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Mary Elizabeth Lison

Published On: Jan 09 2013 09:13:49 AM CST

Heaven get your fishing poles, crab lines, lobster pots and galley ready cause here comes Captain Mare. Come calm weather or hurricane she could feed a crew and she loved doing it! When you needed a good meal, kind word or helping hand she was there for us and we are missing her so much. Whether raising six kids, becoming an RN , getting her captains license or baking stolen she did it with lots of determination and gusto.

She was born in Green Bay Wi with "itchy feet" left there and kept right on moving. Her ports of call included the Bahamas, N. Fort Myers, Door County, Wisconsin River, Sandy Beach Lake, P.R and Wah Kee Chinese noodles in Madison. Albert please keep an N6 ready when Mare calls.

Babies, puppies and those in need were always on her mind and she knew how to love them in a special quiet way. Mare never asked for attention except what a normal hurricane would think it's due! She steamed in and was resolute in her galley or on her bike. She took to a "land yatch" when Gollywobbler was stove to and sunk in 5 minutes. With her husband John Cobb she migrated across the U.S. for many years after that.

Mare was our good news go to person. Some adventure always brewing or happening. Fishing, cooking, biking, maybe a new set of paints for a grandchild or sister, a musical instrument for a budding player, a saddle for a horse crazy grand daughter, a week on the river for the family, an e mail of beautiful photos or jokes,a phone call of cheer, art supplies for a grand son, a new sail and wetsuit for her brother, hand made quilts, cherished Raggedy Ann's and Laurel Burch paintings were just a few of the happy things she thought of for her family.

Please pass along your favorite Mary story for all of us to enjoy and give a wide berth to all bicyclists, puppies, and favorite grannies. Thanks to all -keep in touch.

Mary Elizabeth Lison was born to Margaret Naumann Lison and Al Lison in Green Bay Wi on March 3 1937. She was the third born daughter of 5 kids. She grew up in Green Bay and Allouez and left for California when she married Jim Trochlell. Together they had six children.  Her son Jim died 12/7/2012 just 3 months after his mom.

Surviving children are Kathy Trochlell of Milwaukee and Mercer Wi. Cindy and Tom Jocz grandkids, Cassie and Nate of New Berlin Wi. Dan and Dawn Powalisz Trochlell grandkids Calem, Parker and Maya, of Adell WI ,Tom and Laura Trochlell six grandkids of San Antonio TX and Amy Cobb of North Fort Myers Florida.

In 1985 Mary and John Cobb married and cruised the Virgin Islands, later living in Arkansas and then North Fort Myers . John survives her. Brother John Lison of Florida and Culebra Puerto Rico and sister Peggy Lison and husband John Ottinger also survive Mary and miss her so. Mare also had three stepdaughters, Lallie Steve, Grace and John McKenzie, Elizabeth Brian and Alison Helms of Texas and Em Cobb of Oregon.  Mary kept of with a wonderful mix of friends who I hope will find this and write some good stories for us to share! Special friend Andrea Richter Parsons of Tennessee.

Call Peggy at 608-238-1940 for any addresses or phone numbers of family or other questions. Our address is 6 South Blackhawk Ave. Madison Wi 53705.

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