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October 16, 2021

7/30/2021 5:29:00 AM
Mary Lee Cox

Mary Lee Cox, age 67, passed away on July 18, 2021 in Rhinelander. She was born on July 21, 1953 at Saint Mary's Hospital in Rhinelander and enjoyed living in the Northwoods. She graduated from Lakeland High School. She spent most of her life in Rhinelander and worked for Taylor Park Health Care for many years. Uniquely, she also moved overseas to live with her family in Ireland for a short time in the 1980s. She had a wonderful laugh and greatly enjoyed being with family and friends. She was overjoyed with her grandchildren.

She will always be remembered for her lifetime love of music. She was a huge Beatles fan. Mary Lee wrote music, sang, and played a variety of instruments for over 50 years and celebrated with a special half century performance at Nicolet College. Some bands she played with, going all the way back to high school, include The Sands of Time, Slim Pickins, Canyon Fire, The Usual Suspects, and Larry, Paul, and Mary. Some of her most memorable performances were at the Hodag Fest grounds. Notably her band performed during a concert weekend with Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson.

Mary Lee was deeply spiritual and was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Rhinelander for many years. She enjoyed singing with her friends there and will be truly missed. In recent years her passion for helping those with mental illness was a great source of pride. She worked closely with the local NAMI organization. NAMI was intensely important to her and she touched the lives of so many people during her years with the Oneida County chapter.

Mary Lee is survived by her sons Kristopher (Jennifer) Kuczmarski and Kyle (Megan) Kuczmarski, and brother Laurence (Incha) Wiesneske. She was preceded in death by her parents Laurence and Mildred (Brunell) Wiesneske, and loving husband Herbert Cox.

Mary Lee's family invites you to celebrate her life at Carlson Funeral Home Thursday, Aug. 5 from 5 to 7 p.m. A memorial is being established in Mary Lee's name for NAMI Northern Lakes-PO Box 1494-Rhinelander, WI 54501. You may leave your private condolences for the Cox family at

The Carlson Funeral Home (715-369-1414) is serving Mary Lee's family.

Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, August 4, 2021
Article comment by: Sue Janik

Mary Lee has been a wonderful addition to our drop-in center. She lit up the room with her laughter and she had a beautiful smile. I feel so 😪 that she is not with us anymore. But she is very much at home now. She loves the Lord with all her ❤

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