OBITUARY

Mary Brigid Wisely

July 14, 1940October 18, 2018
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Mary Brigid Wisely was born in the village of Murneen, Co Mayo Ireland on July 14 1940 to Jack and Ellen Smith the oldest of 6 children, she lost her father at the age of 6. Mary soon assumed the role of being responsible for the family, which developed in her an attitude of service and a talent for cultivating relationships. At the age of 14 her mother made the difficult decision to leave their beloved homeland, Ireland, to join her brothers on the distant shores of America. Mary was heartbroken leaving Ireland and her early years here were very difficult but strengthened by her faith and love of family she would persevere.

At the age of 20 Mary started to work at Square D an electrical manufacturing plant where she would meet her husband of 55 years Bill. Bill was a shy 18 year old when they met and after a few years of flirtation they finally had their first date on April 6, 1962. They were married less than 15 months later on June 29, 1963.

Mary and Bill soon welcomed 3 children to their family Mary, Anthony and Irene. Mary was a dedicated and involved mother. She was always present in the life of her children. She was the mom who would have everyone over to the house for hot chocolate or cookies. Everyone felt welcomed by her and she taught her children the art of creating relationships. She was the mom who volunteered for PTA or band parents. She was the mom who ran tailgates at West Point. She created a home where everyone felt comfortable and were welcomed by a radiant smile and a warm and generous heart.

Later in her life she would have the same role in the lives of her beloved grandchildren Jasmine, Justin, Anthony and Vincent whether it be traveling hundred or thousands of miles to attend a birthday, or attend a special event, graduation or any milestone. She never missed the first day of school or a sporting event. In Dexter she is known as the cream puff grandma baking for football dinners, wrestling, or the celebration of home runs.

Mary loved all her friends and family and often showed her love through entertaining. She created a home where everyone was welcome. She was the glue of the family who organized all of the holidays. Mary hosted many a family gathering and always went out of her way for everyone to make sure that they enjoyed themselves and had all that they needed.

Mary also suffered a lot of loss in her life time especially the death of her father at age 6. Soon followed by the loss of a very favorite aunt Sarah Ann. She lost twin brothers Ernie and Tom in infancy. Mary suffered many other losses including that of her sisters Annie and Irene and her mother Ellen. Through it all she maintained her faith in the Lord and persevered.

Mary was a person of tremendous unwavering faith. She lived this faith through continual prayer, regular attendance at Mass, and her attitude of service. Her radiant spirit shown through everything she did. Her warm and welcoming heart was a place where everyone who grew to know her felt comfortable. The tremendous outpouring of love through this loss only emphasizes the truly special person that she was. Everyone she met, even briefly, was truly touched, and felt incredible love for this warm, welcoming and generous spirit that was Mary.

Visitation will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Church (Country Church located at 6805 Mast Rd, Dexter MI 48130) on October 22 from 4 P.M. until the time of the scripture service at 7 P.M. Mrs. Wisely will lie instate at St. Joseph Catholic Church (Country Church located 6805 Mast Rd, Dexter MI 48130) on October 23 from 10 A.M. until the time of Mass at 11 A.M. Committal Service will be held at St. Joseph Cemetery (at the corner of Baker and Don Hoey Roads at 2528 Baker Rd, Dexter MI 48130) immediately following Mass. Memorial contributions can be made to Arbor Hospice and the Rogel Cancer Center Melanoma Program.

Services

  • Visitation Monday, October 22, 2018
  • Funeral Mass Tuesday, October 23, 2018
REMEMBERING

Mary Brigid Wisely

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Trish Lennon

October 24, 2018

Dear Uncle Bill, No words can express all the memories we have with you & Aunt Mary. From growing up as a child to now as I have my own. I am so thankful to have had a wonderful relationship with you both and so thankful she was a big part in Owens life also! I will hold onto all the special moments we've shared❤️ We love you so very much!!! xxxxoooo

Catherine Rutowski

October 22, 2018

Dear Bill and Family,
Heaven gained a saint. We lost one of the most kindest, sweetest and giving persons on this earth. We will always remember all the good times, children's activities and all she shared. Please know we will never forget and will always keep you in our prayers.
Be well Bill - and remember you have a wonderful family whom you taught well and they listened!
Love,
Cathy Rutowski



Sara Camara

October 22, 2018

Mary was simply the nicest person on this earth and I am deeply saddened by her passing. May her soul rest in peace. May the Lord comfort all of you.

Joan Kelly

October 22, 2018

Dear Bill and family,

Please find comfort in knowing that your grief is shared by all who were touched by Mary.
We have such wonderful memories of both of you as "backyard neighbors" in Secaucus.
We will always remember Mary's sweet smile, beautiful nature and her warm and kind heart (not to mention her cooking and baking)
Please accept our sincere condolences and may God keep all of you in his embrace.
Love Joan Kelly & Bob

Irene Esposito

October 21, 2018

Anthony and his #1 Girl

Shawn Tracey

October 21, 2018

Dear Family,
We are so very sorry to hear of your loss. Mary's warm smile, genuine caring, and sense of humor will be deeply missed. She always put the needs of others before her own and we will never forget how much she cared for and supported those she loved.
God bless you, Shawn Tracey and Family

Irene Esposito

October 20, 2018

Vincent and Anthony's Fan club

Irene Esposito

October 20, 2018

Vincent, Grandma, Pop & Anthony celebrating Anthony's 21st Birthday

Lucille Wright

October 20, 2018

Dear Mary, you will certainly be missed by those you have touched. Always dropping off Irish Soda Bread for your friends at Huber St. School on St. Patrick's Day was always welcome. I feel so blessed knowing you. My sincere condolences to Billy and the family.

Irene Esposito

October 20, 2018