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Mary Elizabeth Urbanek

February 3, 2023 | 3 comments

Mary Elizabeth Urbanek age 52 of Saint Paul, Minnesota passed away peacefully Wednesday, February 1st, 2023 after her battle with colon cancer with close knit, loving, special friends and family by her side. Mary was born on September 28, 1970 to Stanley J. and Elizabeth (Grossbach), later married Ron Von, Urbanek in La Crosse, Wisconsin. After graduation from La Crosse Central High School in 1988, she went on to further her education at Minneapolis College of Art and Design. She remained active in the arts ever since.

Mary is survived by her brother, David Hutschenreuter and his daughter; Jamie (Wes) and grandchildren, James, Austin, Nicolas, and Elizabeth, and son, Bryan (Josiah).  She is also survived by her sister, Cari (Matt) Servais and their daughter, Jessica and son, Nathan.  Mary is also survived by her Godfather, Jerry Grossbach and Godmother Kathleen McConnell.  She is also survived by  her very special friend, Jesse Haug and their beloved dog, Helix.

Mary is preceded in death by her parents, Stanley Urbanek and Elizabeth A. Von; and grandparents, Joseph and Stella Urbanek of La Mesa, CA, Carl Grossbach of Redwing, MN, Ermal and Milton Stoll of La Crosse, WI.

Mary’s Celebration of Life will be held at the Gathering Place (133 Mason St Onalaska, WI 54650) on Saturday, February 18th, 2023 from 1:00pm-4:00pm. Mary is requesting all family and friends, near and far, to come celebrate her with their stories. The family requests no flowers.

“Have a great day trip and share my stories” – Mary

Mary’s family would especially like to thank Jesse Haug for his tender loving care of her during this difficult time.  Thank you to Karen Haug & Lori McKenzie and Michael, Patrick, Lance, Stacy and Jamie and so many others.



  1. Dale and Mindy Servais

    Cari, Matt and family, So Sorry for your loss
    With the time we’ve been given, Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
    Peace and Love –

    • Kristine Saunders (Wyant)

      Thank you Jesse for your love and support with Mary.
      Thank you to all of Mary’s family and friends.
      Mary was a beautiful soul that I wish I could have gotten to know her more other than our brief rendezvous at family picnics on the Ridge.
      Sending prayers and love for all family and friends.
      You never know where your life journey takes you. Make the most of every day and celebrate Mary’s life and the memories she had made with you.

  2. Pat Wuttke

    I am so sorry for your loss. Mary was such a bright light.


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