Madison - Mary Lou Roach, 87, passed away on Sunday, August 5, at Bright Star Assisted Living.
Mary Lou was born on December 25, 1930, in Madison, to Anna and Joseph Mohrhauser. She attended St. James Grade School until 7th grade and then went to Edgewood Campus School. Mary Lou graduated from Edgewood High School in 1949 where she met her future husband, Patrick M. Roach. After High School, Mary Lou attended Madison Area Technical College and then was employed at State Farm Insurance Company.
In 1957, Mary Lou and Patrick M. Roach were married at St. James Catholic Church. They went on to have five children: Pat, Terry, Mike, Ann, and Ellen. Mary Lou was an active stay-at-home mom, keeping busy raising the children, attending her children's sporting events, and volunteering at Blessed Sacrament School and Parish.
Mary Lou had the heart of a saint. She was a devout Catholic and lived her life as such. She believed in the goodness of every person, and helped friends and strangers alike. Whether she donated funds to a variety of charities, volunteered at St. Mary's Hospital gift shop, purchased whatever the neighborhood children sold, or listened compassionately to others' trials, Mary Lou was a true servant on this Earth. She was devoted to her family and made home-cooked meals regularly. She loved her friends and maintained life-long friendships until dementia interfered. Mary Lou enjoyed playing bridge, getting her hair and nails done, drinking coffee with a sweet treat, visiting with extended family, and listening to Christmas music. She had a special bond with each of her grandchildren as well.
Mary Lou is survived by her children Terry Roach, Mike Roach, Ann Haase, son-in law, Lee Haase, grandchildren Darby and Jake Roach, Brad and Tim Consigny and Joe and Nate Haase, in addition to several nieces and nephews, including John (Diane) Roach, Robert (Julie) Roach, Mary Beth Drabik, Susie Roach Cates, Dan (Carol) Roach, Jimmy (Heather) Roach, and Tom (Sherry) Mohrhauser; other family members include Vicky Roach and Dan Consigny.
Preceding Mary Lou in death were her husband, Patrick M. Roach, her son Patrick J. Roach, her daughter, Ellen M. Consigny, her brother James E. Mohrhauser, sister-in laws Mary Gene Roach, Ellen M. Roach, Jean Mohrhauser, and brother-in-law John J. Roach.
To honor Mary Lou's life, a mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, August 13, at 11:00 a.m. at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 2116 Hollister Avenue, Madison. Visitation will be at the church, prior to the mass, 10:00-11:00 a.m., and a luncheon will follow immediately after the mass.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions in Mary Lou's name be made to St. Mary's Hospital Chapel Restoration Fund, 700 S. Park St., Madison, 53715.
A special thanks to the staff at Bright Star Assisted Living who provided wonderful care and companionship to Mary Lou in her final years.
Sing among the angels, Mary Lou, and Rest in Eternal Peace.
Cress Funeral & Cremation Service
3610 Speedway Road
My deepest sympathy to your family, I worked with Mary Lou at Verex too, what a special woman she was. We all got along so well, it was fun to go to work. I have some very funny stories that I will always remember. So much laughing and fun times. May she always be with you in your thoughts and prayers. God Bless You!
I worked with Mary Lou at Verex from 1990 to 1993. She was one of the nicest people I have ever met. We clicked right away and became friends. It was very sad to see her obituary. We had lost contact over the past few years. She will be missed by so many people. Rest in Peace Mary Lou. I'm sure Pat was waiting!
Your family is in my prayers!!! She is in good hands with God!!! You're my brother for life Terry Roach!!! Naranjo Carson
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