I moved back to Wisconsin Rapids after being away for 11 years after my husband, Todd, passed away from cancer. I have two daughters: Carly, who lives in MN, and Cassidy, who lives with me now, and my black lab Ace. I have two siblings who still live in the area: my brother in Rapids, and my sister in Grand Rapids/Kellner. I love spending time with my girls. I was a church secretary for six years at Immanuel Lutheran Church and School in Gaylord, Minnesota.  

I am truly blessed to be back in a church family and have the love and support of the congregation. That means so much to me because family is everything to me.

I absolutely love working in the office setting. I hope I serve all the congregation with the blessing of my work here. I will bring my compassion, my love of the Lord, and my enjoyment to help in any way to make Immanuel Lutheran Church and School a better place.

The school’s theme for this year is “Connected” (John 15:5). Share a time in your life when you saw the importance of being connected to Jesus.

During the week of my husband’s parting, something was telling me to stay home with him and not go to work that week. The connection with my Lord filled me so much. That closeness got me through the darkest part of my life. I will never understand how people go through life not connected to him.

What is something that always makes you smile?

Seeing my girls and how they have grown into such loving and caring adults. Spending time with my nephew’s children and hearing them say, “Aunt Mary, you’re here.” My family tells me they can tell who is on the phone because of the smile on my face, which would be my friend Dan. 

Hometown: Nekoosa, WI