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Mary  Ellen

McCormick, Mary Ellen (nee Goodman)

Transitioned into Eternal Life on September 5, 2021.

Married to the love of her life, Thomas James for 51 years.

Loved by her sisters, Peggy & Cynthia and a cadre of relatives: Kathy, Mandy, Reese & Georgia, Bob & Mary Ann, the Liveseys, Bridget, Larry, Marc & John, Katie, Claire, Ann & Charley, the Barretts and the “Wabi’s”.

She could always count on beloved friends: Kathleen, Doris and her tribe, Michelle, Laurie, Maureen, Mike, Jeff, Dave & Lynn.

Grateful to have graduated from St. Veronica’s parochial school and St. Mary’s Academy High School, she went on to earn both a Bachelors degree and a Master of Science degree from U.W.M.  She was very proud to also have been initiated as a 2nd degree Reiki healer in 1988 in the Usui Shiki Ryoho tradition.

Mary had a distinguished career as a mental health counselor for 10 years at Mt. Sinai Hospital, and achieved high honors, including induction into the Legion of Excellence, while working as a sales specialist for Bristol-Myers Squibb for 20 Years.

In all her endeavors, Mary was well known for her integrity, ethics and ability to stand her ground.

She always attempted to follow the tenet of “living loving kindness”.

She was a passionate Rolling Stones fan and a dedicated supported of the Milwaukee Brewers and the San Diego Padres baseball teams.

Her husband Thomas was a rock and a source of incredible support throughout their life together.

A memorial service will be held in Milwaukee in the Summer of 2022. Details to be announced in the near future.


Donations can be made in her name to St. Anne’s Intergenerational Center in St. Francis.



  1. Susan A Engler September 15, 2021 at 7:26 am - Reply

    Dear Tom, I am so sad to read that Mary has died. There are few unique and wonderful people that have passed through my life. Mary was one of those people. She was a mentor and teacher.
    Sue Engler

  2. Kyle Korth September 18, 2021 at 1:18 pm - Reply

    Tom, Dylan and I are so sorry for you loss. Mary will always have a special place in our hearts. Kyle

  3. Laurie Mattioli September 18, 2021 at 2:11 pm - Reply

    Mary was a brave, beautiful, jewel of a person whom I loved very much. I feel so fortunate to have known her. I wish her deep peace.
    I am so sorry, Tom. I know the hole in your heart is enormous. Despite how brutal illness and death can be, you cared for her every step of the way and sent her on her next journey with everything she could have needed or asked for.
    Laurie Mattioli

  4. Bruce Steinmetz September 18, 2021 at 10:41 pm - Reply

    This is so sad. We have lost a one-of-a-kind person. I will always remember that, despite the pain and frustration of fighting for her life, her first thoughts were always for others.

  5. Kathleen Rehorst September 19, 2021 at 11:39 am - Reply

    Tom, my thoughts and prayers are with you and all who loved and knew Mary Ellen and are grieving her loss. She made any room she entered sparkle. Her love for you was unending. May you find peace and comfort in your memories.

  6. Michael Lord September 19, 2021 at 12:37 pm - Reply

    Living loving kindest is how I think of Mary. Tom & Mary, your love for each other was truly special. Mary, You had a life well lived. Love you and will always miss you.

  7. Becky Eggleston (nee Barrett) September 19, 2021 at 9:17 pm - Reply

    Our deepest condolences for your loss. We are deeply saddened by Mary Ellen’s passing. She was a truly wonderful person, and we are grateful that she touched our lives over the years. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

  8. Beth R Peterman September 23, 2021 at 9:01 pm - Reply

    Dear Tom- What a beautiful story she shared about her life. All that she wrote was so very thoughtful and touching, especially the components of your love for one another. She lived her life as stated- with loving kindness always- and integrity. I can only imagine the loss you are experiencing at this point. But knowing you – you are grateful for the time and energy you had with her.
    I will look forward to seeing you in a few weeks, as will Amy – who also extends her condolences in the loss of your beloved Mary. I will hold you in prayer and light. One day at a time. With love- Beth

  9. Michelle Sedar-Torres September 28, 2021 at 1:34 am - Reply

    Dear Tom – I will always remember Mary’s bright light. The love that she had for you, her family and friends will always be with us. I am so grateful to have had in my life. Sending prayers, light and love

  10. Arlene Dobson May 20, 2022 at 10:51 am - Reply

    Tom, I recently heard of Mary’s passing. We were grade school pals, and high school pals. We reconnected at her mom’s memorial to reminisce about those days. She asked that I pray for her and I did. Please accept my prayers now for you.

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