Mary Louise Uhlig was born December 1, 1942 in Williamsburg, Iowa, the daughter of Albert G. And Ruth (Spiegler) Mews. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Williamsburg. She attended Lutheran School, Williamsburg High School and graduated from University of Northern Iowa. Mary was united in marriage to Calvin Uhlig on June 19, 1965 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Williamsburg. She enjoyed playing the piano, singing and directing the church choir. She was a member of Our Savior Lutheran church in Aiea, Hawaii before moving to Glen Ellyn in November 2019. Mary passed away on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at Brookdale Senior Living in Glen Ellyn, Illinois at the age of 77.
She is survived by her husband Calvin; three children, Kristen Uhlig Devlin of Pennsylvania, David (Kathryn) Uhlig of Iowa and Grete Uhlig Muscatello of Illinois; six grandchildren, Leia Devlin, Benjamin Uhlig, Sonne Muscatello, Lila Muscatello, James Devlin and Reagan Uhlig; three siblings, Albert (Linda) Mews of Inwood, Diana (Christopher) Caldwell of Moline, Illinois and Robert (Cindy) Mews of Waterloo. Mary was the oldest child and was preceded in death by her parents.
Funeral Service will be on Saturday, April 18, 2020 at the Powell Funeral Home in Williamsburg. Burial will be at St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery in Williamsburg. Due to COVID-19, this will be a closed service. We will be holding a Celebration of Life Memorial event at a later date.
Messages and memorials may be sent to www.powellfuneralhomes.com. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Alzheimer's Association.
Friends for over 50 years, our hearts go out to the Uhlig family. We remember those times in El Paso when Kristy and Dave were babies and the fun we had playing cards. We attended church together as we did again in New Jersey. Mary was so talented and such a good friend. We were honored to be Marianne’s godparents. So many great times and memories. May it comfort you to know that she is with her Lord and Savior singing in the Heavenly choir now and watching all of us that loved her dearly.
Lynn and Jim Hutcheson
Dear Cal, Kristy, Dave and Grete...Mom, Dad, Jon and I are so sad and shocked to hear of Mary’s passing! What a wonderful person she was and we all have such great memories of her. I have a wonderful, vivid memory of a Rathjen trip back to NJ in 1981...Mary was playing “The Rose” on the piano at your house, and Kristy and I were singing melody and harmony at the top of our lungs. Another great memory is playing waffle ball in Shenandoah and Cal & Mary, Russ & Marilyn drinking wine at a picnic table. She will forever be in our hearts. Our love and prayers are with you. Sara Rathjen, Russ & Marilyn, and Jon
Mary’s death is sad, a shock, and a blessing!
Mary and I were first cousins. We went to school
( 1st- 8th) grades together. Our high school and college years I kept in contact, thru my mother.
We both were married the same month and year.
Years later, we enjoyed getting together on her visits back to Iowa. Mel and I will remember the good times we had with Cal and Mary the 5 times we traveled to Hawaii after our retirement.
I am glad I got to visit with Mary in August.
Mary was a talented, smart, kind, and interesting individual.
Our sympathy and God’s blessings to Cal and
Sad to hear of her passing. I can still hear her leading our Sunday School singing at Luther Memorial and actually have thought of her recently. She told me once that she started the children singing especially at Christmas because the Christian hymns and songs could be lost in one generation. We hadn't had any singing in Sunday School for quite a few years and just recently started again. We were collectively talking about members in the past that were involved in the music in our church and Mary Uhlig was one of them. May God's peace and comfort be with Cal and her family.
My “Aunt” Mary directed the children’s choir, nurtured my love of singing and she had perfect pitch. I remember many aspects of her home vividly, the stairs and the dollhouse. She was just an all around wonderful (honorary) Aunt. I always looked up to Kristy and Marianne(y) and thought of Davey as an older brother. Aunt Mary had great fashion sense and I got some of the girls’ clothes. I thought I was so lucky and just a real fashion plate.
Cal and Mary were loving friends to my parents and made our move to NJ so much better. We joined the church because of her.
She was a very important person in my life. I wish her peace.
May you all always be Blessed and Comforted with your very special memories of Mary.
We will always remember our fun times we had with Cal and Mary! Dave and I will always cherish those times! May God Bless you at this difficult time!
Dave and Linda Hansen
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