Sukowatey, Mary Katherine (nee Lepp)
May 5, 1954 – January 1, 2020
Mary Sukowatey passed away on January 1, 2020, at the age of 65, following a difficult battle with Parkinson’s Disease. Mary was born in Mequon, WI, on May 5, 1954. She was preceded in death by parents, Earl and Ruth Lepp, and is survived by daughter, Keri (David) Sukowatey, brother Jim Lepp, nieces Kristin (Jim) Schultz and Megan (Roger) Egnarski, puppykids Willie and Sadie, and other dear family and friends.
Mary grew up in Mequon, WI, where she attended Homestead High School. After high school, Mary immediately attended the University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh, where she earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing. Throughout her life, Mary held residences in Wisconsin, Colorado, Iowa, Texas, Arizona, and Minnesota.
Mary was immensely proud of her career and held nursing positions in obstetrics, psychiatry, and neurology. She was sharp and authoritative, and loved interfacing with doctors and managing staff. Both in her work and personal life, Mary was a strong advocate for her fellow women. She fiercely encouraged those in her circle to care for themselves and make their voices heard.
Mary loved a sunny patio and a good party. She was a natural beauty, a devoted mother, and an all-around sassafras with a knack for delivering unexpected one-liners. In 2015, Mary purchased a condo in Surprise, AZ, where she spent her time playing cards, buying too many swimsuits, and working on her tan. She loved it there and was reluctant to leave.
Keri and David thank the numerous family and friends who have provided love and support over the past several years. A special thanks to Jenny Morgan and the staff at Breck Homes for the skilled and compassionate care they provided to Mary during her last months of life.
A gathering to memorialize Mary and her love for drinks and gab will be held in the fireplace room at Doolittles Woodfire Grill in Eagan, MN, from 1-4 PM on January 25, 2020. Please bring stories of her silliness and spirit. No flowers please. Memorial donations to provide care and comfort to residents of Breck Homes can be sent to the non-profit Houlding On and Letting Go, 4232 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55409. More information about the memorial will be posted at https://www.caringbridge.org/visit/marysukowatey2 (Published in Des Moines Register from Jan. 4 to Jan. 8, 2020)