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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 01 November 2017 17:16

     Mary M. Poull lived her life to the fullest.
    “The woman was amazing. I don’t think she missed anything,” her daughter-in-law Judy Poull said. “She had a lot of interests and she did everything.
    “If you called her up and asked her to go shopping or bowling, she’d be ready in 15 minutes. She never said no. She was a good sport, always up for anything.”
    Mrs. Poull bowled until she was 89, stopping only because she feared falling, her daughter-in-law said, and lived in the house she and her late husband Ted built until her death Saturday, Oct. 28, at Lawlis Family Hospice in Mequon.
    Mrs. Poull came down with pneumonia shortly before her death, and doctors then discovered a tumor in her lung, her daughter-in-law said.
    Born in Port Washington on Sept. 16, 1922, Mrs. Poull was the last surviving sibling of nine children born to John and Mary Weyker.
    She worked at a canning factory and then at the Wisconsin Chair Co. in Port Washington.
    After Ted A. Poull returned from military service during World War II, the couple married on May 10, 1947, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Port.
    The couple built a home in the Knellsville area of the Town of Port Washington, where they raised their three sons and later cared for two young grandchildren and Mrs. Poull’s aging mother.
    Family was Mrs. Poull’s life.
    She was an extremely organized and talented homemaker, her family said, noting she canned vegetables form her garden and fruit from her orchard, made kuchen every Saturday morning and quilted.
    Her household chores were done on specific days of the week with no excuses, her family said — a work ethic she obtained from her German-Luxembourg heritage.
    She was a good cook who made everything from scratch and used the good china and silver at holidays and special meals.
    Mrs. Poull wasn’t just a homemaker, she literally helped build her home and those of her sons.
    “She did interior work, all the detail work,” her daughter-in-law said. “She stained and painted, filled nail holes.”
    It was something she did all her life, her daughter-in-law said, noting that she went to visit Mrs. Poull one night  “there she was on her hands and knees, installing baseboards. She was 79.”
    Mrs. Poull was a good sport and fun to be with, her family said. If you played sheepshead against her, you could expect to lose, as many of her fellow card players at the Grafton and Port Washington senior centers learned. She played the card game at the centers on Tuesday and Thursdays until she was 94.
    She also enjoyed bingo and traveling. Her husband was active in woodworking associations and the couple traveled around the country displaying his art.
    She also enjoyed bird watching, going out to eat, taking car rides to her old stomping grounds and sports, having participated in baseball in her younger years. She was an avid sports fan who particularly enjoyed following the Green Bay Packers and Wisconsin Badgers.
    She was interested in everything and followed the news intensely, her family said, noting she was a great conversationalist.
    “She was just a jolly good person,” her daughter-in-law said. “She was always happy. She had endless energy and a wonderful spirit.”
    Mrs. Poull is survived by her sons Ted P. (Judy) of the Town of Saukville and Mark “Chico” (Karen) and Robert (Nancy), both of the Town of Port Washington and grandchildren Jacob (Candie) and Emilee Rose Poull.
    She was preceded in death by her husband Ted; brothers Elroy, Edgar, Gregor, Lawrence, John and Alvin; and sisters Anna Kultgen and Helen Large.
    A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3, at St. John XXIII Catholic Parish, St. Peter of Alcantara Church, in Port Washington. Father Patrick Wendt will officiate.
    Visitation will be Friday from 3 p.m. until the service.
    A light lunch will be served following the Mass.
    Interment will be at 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Port Washington.
    Memorials to St. John XXIII Catholic Parish, St. Peter of Alcantara Church, and Lawlis Family Hospice are suggested.