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Mary Kathryn (nee Ryan) Pofahl, 71

Mary Kathryn (nee Ryan) Pofahl of Waukesha, passed away at home on July 1, at the age of 71, after a brief battle with cancer.

Mary was born in Rochester, Minn. on July 29, 1942. She graduated from Lourdes High School, Rochester, Minn. in 1960. She earned an A.A. degree from Rochester Junior College in 1962. She worked as a public relations in a variety of settings over the years. Mary happily settled into retirement in 2007.

Mary enjoyed her family, volunteering, finding a good bargain and being a grandmother to anyone who needed one. Mary had a generous nature and will be remembered and missed dearly by those who had the opportunity to know her.

Mary is survived by her loving husband of 40 years, Jim. They were married in Owatonna, Minn. on April 5, 1974.

Mary is lovingly remembered by her daughters Kristen (Mike Baumeister) Ryan, Madison, Wis. and Pamela (Jon) Orton, St. Louis Park, Minn.; grandchildren Sam Pfeifer, St. Paul, Minn., Aaron Pfeifer, Madison, Wis., Kathryn Orton, St. Louis Park, Minn. and Elizabeth Orton, St. Louis Park, Minn.; sisters Barbara (Dan) Danielson, Phoenix, Ariz., Sr. Lalonde Ryan, OSF, Rochester, Minn., Judith (Darrel Johnson) Ryan, Minnetonka, Minn., Linda (Mike) Hughes, Richfield, Minn. and Sr. Briana McCarthy, OSF, Rochester, Minn.; an aunt Della Cutting, Phoenix, Ariz.; and nieces, nephews and cousins.

Mary is predeceased by parents Clarence and Marian Ryan; and granddaughter Cecily Lalonde Pfeifer.

A time of remembrance will be at St. Luke's Lutheran Church, 300 Carroll Street, Waukesha, Wis. at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, July 11, followed by the Funeral Service at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Kathy Boadwine officiating. Private Interment at Prairie Home Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Arthritis Foundation ( or St. Luke's Lutheran Church.