Mary Caylor, a treasured wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend, passed away at the age of 76, on July 14, 2021, after a long, brave fight against illness. Her final hours were spent surrounded by her loving family, and she moved from this world into the next with all the grace and beauty with which she always lived.
She was born on November 29, 1944, in Cassville, Wisconsin, where she spent her childhood years. She earned a Bachelors Degree in education from the University of Wisconsin – Platteville, and later a Masters of Education from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point. She had a long career as a teacher, which included 25 years at Wausau Newman High School and the larger Wausau Area Catholic School system. As a teacher she expanded the horizons of her students through the French language and culture, and found great joy in escorting students on educational trips to France. She remained in contact with many students for years, who often described her as their “favorite teacher”.
She had a wide circle of friends drawn not only from her career, but also from her church and many clubs. With her love of horticulture and gardening, she was active in the North Central Wisconsin Master Gardeners and also maintained the rose garden at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum.
Survivors include her daughter, Amy (Derek) Breuer of Cassville; son, David Caylor (Andy Piper) of Greensboro, NC; grandson, Riley Caylor Fink of Madison; brothers, Gary (Phyllis) Breuer, James (Mary Kay Abing) Breuer, and Robert (Hope) Breuer; sisters-in-law, Kathy Breuer and Katherine Caylor (William) Kern.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Lavern and Hilda Breuer, her husband of 50 years, Jon Caylor, her son, Steven, her brother, William Breuer, and sister-in-law, Bunny Breuer.
Memorial Mass will be held at 12 Noon on Tuesday, July 27, 2021, at St. Agnes Parish, 6101 Zinser St., Weston. The Rev. Greg Bohren will officiate. Burial will follow in the Parish Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM on Monday at St. Agnes Parish, and on Monday from 11:00 AM until the time of Mass on Tuesday, all at the church.
Brainard Funeral Home – Everest Chapel, Weston is assisting the family with arrangements. You may leave condolences and messages for her family at brainardfuneral.com.
She will be greatly missed by all and loved forever.