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Mary M. Wheeler, June 7, 1962 - March 12, 2020

Mary M. Wheeler
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Mary M. Wheeler, 57, of Eau Claire, passed away Thursday, March 12, 2020 at Mayo Clinic Health System-Eau Claire.

Mary Wheeler, born Mary Mac Donald, as the first of three children born to Margaret and William Mac Donald at St Joseph's Hospital, Chippewa Falls, WI.  She was later joined by two other siblings, John H. and Robert W.  The family of 5 resided in the East Hill neighborhood of Chippewa Falls, WI where Mary enjoyed many, many hours playing with her dolls and best friend Christy.  Sadly, William Mac Donald passed away in 1971.

A few years later, a dark-haired knight came riding into this young family’s lives and with him came three beautiful children.  His name was Kipling D. Wheeler.  Kipling, Kip as he was known to friends and family, also lost his spouse at a very young age and so Linda K., Deborah L., and Dale L., lost their Mother.

The families quickly bonded and in 1975 Margaret and Kipling were united in Marriage.  In 1976, Kip legally adopted Mary, John, and Robert making them a family of eight Wheelers!  They moved to a 120-acre hobby farm south of Eau Claire, WI near Brackett, WI where Mary lived while attending and graduating from Memorial High School.

Mary had many interests in life but her favorite jobs, (she would never call it a job because she enjoyed it immensely) was providing care to others.  Mary was a “Sunshine Care Person” for T.O.P.S. & the American Legion Auxiliary.  She would spend hours cutting, sorting, tallying, and sending coupons to our Soldiers, Sailors, Air Force Members, and Marines overseas to help those families.  Mary was an active member of St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Eau Claire, WI and was well known for sending cards to members who could no longer leave their homes.  Mary enjoyed many hours at the L.E. Phillips Senior Center where she was well known for greeting anyone and everyone who walked in the door.

Mary loved the Fall season and enjoyed driving herself and Margaret around looking at the beautiful leaves as they changed color and at the end of the day, as with most Sundays, she enjoyed playing Farkle.

Due to the recent developments, services for Mary will be private for immediate family only.  

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given in Mary's name to St. Matthew Lutheran Church or the L.E. Phillips Senior Center. Friends and family may offer condolences online at

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


  1. Joel Hedrington March 18, 2020

    Margaret and family,

    I am so very sorry to read of Mary’s passing. She truly was one of the kindest, loving people I know. I have so many great memories of her with Grandma Catherine and Grandpa Mack! She is now at peace in no more pain joining her dad, gram and gramps teaching them her favorite game and catching them up on all life’s events since their departure. God Bless you and sending a huge hug to you!!


  2. Nancy Ellis March 17, 2020

    Dear Margaret,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Mary was so SPECIAL. Every time I saw her she would always say,”HI” and then of course, she would SMILE and then of course we would start TALKING. Many times Mary talked about you Margaret and how Special you were to her. Mary was so very easy to talk to. She takes after you Margaret. You raised a wonderful Daughter.
    Love You Margaret, Nancy

  3. Amy Zimmer March 17, 2020

    So sorry to hear of Mary’s passing. She is a very special lady that brought sunshine to others in their time of need. Her sunshine will shine on. May she Rest In Peace.

  4. delores brun March 17, 2020

    Margaret I am so sorry for your loss. Mary was such a sweet soul, she had a smile and a kind word for everyone that she saw.

  5. Cora Ann and Gordon Haugli March 16, 2020

    Maggie, I'm so sorry about Mary's loss. Please know we're both thinking about you and sending our love and thoughts your way. With sympathy to you and your children, from
    Cora Ann

  6. Judy Adank March 16, 2020

    So sorry for your loss Wheeler family. Mary will be missed by many.

  7. Carol Lamirande March 15, 2020

    Dear Margaret - I was so very sorry to learn of Mary's passing. She was such a ray of sunshine, always smiling , and always willing to share laughs and conversation. I will miss her! I hope it comforts you in some small way to know your Senior Center friends are holding you close in thought and prayer as you say your goodbyes. I'm sorry I can't be there to express my condolences in person. May God's peace be yours.
    Carol Lamirande

  8. Barbara Harling March 14, 2020

    Dear Margaret,

    I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved daughter, Mary. She was a great lady with a great sense of humor. We will sorely miss her at our TOPS meetings. Sincerely, Barbara

  9. Karen Poquette March 14, 2020

    Dear Wheeler Family
    So Sorry for your Loss I worked with Mary at the LE Phillips Senior Center she was a Gem always Smiling and ready to help out when ever I needed her in the Kitchen. Mary You will be Dearly Missed my Friend ❤️

  10. Kathy Pankonen March 13, 2020

    Margaret, I am so sorry to hear about Mary's passing. She was always such a delight to be around and her smile would light up a room. Please accept my deepest sympathy.

  11. Linda Elbert March 13, 2020

    Dear Margret and family, I am so sorry to hear of Mary’s passing. Such a wonderful and kind Lady. She will be so missed. Please let me know if I can do anything for you and family. Love Linda Elbert.