OBITUARY

Mary Carolyn Wiese

September 3, 1934July 21, 2018
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Mary Carolyn Wiese, nee Priddy, of Chicago. Passed away on Saturday, July 21, 2018 at the age of 83. Born September 3, 1934 in Atchison, Kansas, the youngest child of the late Frank and Helen Priddy, nee Hockenhull. Loving wife of the late Charles L. Coleman; beloved mother of the late Joanna Wiese; cherished grandmother of Maggie (Austin) Drake and Micah Penhollow; adored sister of the late Helen Priddy Richards and the late Barbara Priddy Osborne; dear aunt of Scott (Tina) Richards, Ann Osborne Howard, and Catherine Osborne Ballesteros; caring great-aunt of Leilani Ballesteros.

Carolyn received her Master of Arts Degree from State University of Iowa in 1963. She had fond memories of teaching in Chicago Public Schools before taking a secretarial position at Illinois Masonic Hospital. Mary will always be remembered for her love of the piano and music, and for her sense of humor and caring gracious spirit.

Visitation Saturday, July 28th, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Drake & Son Funeral Home, 5303 N. Western Avenue, Chicago. Immediately followed by a Committal Service at Rosehill Cemetery, Chicago.

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, July 28, 2018
  • Committal Service Saturday, July 28, 2018
REMEMBERING

Mary Carolyn Wiese

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Anita Hough-Stielow

November 11, 2018

I have so much to say about Mary. I miss her and I last called her over a year ago and she was very confused about some paper work that she left out. I had to call the police to do a wellness check because we were suddenly cut off but the last thing that she said to me was that we would always be friends. I thought that she would call me back and keep in touch she remembered me fondly but she didn't call back. I am terribly heartbroken because I should have fought to keep in contact, I knew that there was something going on because this was not like her. The last phone call was just not the same Mary that I knew. I should have fought to stay in her life so that she knew that I did love her. I didn't know what was going on with me but I didn't fight hard enough to stay with her. I cannot believe that I didn't know about the funeral or that she was gone. I thought that she would always be there because she was a fighter and she was strong and I took it for granted. I wish that in these final years that someone from her family knew me. She was very private about friendships and I never got introduced to the family. I wish that one family member would reach out to me and tell me what happened and why she is gone. My number is 224-338-8076 if any family member is reading this. My name is Anita Hough-Stielow. I am telling the truth when I wrote that we were very close. I cannot believe that she is gone she was a major influence in my life. I wish that she were here now for a phone call. I cannot believe that I am so late about her passing away. I regret that I didn't call her sooner. I don't know if she passed away peacefully or where she was when she passed away. I wish that I knew her family. When her nephew came back into her life I was casted aside and then they took over. I think that the nephew was named Todd. I am not sure. Mary was the best friend that I ever had. I didn't know that she went through memory lost but when I called I knew that she was different.

Anita Hough-Stielow

November 11, 2018

Mary Carolyn Wiese was a very dear and close friend of mine throughout the 1990s to 2006 or 2007 but we lost communication with her because of her family members stepping in and not allowing me to remain in her life. We lost touch with each other when I lived in Schaumburg and our friendship was affected. It was the best friendship that I ever had. She was good to me and I loved her. We would have 3 hour conversations over the phone and we would often go out to dinner and have long talks. I met her in the early 90s through her daughter Joanna Wiese, From that time we slowly became friends and then we became very close friends. I would spend a night over and we would talk and watch movies together. Mary was very wise. She lived a life of wisdom and she changed my life and got me away from an abusive relationship. Mary gave me the strength to leave this relationship because her own daughterJoanna was murdered by her boyfriend and I always took her advice. Never once did I not take her wisdom. I was with her through the loss of her daughter but I was in another country through the trial and I would have been through that had I been in the country. Mary helped me through a divorce which was also very hard for me and she got involved and brought me through that divorce. Mary and me have been through some tough times and we came through them together. She came to my 2nd marriage to the wedding in 2002. We have been through a lot together. We were very, very close and I was saddened when our friendship changed because of her family. We were friends for a very long time, she was there for me when I became disabled and no longer able to work and sat through the process together with me. Mary was a superior friend to me and we were very close. I just found out today when I was getting ready to call her because I had a strange dream about her this week and I found this obituary. I did not know that she passed away and I am very shocked now. I lost a very wonderful friend.

Evelyn Friedman

July 24, 2018

I posted a memory but am not sure that it went through so am doing it again.
I just want to say that Mary will be missed by all of us at Granville Courts. She was always kind to everyone and very much a lady.
Since she lived right next to the front door it was not unusual for some one to knock on her door and ask to come in and rest because they were exhausted after a long walk or needed to sit down while doing laundry across the hall.
We all enjoyed her piano music and missed it when it dismissed with her loss of memory.
Even with memory loss she maintained an extraordinary sense of humor and a calm demeanor .
We will all miss her.
Evelyn

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