Elizabeth Frances Mares, 85, of Chetek, Wis., passed away peacefully on Wednesday, July 28, 2021, at Just Like Home in Chetek.
Elizabeth was born on Nov. 10, 1935, in Chetek, the daughter of Edward and Lillian (Gulan) Novak. Growing up on the family dairy farm, Elizabeth was a graduate of Weyerhaeuser High School, then going to St. Catherine’s College in St. Paul, Minn., to become a registered nurse, working in several hospitals. Later, after raising a family, she provided home nursing care. She was a devoted mother and wife of 63 years to Dr. Stanley Mares (married Aug. 30, 1958). Their homes included Chicago and suburban Illinois, Fort Dodge, Iowa, Terre Haute, Ind., and Kansas City, Mo.
Elizabeth and Stanley were fond of polka and country music and dancing. Along with her life time passions of cooking, baking, gardening, fishing and holiday celebrations, her seven grandchildren became the focus of her life in later years. She loved them dearly and was proud of each one. She made room for morning walks with Stanley and their beloved dogs.
Elizabeth persevered through polio as a teenager and beat two kinds of cancer with the help of her family members and a strong belief in God.
Elizabeth is survived by her husband, Dr. Stanley E. Mares, of Chetek; son, Alan (Gayle) Mares, of Arlington Heights, Ill.; daughters, Cindy (Neal) Rowe, of Terre Haute, Julie (Larry) Wambolt, of Denver, Colo.; Tina Erickson, of Dekalb, Ill.; grandchildren, Lance (Aubrey) White, Carolyn Rowe, Patrick Rowe, Cody Wambolt, Brooklyn Wambolt, Natalie Mares, Allyson Mares; and brother, Dan (Diane) Novak, as well as many nieces, nephews and other family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents Edward and Lillian Novak, brother Edward Novak, sister Virginia Jaskowiak and son-in-law Bradley Erickson.
A memorial mass will be held on Monday, Aug. 2, 2021, at 11 a.m. at St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, N3729 N. First St., Weyerhaeuser, Wis.
Visitation will be held at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of service. Elizabeth will be laid to rest at the St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church Cemetery following the service.
The Burnham-Ours-Kolstad Family Funeral Home, of Chetek, has been entrusted with arrangements.