Mary A. (Lax) Anheuser

November 21, 1943 ~ May 26, 2020 (age 76)


     Mary A. Anheuser (nee Lax) of Sister Bay, formerly of Hartland, WI passed away at home Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at the age of 76. She valiantly fought pancreatic cancer for over two years.

     Mary was born in Manitowoc on November 21, 1943, the daughter of the late Clarence J. and Gertrude M. (Surfus) Lax. She was the loving and caring wife of A. Anthony “Tony” Anheuser for 52 years. They were married at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Manitowoc on July 13, 1968.

     Survivors include her husband, Tony; brothers, John (Judy) Lax, identical twins, James and Gerald Lax; sister-in-law to Carolyn (Michael) Conley, Mary (Thomas) Schrader, Thomas (Sheryl) Anheuser, Christine (Robert) Smallwood, Sally (John) Kloosterman, Elizabeth (Henry) Jordan, and Victoria (Bill) Shumway; many loving nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, other relatives and dear friends. Mary was a loving godmother to Patrick Conley.

     Mary was a 1966 graduate of Alverno College and spent several years teaching in the Milwaukee Public and Menomonee Falls School Districts before becoming a co-owner of the Bazaar Home Decorating Center. She was well respected by her staff and recognized by customers for her exceptional service.

     After retirement, she found joy working at the Scandinavian Lodge in Sister Bay.

     Mary enjoyed sewing, gardening, the Brewers and Packers and spending winters in Gulf Shores, AL.

     The family wishes to thank the staff at Unity Hospice for their special care, love and support give to both Mary and Tony.

     A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial and celebration of Mary’s life will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, June 15, 2021 at Stella Maris Parish – Sister Bay site with Fr. Art Heinze officiating. Burial will follow at St. Rosalia’s Catholic Cemetery.

     Visitation at the church will be from 10:00 a.m. to the time of Mass.

     In lieu of flowers and gifts, memorial donations should be directed to Feed My People of Door County in Mary’s memory.

    Casperson Funeral Home of Sister Bay is assisting the Anheuser family. Expressions of sympathy, memories, and photos of Mary may be shared with her family through her tribute page at


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June 15, 2021

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Stella Maris Parish-Sister Bay site
2410 S. Bay Shore Drive
Sister Bay, WI 54234

Mass of Christian Burial
June 15, 2021

11:00 AM
Stella Maris Parish-Sister Bay site
2410 S. Bay Shore Drive
Sister Bay, WI 54234


Feed and Clothe My People
PO Box 741, Sturgeon Bay WI 54235
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