Mary Wirch

Mary Wirch (Hancock)

Friday, September 3rd, 1948 - Sunday, February 23rd, 2020
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​Mary H. Wirch, 71, of Pleasant Prairie, passed away on Sunday, February 23, 2020, at Froedtert Pleasant Prairie surrounded by her loving family.

Born on September 3, 1948 in Monticello, AK; she grew up in Texas and Iowa, but considered Lost Nation, IA to be her hometown. She was the daughter of the late Rev. Edwin and Margaret (Wright) Hancock. She graduated from Millikin University and earned her Master’s degree from National Louis University. She moved to Kenosha in 1970.

On June 24, 1972, she married Robert Wirch in Waukon, IA in a little white church on a hill.

She was employed by the Waukegan School District as an art teacher for 34 years until her retirement in 2005.

​Mary was an active member of The First Presbyterian Church of Kenosha. She sang in their choir for over 40 years and enjoyed helping with many groups and events. She was an outstanding volunteer at Kemper Center, and for ten years she loved helping decorate the Durkee Mansion in 1860s Christmas themes.

She is survived by her husband, Robert W. Wirch; two children David Wirch of Ridgewood, NY and Julia (Thomas Calkins III) Wirch of Twin Lakes, WI; and four siblings, Hugh Hancock, Susan (Robert) Noth, Sarah (Jerry Hergert) Hancock, and Eileen (Scott) Mabee. She is further survived by many dear nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Mary’s family was very important to her and she cherished their time spent together.

Mary believed strongly in the power of decency, compassion, and inclusion; she enriched those she knew and tried to add a little beauty wherever she went.

A visitation will be held on Friday, March 6, 2020 at Proko Funeral Home from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 7, 2020 at The First Presbyterian Church of Kenosha, 1803 83rdStreet, Kenosha, WI 53143 at 11:00 a.m. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Grace Welcome Center would be appreciated by the family.

Proko Funeral Home & Crematory
5111 60th St. 262 654 3533
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  • Visitation

    Friday, March 6th, 2020 | 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    Friday, March 6th, 2020 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    Proko Funeral Home & Crematory
    5111-60th Street
    KENOSHA, WI 53144
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  • Service

    Saturday, March 7th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Saturday, March 7th, 2020 11:00am
    First Presbyterian Church
    1803-83rd Street
    KENOSHA, WI 53143
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Pastor Lance Loveall
  • Interment

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Maggie Meeks-Bosanko

Posted at 06:41pm
Bob, while I have visited with you many times, at the Recplex, I only had the honor of meeting your wife, Mary, twice. Once at your fundraiser last fall (2019) and more recently at the Durkee Mansion. Even though I only met her twice, I could tell that she had a beautiful soul. I am sure she contributed so much to this world and spread joy wherever she went. My thoughts are with you during this difficult time. Hugs!

Christina Perez-Anderson

Posted at 01:44pm
Bob, my sincere condolences to you and family. I learned today Mrs. Wirch passed away. I never tried two & two together. You worked closely with my husband Craig at the Brass. I attended Jack Benny 1972 & 1973. I had your wife as my art teacher. She was a wonderful, patient, kind & talented woman. I am truly sorry for your loss. Keeping you & everyone in my daily prayers.

Posted at 08:41am
Bob, my condolences to you and your family! My heart felt sympathy and prayers! Phil DeHahn

Kristen Benetti-Hassler

Posted at 07:18pm
From the Benetti Family to the Wirch Family, our deepest condolences. Our 2 families go way back to when my oldest brother and their son were in cub scouts together. Bob, David, and Julia, you are in my prayers.
~Kristen Benetti

Jeanne M. Dwyer

Posted at 01:38pm
Mary was one of my best friends all through high school and beyond! We kept in touch over the years through letters and phone calls and events in Lost Nation when we could! I am sooo sad to hear of her death and send my thoughts and prayers to her family during this difficult time. Rest In Peace my friend.

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