Mardelle Phyllis Sievert

After an extraordinary life of 76 years, Mardelle Phyllis (Sobiesczyk) Sievert, of Pulaski, formerly of Bonduel, passed away as she slept on Friday, Jan. 5, 2018, surrounded by her sons and daughters (in-law). Mardelle was born on June 5, 1941, in Green Bay, daughter of the late Fred and Irene (McKeefry) Sobiesczyk.

Mardelle attended Assumption BVM School followed by Pulaski High School, graduating in 1959. On Sept. 28, 1963, Mardelle was united in marriage to Allen Roy Sievert in Pulaski.

Mardelle earned an associate’s degree at NWTC and worked at Wisconsin Public Service before farming with Allen in the towns of Hartland and Angelica in Shawano County until 2016.

Mardelle was a farmer in the truest sense of the word — planting the seeds of hope, nurturing each of us to grow and bloom, and reaping the rewards by watching all of us move forward. She was a mother to those who knew it and countless others who didn’t, including her sons and to Carrie, Sara, Diane, Dan and all those unofficially adopted as her own. Whether it was the kids in 4-H and FFA, the farmers helped by the Rural Health Initiative, the guys who helped pile hay on the farm, the kindergartners she read to, the choir girls whose dresses she sewed or just the babies she held in public to give someone help, Mardelle only knew how to give her love and support.

Mardelle and her husband were recognized as Outstanding Young Farmers, Wisconsin Master Agriculturists and Century Farmers. She was recognized as Outstanding Farm Woman of the Year for Shawano County, Honorary FFA Alumni member and Outstanding Dairy Leader. Mardelle was a member of the Shawano County Holstein Association, a 4-H dairy leader for 28 years, a member of the Bonduel FFA Alumni and the Bonduel Booster Club. Mardelle was also a driving force behind the creation of the Shawano County Rural Health Initiative, providing resources to the farming community.

Mardelle is survived by her sons, Steven (Phil), of Madison, Daniel (Carrie), of Bonduel, Richard, of Wauwatosa, and Randall (Sara), of De Pere; grandchildren Alex, KatieAnn, Rose, Isaac and Ian. She is further survived by her sister Caryle (Domingo) Adams of Winnie, Texas, along with many nephews, nieces, cousins, relatives and special friends including Roy and Linda McKeefry, Dan and Diane Schnell and their family, and Linda Van Pay.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, Allen, her parents Fred and Irene, and her father-in-law and mother-in-law Harold H. and Katherine (Seidler) Sievert, as well as uncles Clifford, Cyril and Laverne McKeefry.

A funeral Mass for Mardelle will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018, at Assumption BVM Catholic Church located at 124 E. Pulaski St. in Pulaski, with the Rev. Patrick Gawrylewski, O.F.M. officiating. Inurnment will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be held at Swedberg Wendt Funeral Home in Bonduel on Tuesday from 4-8 p.m. with a vigil service held at 7:30 p.m. Additional visitation will be held at the church on Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service.

Mardelle’s family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Maltinski at Bellin Health for all of his care and support.