Mary Jean DeMuth (Heffernan)

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Mary Jean DeMuth (Heffernan), aka Little George, of Lake Tomahawk, went home to be with family and friends on Saturday, Aug. 22, 2020.

Born Dec. 23, 1942, Mary was a Christmas baby. This may explain her terrific enthusiasm for the holiday and her extraordinary ability to host elaborate celebrations with family, friends, acquaintances, and anyone who might benefit from her generosity. On Dec. 15, 1962, she married her college sweetheart, James “Larry” DeMuth. Together, they raised four children in Waukesha: Laura (Martin), John (Bobbi), Douglas (Pilar), and Jeffrey (Becky). Mary and Larry moved to Lake Tomahawk in 1997 and remained husband and wife for 58 years. Receiving her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing, Mary’s generosity and hospitality has touched many individuals and organizations over a lifetime of serving her community. Mary enjoyed many hobbies, most of which were examples of her giving spirit and hospitable nature, including: all things cooking related—baking cookies, large meal preparation, and appetizers, there was never a shortage of food at Mary’s home; all things sewing—dolls, dresses, costumes, and quilts that were almost always gifts to brighten someone’s life; all things crafting—Mary and Larry both enjoyed creating decorations to celebrate the holidays, some of these creations remained on display year-round. She also enjoyed her family time, usually around a campfire, and looking for bargains at yard sales, auctions and antiques stores. 

Mary had tremendous love for her grandchildren, Alexander (Laura and Martin), Steve (aka Tara) and Sarah (John and Bobbi), and Ellie and Adam (Jeff and Becky); and one great-grandchild Shaylee (Steve), who all benefitted greatly from her examples of generosity and kindness. Mary had two sisters, Nancy Smidle (David) of Kewaunee, and Judy Rundle (Jim) of Annandale, Va.

Mary is preceded in death by her father, Robert C. Heffernan, and mother, Hila Heffrenan; sister and brother in-law, Nancy and David Smidle; brother in-law, Jim Rundle; and grandson, Alexander DeMuth.

Mary is survived by her husband, James; sister, Judy; children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren previously mentioned; as well as many nieces and nephews.

Whether it be opening her home to a person in need, or collecting blood for the Blood Center of Wisconsin, Mary was an example of generosity and true humanity. She will forever be in our hearts and behaviors. May she rest in peace. 

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