Mary K. Hehli, February 18, 1942 - November 3, 2018

Mary K. Hehli
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Mary Kay Hehli (McCarthy), age 76, passed away peacefully early Saturday morning at The Classic at Hillcrest Green’s. Mary was born on February 18th, 1942 to Irene (Miller) and John (Mac) McCarthy.  She graduated from Regis High School in 1960 and married her high school sweetheart Dave Hehli on    June 2nd 1962. Together they had 4 children.

 Mary was a Multicategorical Special Education teacher at Mondovi High School for over 20 yrs. Throughout her years as a teacher, Mary was admired by her students, their families, school staff, and administration for her tireless efforts and sincere level of care that provided much needed support for the youth who were facing a variety of unique challenges. Wanting to try a new challenge, she chose to join the business world by purchasing Bye’s Dress Shop in Osseo WI. She truly enjoyed the people and opportunities that this retail experience gave her. Mary’s Catholic faith was a very important part of her life and she volunteered in many different parishes teaching religious education, lecturing, distributing communion, and numerous volunteer efforts. Her faith and desire to help students brought her back into education. She finished her career working with at risk students in the Osseo School District.

Mary enjoyed traveling, reading, spending time with her numerous grandchildren, and anything Irish!

Mary is survived by her husband of 56 years David (Doc),  four children Pete (Lynlee) Hehli, Todd (Tammie) Hehli, Angie (Joe) Eisenhuth, and Beth (Toby) Salonek, 15 grandchildren Marissa (Matt) Price,  Karley (BJ) Coleman, Carson, Faye, Logan, and Griffin Hehli, Emily and Steven Hehli, Lindsey (Colin) Peterson, Amanda, Avery, and Cali Eisenhuth, Jacob, Max, and  Ben Salonek, and great grandchild Walker Peterson, Sister Pat Bunk, brothers Jon (Joan), and Mike McCarthy, Sister in law Anne Hehli Gust.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents Irene and Mac McCarthy, brother in law Dennis Bunk, and sister in law Michele McCarthy.

Funeral service will take place at 1 pm on Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at St. Raymond of Peñafort Parish, E10455 Mallard Rd, Fall Creek, WI 54742 with Father Derek Sakowski officiating. Visitation will take place at the church Wednesday morning from 11 am until the time of service.  Burial will take place in the Holy Guardian Angel Cemetery immediately following the funeral service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given in Mary's name to Wisconsin Special Olympics or Regis Catholic Schools Foundation.

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Hulke Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 3209 Rudolph Road, Eau Claire, WI 54701 is assisting the family with the arrangements.


  1. Bob Ulness November 24, 2018

    So very sorry to hear of Mary's passing. To Doc, Pete, Todd, Angie, Beth, and the entire family, my heartfelt condolences for your loss.

  2. Tammy Eide November 9, 2018

    Very sorry for your loss. Mary was a wonderful lady. You had a great mom.

    Tammy and Todd

  3. Dave Fredrickson November 9, 2018

    To the Hehli family,

    Sorry for your loss, we have another angle watching over us, God Bless, Dave Fred.

  4. Gordy & Jane Maske November 8, 2018

    Dave & family
    Jane and I are so sorry we missed your wife/ mothers funeral but would like to take this moment to pass our sympathy to you and your family. Mary was a very thoughtful and caring Mom, wife and parishioner and will be missed by many including Jane and I. Mary is in the hands of God now and the loving memories of her presence on so many will be kept in our hearts and minds always. Again, Jane and I wish to express our heart felt thoughts to all of you. God Bless and take care of each other in your time of sorrow. Gordy & Jane Maske.

  5. Matt & Yvonne DeWitte November 8, 2018

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this very difficult time. Cherish the memories...…..

  6. Lisa Salonek November 7, 2018

    My condolences to the entire family. Mary was a wonderful lady.

  7. Barb Wright November 7, 2018

    I'm so glad I had the opportunity to know Mary when we were teaching together at Mondovi. Her quick wit and hearty laugh made each day fun, especially on our pizza Fridays! She was a great lady, and will be missed.

  8. Fr. John A. Schultz November 7, 2018

    Prayers and blessings at the time of your wife's and mother's and grandmother's death. I remember her particularly in the late 1990s and early 2000s, when she took initiative to have a Religious Education Program for children with special needs from the area. The Program was at Regis. I was Dean at that time. I was very thankful. for her effort and the fact that she took the initiative. Sorry to say, I am previously scheduled Wednesday and will not be able to participate in the Liturgy or visitation..

  9. Linda Brenner November 7, 2018

    So very sorry to hear about your loss! Your mom was a wonderful lady, God bless you all.

  10. Cale and Andrea Bushman November 6, 2018

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. It sounds as if Mary was a wonderful women who had a meaningful impact on all those with whom she had contact.

  11. Rose Ann Welke November 5, 2018

    Say not in grief "She is no more" but live in thankfulness that she was.
    (Hebrew Proverb) RoseAnn Hovland Welke

  12. MaryJo Hovland Gallagher November 5, 2018

    Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His faithful servant. Psalm 116:15
    Peace to you Dave . MaryJo

  13. Marsha Brannen November 5, 2018

    So sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers are with you all

  14. David P Nelson and Family November 3, 2018

    I and my family are so sorry to hear of your loss. Please know you are all in our thoughts and prayers.