Mary Jane Nehs

May 13, 1936 April 4, 2013

Mary Jane Nehs of Pewaukee died unexpectedly in her sleep Thursday morning, April 4, 2013, at her home at the age of 76. She was born in Portage on May 13, 1936, to Robert J and Leone (nee Hartman) Schalla, orphaned at the age of 9 and was raised in Chippewa Falls by her aunts, Mary and Martha Hartman.

She married Dr. Douglas K. Nehs on Aug. 4, 1956, in Chippewa Falls; he preceded her in death on Oct. 21, 2010. Mary Jane was an active member of the Waukesha Noon Lioness Club since 1962 and St.

William Catholic Church, where she had been a member of the Catholic Study Club since 1966.

After the passing of her husband, Mary Jane became active with a grief group spending her time helping others deal with the loss of their loved ones. Her ambitions took her through a journey of careers: working as a nurse for Dr. Gantz, she was a top selling realtor for Merrill Lynch and RE/MAX and the founder and owner of Dream Maker Homes. Her real joy was working side by side with her husband running their family business, Nehs Family Vision Center in Waukesha.

She will be sadly missed by her children, Steven D. (Michelle) Nehs of Waukesha, Patricia S. (David Roberts) Nehs of Hubertus, Thomas J. (Jessica) Nehs of Waupun and Michael J. (Dana) Nehs of Chicago; her grandchildren, Nicholas, Jennifer, Joseph (Christina), Angela (Eric), Donny, Callie and Conner; and her greatgrandchildren, Alex, Lauren, Matt, Cameron and Caroline. She is survived by her brother, James (Irene) Schalla of Mystic, Conn., along with nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends.

In addition to her husband, Dr. Douglas Nehs, and her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Robert J. Schalla Jr. and Donald L. Schalla.

Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. until the 7 p.m. vigil service Monday April 8, at Randle-Dable-Brisk Funeral Home, 1110 S. Grand Ave., Waukesha.

Services continue Tuesday, April 9, at the funeral home with prayers beginning at 9:30 a.m. followed by the procession to St. William Catholic Church, 440 N. Moreland Blvd., Waukesha, for the 10:30 a.m. funeral Mass. The Rev. Curt Frederick will preside. Graveside services will immediately follow at Prairie Home Cemetery.

Memorials are appreciated to the Waukesha Noon Lioness Club.

Randle-Dable-Brisk Funeral, Cremation and Preplanning Service is honored to serve the family. For further information, please call the funeral home at 547-4035, or visit our website at for directions or to leave the family an online tribute message.