Mary Ann Hechimovich, 67
Ann Hechimovich, 67, passed away unexpectedly Friday, March 9, while
vacationing in Fort Myers, Fla.
Mary was born in Theresa, on May 31, 1944, to Leonard and Olive (nee
Weber) Steger. At the age of 14, she met her lifelong love and best
friend, Tom Hechimovich, when they were classmates at Mayville High
School. This began a beautiful romance, which spanned the next 53 years;
produced a wonderful family; and deeply touched all who had the great
fortune to know them.
Mary and Tom were married on Oct. 3, 1964, at St. Theresa Catholic Church
in Theresa. In 1967, Mary and Tom moved to Hartford with their young
daughter, Lisa, in tow. Here they built their family and a second
daughter, Joy, arrived a few years later. Mary and Tom proved a successful
team in many ways. Together they created a business from the ground up.
Based on a reputation for integrity, straight talk, and deep loyalty to
customers and employees, Hechimovich Machining flourished and continues
operations 33 years later.
In 2004, Mary and Tom moved to Fond du Lac on the shores of Lake
Winnebago. As planned, the lake house became a gathering place for family,
friends and strangers alike. Mary had a special way with people making
even a stranger feel welcome. Whether jet skiing and boating in the
summer, watching the sunset and sitting around the campfire in the
evenings, or snowmobiling in winter, Mary shared her love of the lake with
all who visited.
More than any other, Mary cherished her role as grandma to her five
beloved grandchildren. As her family grew, Mary spent every available
moment with them, watching their sports and school performances, playing
catch and reading to them for hours on end. Each of her grandchildren
spent countless hours on the snowmobile in front of Grandma and on the
snow and ice and in and around the lake.
Of all the lasting impressions that Mary leaves, perhaps, the most
enduring will be the memory of her love for her husband, Tom. After 47
years of marriage they could still light up a dance floor with the two
step or the Polish hop. They often held hands and managed a quick kiss on
the cheek. Their loving, equal and respectful relationship will serve as
the vision of what love should be for their children, grandchildren and
all who knew them.
Mary’s final weeks were spent with Tom and their close friends on
vacation in Florida. She spent her final day with Joy and youngest
grandchild, Ian, who were visiting. She looked forward to a visit from
Lisa the following week. Her last day was much as she would have chosen,
playing the roles of wife, mother, and grandma and she cherished every
breath of it. This is how we will remember her, happy and loving life.
Mary is survived by her husband, Tom; a sister Margaret (Robert) Giese;
two daughters, Lisa (Frank) Pagura and Joy (Chris) Donohoe; and five
grandchildren, Elizabeth, Alex, Tommy, Molly and Ian. She is further
survived by many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and dear friends.
Her parents, Leonard and Olive Steger; two brothers, Ray and Paul; and a
sister in-law, Elaine, precede Mary in death.
A celebration of Mary’s life will be held Saturday, March 17, at St.
Kilian Church, 264 W. State St., Hartford. We will welcome family and
friends for the Visitation from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Mass will be held at 1 p.m.
Following the ceremony, all are invited to join us for lunch in the school
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Multiple Myeloma Research
Mary would be happy to know that her memory will support finding a cure
for the disease that took her beloved dad and brother, Paul, at a very
The Shimon Funeral home is assisting the family; (262) 673-9500 or