pettengillmarypatMary Pat Pettengill of Port Washington, WI passed away Wednesday November 23rd, 2016, at VITAS Hospice in Wauwatosa, WI, where she was freed of her struggle with Pulmonary Fibrosis.

Mary Pat was born in Trenton, MO on May 2, 1956 to Maurice and Joan Pettengill. The family relocated to Hartford, Wisconsin in the mid-1960s, and she graduated from Hartford Union High School. Mary worked most of her adult life as an Airlines Reservation Agent and was a devoted retiree of Northwest Airlines. Mary was gifted with a beautiful singing voice and in her twenties performed with the Bel Canto Chorus in Milwaukee, WI. She was a lover of music, travel, British humor, animals, nature, and was an activist for the environment and Peace.

Mary is survived by her mother Betty “Joan” (Meeker) Strasburg of Belgium, WI, her father and step-mother Maurice and Pat Pettengill of Milwaukee, WI, her loving sister Martha Pettengill (Sandra Large) of Port Washington, WI. Also surviving her is her cherished friend and family member Leesa Vickers Wendt (Mark Wendt) who spent many hours lovingly helping and caring for Mary over the past year, as well as her step-siblings Lynn Schauwitzer (Steve), Gail Bruce (Jeff), Jane Galien (Ken Collins), Greg Scholtes (Suzi), Clark Strasburg (Susan), and Craig Strasburg (Nancy). She leaves behind her cherished cat, Jesse James, who will be well cared for. Mary will forever remain in the hearts and memories of all her family and extended family members, and many caring friends.

In keeping with Mary’s wishes, there will be no service or funeral. In Spring 2017 her family will hold a celebration of life at one of her favorite places, a bluff in Port Washington, WI overlooking Lake Michigan. In her memory, memorials to GreenPeace USA are appreciated.

Poole Funeral Home, Port Washington, Wisconsin assisting the family.



  1. We will always be soul buddies. .l think about you all the time. .all we did was laugh. .you are always in my thoughts and will be truely missed. .l have no doubt . .we will meet again. .Always with you. .your friend to the end. .Vicky

  2. My dearest friend, I am more than thankful for the sharing of yourself. Your unconditional love, your laughter, our connection, the joys, the sorrows/tears, our eating lunch together. Your Jesse James. My Josey, Cricket, Crumpet, & Nugget. Our private, open, and trusted conversations. Our friendship. Your humor. The belly-laughing/snorting together. I could go on and on.
    The loss of your earthly self is painful. Still, I truly feel you left a part of yourself with me.

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