Hafemeister Funeral Home And Cremation Service
Mary L. Mallow
Service: October 6, 2015
Mary L. Mallow
Mary Lois (Inman) Mallow (81) passed away peacefully at Heritage Homes on September30, surrounded by family, following a lengthy illness. Mary will be remembered as fun-loving and a community leader.
Mary was born October 15, 1933 in Chicago, Illinois the second child of Richard P. Inman, MD and Hedwig Lois (Oestrich) Inman. The family moved to Montello Wisconsin in 1936, where Mary grew up and completed her high school education. Mary attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Zoology in 1954. While there, she met the love of her life, Philip A. Mallow, later recalling she had to get special permission from her dormitory house mother to go on her first date with Phil on a Sunday evening. They married in 1954 and remained married until Phil’s death in 1987. Mary settled with Phil in Watertown and raised a family of four children, Susan Lukas (Dave), of Cudahy; Eileen Mallow, of Madison; Peg Checkai (Joe) of Watertown; and Timothy Mallow (Wendy), of Palmyra PA. Mary had 5 grandchildren: Ginger Lukas, Eric Checkai, Nicole Checkai, Rachel Mallow and Jonah Mallow and numerous great grandchildren.
Mary supported Phil in his career as owner of HF Mallow and Sons Construction company. After their children had grown, they traveled in both the United States and Europe. She was an active member of the Watertown community. She was the first female president of the Watertown Kiwanis club and president of the Dodge and Jefferson County Genealogical Society. She was a long-time member of the League of Women Voters, and often served as a poll-watcher. She was a co-leader of the Watertown Girl Scout troop while her daughters participated in Girl Scouts and represented the Watertown chapter at statewide events. She was a member of the AAUW, Watertown Parks and Recreation Board, and a founding member of the Jefferson County Library Board.
Mary was an excellent cook who enjoyed trying new recipes and learning new cooking techniques. She was also an accomplished gardener, pianist, knitter, and seamstress. She enjoyed reading, bridge, was an avid Badger football fan, loved the outdoors, and would look forward to a dry martini at the end of a busy day.
In addition to her children and grandchildren, Mary is survived by a brother, Richard P. Inman (Barbara) of Annapolis, Maryland and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Philip and her parents.
The family is grateful for the care provided by the dedicated and compassionate staff at Heritage Homes Assisted Living facility and Rainbow Hospice A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, October 6, 2015 at 11:30 am at Hafemeister Funeral Home in Watertown with the Rev. Todd Iverson of Immanuel Ev. Lutheran Church of Watertown officiating. Family and friends may call at the funeral home from 10:30 am until the time of the service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Watertown Public Library. Hafemeister Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Watertown is serving the family. Online condolences may be made at www.hafemeisterfh.com.
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