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October 16, 2021

9/14/2021 5:29:00 AM
Mary Katharine Hessefort

Mary Katharine Hessefort, 71, of the Town of Woodboro passed away on Friday morning, April 30, 2021 at the Marshfield Medical Center in Weston.

Mary, known to her family as Kathy, was born on Jan. 31, 1950, in St. Paul, Minn., to Richard F. and Agnes M. (Crist) Byron. At the age of five, the family moved to Naperville, Ill. Mary graduated in 1968 from Madonna High School in Aurora, Ill. She attended Alverno College in Milwaukee graduating in 1972 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing. She then moved to Rhinelander working for Oneida County as a Public Health nurse, and later was employed by Dr. Kate Home Health, and Peterson Health Care where she worked with the developmentally disabled. She was united in marriage to Glenn Hessefort at Our Lady Queen of the Universe in Woodruff. When the couple were first married, they had lived in Rhinelander and then moved to rural Harshaw, living there for over 30 years.

Mary enjoyed reading, cooking and crocheting. But most of all, Mary loved her family and enjoyed spending time with them and cooking amazing meals for large family gatherings.

She will be dearly missed by her children: Nick Hessefort of California and Katie Hessefort (Travis Brooks) of Harshaw; three grandchildren: Hailey and Hannah Mueller of Harshaw and Beatrice Hessefort of California. She is also survived by five siblings, sisters: Peg Hershberger of Rockford, Ill., Trudy (Ned) Byron Fahy of Cork, Ireland, Jeanne (John) Byron Ferguson of Oregon, Wis., Sara Byron (Robert Jeffers) of Hinsdale, Ill., and a brother Thomas Byron (Bob Benson) of Bolton, Mass. Also surviving are nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews and many other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents two decades ago and her husband Glenn Hessefort in 2004.

The visitation for Mary will take place on Friday, Sept. 17, 2021 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Hildebrand Funeral Home. The Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021 at Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church located at 125 E. King Street, at 11 a.m. with Fr. Chris Kemp officiating. Inurnment will take place immediately following the mass at Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Cemetery.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Hildebrand Funeral Home & Crematory, 24 E. Davenport Street, Rhinelander, Wisconsin, 54501, 715-365-4343. Everyone is invited to sign the guestbook, or leave an online condolence at

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