MariKay P Mathes
Apr. 2, 1968 - July 17, 2020
Chilton, WI
Funeral Visitation:
Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Wieting Family Funeral Home
411 W. Main St.
Chilton, WI 53014
MariKay P Mathes
Chilton, WI

MariKay Patricia Mathes, age 52, of Chilton, died on July 17, 2020 at Sanford Medical Center in Bismarck, North Dakota after a tragic car accident. MariKay, born on April 2, 1968 in Norway, Upper Michigan was raised by Barbara (Chapman) and Steven De Kerf Sr., along with the late Edward Grailer. 

MariKay graduated from Kingsford High School and continued her education in the Fond du Lac and Appleton areas, attaining degrees in both English and Cosmetology. She was the district operations manager for Cost Cutters in East Central Wisconsin, overseeing approximately twenty salons. MariKay wrapped up her cosmetology career as the district manager for all the Shear America salons in Wisconsin. 

It was at Pla-Mor Lanes where MariKay found her soulmate, Gary Mathes. After many years working part-time for Gary, the two got to know each other better, eventually falling in love and marrying on September 6, 2009. MariKay joined Gary full-time at Pla-Mor Lanes, and together they ran the day-to-day business, both playing to their strengths. The lanes were Gary’s and the kitchen was MariKay’s. They often jokingly reminded one another that they had their ‘own’ areas. MariKay also just happened to be a very good bowler herself. She was always involved with Men’s and Women’s State Tournament and Men’s National Tournament. In 2017, she received an award for bowling in her 20th USBC National Tournament. 

If you did not see MariKay at Pla-Mor there was a good chance she was outdoors, as this was her happy place. She enjoyed golfing, hiking, watching animals, fishing, and going for walks. Every summer MariKay and Gary took a vacation to Yellowstone National Park where MariKay enjoyed watching wolves and bears for hours on end, without any regard for time. Watching wolves in the wild brought a sense of peace to her heart. MariKay had a love for all animals. She would feed the stray cats outside of Pla-Mor, and she even had a small shelter outside during the winter to provide a warm and safe place for them. When MariKay took the grandkids fishing for the first time it was one of her biggest joys. 

MariKay always put others first, and family was her greatest priority. Her strong-willed personality was the foundation that held her family together. Family and friends could expect a phone call if they did not stop in and visit often enough for her liking. Every December you could expect a Christmas letter letting the whole family know the highlights of her year. Her most famous quote was “My kids are my pride and joy, I would do anything and everything I can for them”. MariKay was a woman who had a plethora of glitter and sparkle, and a smile that could make anyone’s day better. 

MariKay will be greatly missed by her husband, Gary; her children: Marissa (Josh) Hinz, Tyler Buechel, Nathan (Jane) Mathes, and Holly (Chris) VanAkkeren; grandchildren: Bristen VanAkkeren, Raya VanAkkeren, and Julian Mathes; mother: Barbara (Steve) De Kerf; brothers:  David (Athena) Grailer, Michael (Terri) Grailer, Patrick De Kerf, Steve (Jessica Keyes) De Kerf, Jr., Derek (Tabitha Parker) Gagne; brother-in-law and sisters-in-law: Diane Mathes, Ken (Lisa) Mathes; mother-in-law and father-in-law: Karl and Helen Mathes; nieces and nephews, Eddie, Casey, Nikki (Matt), Kalia, Tyler, Jonathon, Tyler, Caitlin, Daphne, Heather, and Tyler; other friends and extended family. 

A time of visitation will be on Saturday August 1, 2020 at Wieting Family Funeral Home (411 W Main St.) in Chilton from 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM.
Although we lost contact years ago, I thought of MariKay from time to time; which always brought to mind fond memories. The sadness I feel pales in comparison to the pain those close to her are feeling. My thoughts go out to all the family and friends of MariKay. She will not be forgotten...she was one cool lady.

Dee Dee Braun (Former Co Worker and Old Friend) - Aug. 1, 2020

Mary Kay was a very important part of our business and cost cutters family! Her joy, constant dedication and enthusiasm for the business and employee's success was outstanding. We always appreciated her energy and spirit! Our deepest sympathies for her family and loved ones! She was always so proud of each of you! We loved getting her sweet Christmas letters annually. She was a very special person who touched all of us with her passion and spirit! We are grateful for the years we knew and worked with her!

Kitty and Jamil Alaily (former employer) - July 31, 2020

Mary was a very loving mom and wife. Her family was very close to her. She was a great person to know and was very caring. She will be greatly missed by her husband, parents, children, grandchildren.
She was the rock of the family. If you were need or needed someone to talk to she was there to listen and did her best to help. She is an angel now and will always be with her family. God Bless and Rest in Peace. She is with the Lord and her family in Heaven.

Faye Mroczkowski (Derek's mom) - July 31, 2020

My sincere sympathies to Barb...Gary and the entire family on MariKay's passing. Such a unexpected. I have fond memories of MariKay. She sure could cook up a great meal. Such a bubbly personality. Friendly and always a smile. Hold on to your precious memories. God's peace to each one.

Lena Pence (Friend ) - July 28, 2020

Sympathy to Barb, Steve and
all of MariKay's family,
Love never dies, even in death,
with wonderful memories
keeping her 'alive
in your heart. She was
blessed to have such a
loving and caring family.
God rest her soul.
Stay strong and know
she is 'at peace', waiting
for all of you to be with
her in Heaven some day.

don and connie waldvogel (Church family of Barb and Steve) - July 27, 2020

You will always be a shining star to all who knew you. You will be missed greatly by all. God Bless.

Faye Mroczkowski (Step brother Dereks mom) - July 26, 2020

Gary ~~ sending healing prayers and comforting hugs with deepest sympathy as you remember MariKay. It was truly a pleasure knowing MariKay when someone as special as she lived the way she did in our Community. Her legacy is sure to live on through the many lives she touched. MariKay made the best Pulled Pork sandwiches ever...and whenever I see that on any Menu now I will think of her.
RIP MariKay.

Diane Jaeckels (Friend) - July 25, 2020

My heart breaks for your loss. May you find peace in her beautiful memories.

Dana Tennessen (Worked together cutting hair ) - July 25, 2020

Lisa and family, I send you my deepest sympathy for your loss. Peace and comfort to you!

Judy Woelfel (New Holstein) - July 25, 2020

My heart goes out to Gary and his entire family. May time heal all your wounds and heart and know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Todd Mullane (Family Friend) - July 22, 2020

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