Mary E. (McCormick) Stieve, 85, of Baraboo, passed away Friday, March 9, 2018.
Mary was born Feb. 2, 1933, a daughter to Joseph and Helen (Condon) McCormick, the first baby born in the new hospital. In 1941, the McCormick family moved to Baraboo to be close to their father’s work. Mary and her siblings all attended St. Joseph Grade School. Mary graduated from St. Joseph’s in 1947 and from Baraboo High School in 1951. She furthered her education at the Sauk County Normal School, graduating in 1953. Mary started her teaching career in a one-room school, consisting of grades one through eight.
On May 22, 1954, Mary was united in marriage to the love of her life, Roger E. Stieve, son of Fred and Anna Stieve of Baraboo, at St. Joseph Catholic Church. This union remained until Roger’s death in December 2014.
Mary and Roger were blessed with five children. Roger and Mary lived on the family farm. When Roger was drafted in the Army in 1955, Mary and their young son remained in Baraboo while Mary continued her teaching career while Roger served his country. In 1959, with two sons and a daughter, the family moved to their longtime residence on Guppy Street in Baraboo.
In 1961, Mary went to work at Industrial Coils and returned to teaching at St. Joseph School in 1968, and remained teaching there for 30 years. During this time, Mary went back to school at University of Wisconsin-Platteville and earned her bachelor of arts degree in elementary education.
Mary is survived by her five children, Anthony of Chicago, Teri and Tom Dorner, Tim and Deb Stieve, Kathy and John Statz and Kevin and Tammy Stieve, all of Baraboo; three brothers, J. Patrick McCormick of Springfield, Illinois, Bill and Jan McCormick of Racine, Jim and Carol McCormick of Ames, Iowa; and one sister Teri McCormick of Madison; many nieces and nephews; 14 grandchildren; and 13 great grandchildren.
Mary was extremely proud of her Irish Heritage and in the fall of 1998, Mary traveled with her sister to Ireland. In March 2001, Mary was named the Irish Rose of the South Central Shamrock Club.
In retirement, Mary became involved in the St. Clare Hospital Auxiliary serving as president for three terms and 13 years as membership chair, was a member of the Daughters of Isabella where she served as regent for three terms, was in charge of funeral dinners at St. Joseph’s for several years and served as the secretary for the Retired Teachers and South Central Shamrock Club.
Mary was preceded in death by her husband, Roger; her parents; her in-laws; her sister-in-law, Monica; a niece and nephew.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 24, 2018, at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Father Jay Poster officiating. Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. until the time of Mass at the church. Inurnment will follow at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery. The Daughters of Isabella will pray the rosary at 4 p.m. Friday, March 23, 2018, at the church in honor of Mary.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the St. Joseph’s Annual Fund, Endowment Fund or the St. Clare Cardiac unit. Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family.
Mary wanted to make sure that she said “thank you” to her children for the several years of care that they provided her and to Father Jay Poster.
The family members wanted to thank Dr. Danny Sessler for the many years of care provided to Mom and a special thank you to the staff at Meadow Lane and St. Clare Meadows Rehab for all they did for Mom during her stay.