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Mary Luella 'Lou' Semo

IRONWOOD, Mich. - Mary Luella "Lou" Semo, 94, of Ironwood passed away on Saturday, March 19, 2022, at her home surrounded by her loving family.

She was born on Aug. 13, 1927, in Ironwood, the daughter of Celestin "Lefty" and Margaret "Peg" (Ryan) Trier. She grew up in Hurley, Wisconsin, and attended local schools, and graduated from Lincoln High School.

Mary Lou married Joseph R. Semo on April 30, 1949, at St. Mary's Catholic Church by Fr. Michael A. Prock in Hurley. They made their home in Ironwood and raised seven children. She loved her family and was a wonderful wife, mother, and grandmother. Joe preceded her in death on Sept. 27, 2009.

She worked various jobs throughout her life and retired from Davey's Motel.

She loved to play bingo, rummy, crocheting slippers and sweaters, cooking (especially pasties), chocolate, coffee, fishing, and camping. As a child, she also loved skating and climbing a tree at her home on 1st Avenue in Hurley. She hated long car rides, and trips to Mercer or Little Girl's Point were too long. Her religion was very important to her, and she was a member of Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church.

Mary Lou is survived by her children, Mary (Brian) Stella, Joanne (Ryan) Kovales, Rae Marie Semo, Charlie (Debbie) Semo, Robert Semo, Anne (Sam) Davey all of Ironwood, and Joseph Semo Jr. of Gleason, Wisconsin; grandchildren, Brian (Tina) Stella, Angela (Scott) Brogan, Paul (Jennifer) Semo, Charlie Semo Jr., Dan (Tara) Stella, Sam Davey IV, Jill (Gary) Walker, Bob Semo Jr. and John (Gina) Semo; great-grandchildren, Brittany, Lexi Lou, Tony, Jack, Brynn, Gianna and Jaxson; step-great-grandchildren, Grace, Faith, Wyatt, Olivia, and Sam, Emma, and Ben; one great-great-grandchild on the way; sisters-in-law, Helen Lawver, Betty Semo, Jan Trier and Peg Trier; godchild, Nicole Wickham; her kitty, Lulu; her grand-dogs, Lacey and Jasper; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph; parents Celestin and Margaret Trier; brothers, Francis "Red" Trier, John "Jack" Trier, David "Jim" Trier, Tim Trier, Celestin "Joe" Trier, and Michael Trier; and sisters, Margaret "Torchy" Ramuta, Flora "Jean" Pavlovich, Patricia "Tisha" Leinon, Gertrude "Molly" Backlund, and Catherine "Susie" Caruso.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, March 24, at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church in Ironwood at 4 p.m. with Fr. Robb Jurkovich and Fr. Binu Joseph as co-concelebrants, preceded by a visitation from 2 p.m. until the time of the Mass. A luncheon will follow in the church hall.

Inurnment will take place in the spring at Riverside Cemetery.

A special thank you to Rae and Mary for their loving care of Mom all these years, allowing her to remain at home where she wanted to be.

The family has chosen McKevitt-Patrick Funeral Home of Ironwood to honor Mary Lou's legacy of life. You can leave a condolence or a tribute