Mary Louise Pandl
July 12, 1953 — Nov. 9, 2017
Mary Louise Pandl of Waukesha was born to eternal life on Thursday, November 9, 2017, at her home at the age of 64. She was born in Milwaukee on July 12, 1953, the daughter of Lawrence and Pearl (nee Schueller) Hacker.
First and foremost, Mary’s faith was her guiding compass in life. Her relationship with the Lord was enhanced through daily Mass, scripture study and service to others. Mary always put the needs of her family ahead of her own making sure they had what they needed often sacrificing for their sake. She taught her children how to love by her example of loving them and many others. She had a special affection for babies, children and young families, listening to parents and offering words and prayers of insight and support. Many thought of Mary as an adopted mother. Mary was a special education aide for many years in the Waukesha Public Schools. She embraced opportunities to use her gifts of patience, kindness, and encouragement with children dealing with a wide variety of disabilities. It was not uncommon for one of her students to run up and hug her in the grocery store or other location where their paths crossed. An accomplished amateur photographer, Mary chronicled the Pandl family over the years in over 30 albums. She always said her children and grandchildren were the best subjects for her photography. To sum it up, Mary’s love for God was manifested in a tangible love for everyone she came in contact with. She has left an indelible mark in the hearts of everyone who knew her and came to love her.
She will be sadly missed by her loving and devoted husband, John of Waukesha, and their six beloved children, Michael (Tina) Pandl of Waukesha, Betsy (Joseph) Harbaugh of Rogers, Ark., Sarah (Sister M. Teresa) Pandl of Champaign, Ill., Ruth (Shane) Gerst of Wauwatosa, Matthew Pandl of Ann Arbor, Mich., and Hannah Pandl of Waukesha. She was the treasured “Grand-Mary” of Abigail, Joshua, Monica, Luke, Elijah Pandl, Olivia, James, George, David and John Harbaugh (baby Mary Felice due in March 2018), Dominic, Jack, Grace and Clara Gerstl. She is further survived by her brothers and sisters, Paul (Connie) Hacker of McFarland, Nancy (Ronald) Jones of Appleton, Daniel (Carla) Hacker of Madison, Marty (Tina) Hacker of Middleton and Jeanne (Paul) Cargill of Evansville, along with many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to the health professionals at Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin, especially Dr. John Charlson, Julie Waugh (physician assistant), Jan (registered nurse at the Breast Care Center), Dr. Joseph Bovi and Dr. Dennis Maiman.
Visitation will be held on Monday, November 13, from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Randle-Dable-Brisk Funeral Home, 1110 S. Grand Ave., Waukesha. Visitation continues on Tuesday, November 14, at St. Mary Catholic Church, 225 S. Hartwell Ave., Waukesha, WI 53186, from 9:30 a.m. until 10:15 a.m., followed by the funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m. Father Howard Haase will preside. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are appreciated to the Women’s Care Center, 1441 N. Farwell Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53202, or to St. Vincent de Paul, 818 W. Sunset Drive, Waukesha, WI 53189.
Randle-Dable-Brisk Funeral Home, Crematory and Preplanning Services is honored to serve the family. For further information, please call the funeral home at 262-5474035 or visit our website at www.randledable.com to leave the family an online tribute message.