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Mary Ellen Peirick

1922- 2014 Ellen Peirick, 92, of Watertown, passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014, at Highland House of Watertown, surrounded by her loving family.


Mary Ellen met Edward Peirick at a dance and married the “love of her life” on May 2, 1942, at St. Joseph Catholic Church of Richwood.  Side by side they worked very hard, had eight children and raised the family on their farm on County Highway Q in Watertown.  Edward and Mary loved music and were wonderful dancers.  Edward died in 2006.  Mary Ellen played the violin and, as recent as two weeks ago, could be heard playing her harmonica at Highland House.

Mary Ellen was an avid gardener, canning and freezing much of the produce; she loved to cook and bake.  We remember her angel food cakes and the “monster cookies” she always had on hand.  At Christmas, she made many gingerbread houses for family.  Crocheting and ceramics were favorite hobbies and many of us are recipients of her beautiful crafts.  She was a member of St. Henry Catholic Church for 72 years, the Christian Mothers Society, Watertown Hospital Auxiliary and a member of Indian Garden Homemakers for 52 years.

Mary Ellen loved animals, especially dogs and cats.  After retiring to Maple Street in Watertown, she could be seen walking the neighborhood daily with her beloved “Sparky.”  With the onset of dementia, Mary Ellen moved to Highland House three years ago.  She participated in most activities and especially enjoyed devotions, exercise and dancing.

Mary Ellen was a loving wife, wonderful mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, friend and neighbor.

She is survived by her eight children, Rita Rabas of Janesville, James (Sandra) Peirick of Watertown, Delores “Lori” Ziemann of Waunakee, Mary Peirick of DeForest, Edward (Judy) Peirick of Fitchburg, Cathy (Paul) Kastenmeier of Beaver Dam, Anthony (Shawn) Peirick of Watertown, Ralph (Bev) Peirick of Watertown; 25 grandchildren; 45 great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Edward; sister Margaret Grade; brother George Tyson; sons-in-law Cal Rabas and Erich Ziemann; and grandson Blake Peirick.

The family wishes to thank Jan, Lisa and the staff at Highland House for the wonderful, compassionate care and love given to our mother these past three years.  You became our family too.  Thank you also to Rainbow Hospice for their guidance these past weeks.

Memorials to Highland House, St. Henry Catholic Church and Rainbow Hospice would be appreciated.

A Mass of Christian burial will be at noon on Monday at St. Henry Catholic Church with Father Scott Jablonski presiding.  Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the time of service at the church.  Burial will take place at St. Henry Catholic Cemetery.

Pederson-Nowatka Funeral Homes is caring for the family. To place an online condolence, please visit

Pederson-Nowatka Funeral Homes 213 S. Fifth St. Watertown




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