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Mary Alice Manchester


HURLEY, Wis. - Mary Alice Manchester, 84, of Kimball, died peacefully Saturday, April 8, 2017, at Villa Maria Health and Rehabilitation Center in Hurley.

The former Mary Alice Dicus was born April 28, 1932, in Ladysmith, daughter of the late Perry and Mary (Dutkiewicz) Dicus, and graduated from Tony High School in Tony with the Class of 1950. She then received a teaching certificate from Eau Claire State Teachers College and taught in Bruce for several years.

She was united in marriage to Arthur A. Manchester on June 18, 1955, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Conrath, Wis. They moved to the state of Oregon, where Mary taught for three years. Returning to Eau Claire, she furthered her education at Wisconsin State University-Eau Claire and received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1964, moving to Hurley in 1966.

Mary was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Hurley and the Kimball Homemakers. She loved fishing with her husband and enjoyed reading Westerns.

Surviving are her husband, Art, of 61 years; a son, Mark, Ashland; three daughters, Cathi (Richard Carlson) Manchester, Madison, Geri (Douglas) McKinney, River Falls, and Ann (Rory) Leach, Somerset; five grandchildren, Jesse Paulsen (Aubrey Haddican), St. Paul, Minn., Derek Manchester, Brookfield, Laura (Zach Reichart) McKinney, St. Paul Park, Minn., and Alesha and Matthew McKinney, River Falls; a brother, Ike (Clara) Dicus, Ladysmith; sister, Arlene Rimert, Lake St. Louis, Mo .; sisters-in-law, Alice (Rod) Keith and Jean Harvey, both of Bruce, and Hedy Dicus, Utah; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents, Mary was predeceased by a son, Andrew, in 1966; brothers, Bud, Stan, Gene and Frank Dicus; and sister, Leona Jiskra.

In accordance with her wishes, cremation has taken place.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday, April 18, at 11 a.m., preceded by visitation at 10 a.m., at St. Mary's Church in Hurley, with the Rev. Frank Kordek OFM, celebrant.

Luncheon will follow in the parish hall.

Rite of Committal and inurnment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Hurley, later this spring.

Arrangements have been entrusted to McKevitt-Patrick Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Ironwood, Mich. Condolences may be expressed online at


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