Mary Elizabeth “Meme” (Funck) Stiloski

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MIDDLETON–Mary Elizabeth “Meme” (Funck) Stiloski, age 54, passed away peacefully on Dec. 8, 2020, at her home in Madison, surrounded by her children. Mary bravely fought a cancer diagnosis for over a year with unwavering resolve, faith and grace.  

Mary Elizabeth Funck was born to Thomas and Joyce Funck in Racine, on July 7, 1966. Mary was the youngest of three daughters. The Funck family moved to Middleton, in the year 1973. Mary was a sweet and shy little girl who adored her father. She enjoyed a happy childhood and the family lovingly called her our “Truly Scrumptious.”

Mary excelled in school. She graduated from Middleton High School in 1984 and later attended Madison Area Technical College. Mary went on to have a long and successful career in Medical Administration for several Froedtert and Aurora Clinics in the greater Washington County Area. 

Mary was married to Steve Stiloski in 1989 at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church and celebrated nearly 20 years of marriage together. They moved to Jackson, where they raised their family of three children until they moved to West Bend. for the remainder of their marriage. After their separation, Mary moved to Milwaukee, where she continued her career in healthcare and raised their son, Joe. Mary delighted in familial activities and would always describe her years as a Mother as being the most meaningful years of her life. She cared dutifully with a soft and deep love for all her children. 

Mary was incredibly engaged in her children’s lives and development. She relished in the opportunity to see her children excel and marveled at their sense of independence. Mary showed nothing but pride when speaking on their behalf. Mary also loved her parents, as well as her whole family and extended family. She always remembered birthdays and anniversaries and would send affectionate cards when you seemingly needed them the most.

Mary had an impeccable sense of personal style and fashion. She had an exquisite eye for current trends; regularly making her the best dressed person in the room. Her fashion sense and creative nature allowed her to excel in homemaking and interior design. Mary’s eclectic spaces had a unifying theme and vision that made the whole collection beautifully cohesive. She took pride in her home, especially during the holidays when her Christmas decorations would give any high-end boutique a run for their money.

Mary was also an animal lover and her affinity culminated in her love for her last dog, Nola. Mary’s dog was also named after her favorite city: New Orleans, LA. Mary loved New Orleans like no other place, and she dreamed about having a slice of creole living when she retired. From strolling the French Quarter where she could observe the ever-changing mood of the city to the aromas of its renowned cuisine, New Orleans was forever on her mind.

Mary’s beauty, warmth, quick-wit, and sly sense of humor will be missed. She was delightfully unconventional, a true individual with an unforgettable smile. The best way to remember Mary is to travel to New Orleans with someone you love and enjoy the nature of the idiosyncratic city.  

“Don't you just love those long rainy afternoons in New Orleans when an hour isn't just an hour–but a little piece of eternity dropped into your hands–and who knows what to do with it?”

–Tennessee Williams, “A Streetcar Named Desire”

Mary’s beautiful life will forever be cherished in the lives of her children, Bethany Stiloski of Lighthouse Point, FL., Kelsey Stiloski (fiancée Dustin May) of Madison, and Joseph Stiloski of Milwaukee. 

Mary is survived by her mother, Joyce Funck of Middleton; her sisters, Kristin (James) Kaltenberg of Verona and Patricia (Mike) Blohm of Woodbury, MN; her children’s father, Steve Stiloski of Slinger; and many nieces, nephews and extended family members. Mary is preceded in death by her beloved father, Thomas “Poppy” Funck.

A private funeral mass was held at St. Bernard Catholic Church. A celebration of Mary’s life and burial will take place in the summer of 2021 at St. Bernard Catholic Cemetery in Middleton,

We would like to extend our deepest gratitude to Agrace HospiceCare, Gunderson Funeral Home, St. Bernard Catholic Church, and all of Mary’s devoted doctors and nurses.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Sojourner Family Peace Center, Milwaukee. Online condolences may be made at gundersonfh.com.

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