Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Obituary: Mae Marie (Musillami) Sweeney - Class of 1968

MADISON - Mae Marie (Musillami) Sweeney passed away on Sunday, Sept. 27, 2009, after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born on Nov. 3, 1950, to Frank and Jean (Delaney) Musillami. She married Thomas Sweeney on April 16, 1977. Mae was a lifelong Madison resident. Her most treasured job was being mother to her three beautiful daughters, and being grandma to her precious granddaughter. Mae was a member of the Italian-American Women's Club of Madison, where she served a number of years as a board member. Mae touched the hearts of many people. We will always remember her for her ability to make people laugh, her kindness and generous heart, and the strength, grace and determination she showed in fighting her terminal illness. She is survived by her husband of 32 years, Tom Sweeney and their daughters Shannon, Colleen and Angela Sweeney, and their granddaughter Ashlyn Marie. She is further survived by her mother, Jean Musillami; her brothers, John, Frank Jr. (Marsha), Joseph (Joni Schwenn) and Patrick (Candy McVay); her sister, Debby (Rick) Hillebrand; her sister-in-law, Mary Sweeney; and brother-in-law, John (Sandy) Sweeney. She is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and dear friends. She was preceded in death by her father, Frank Musillami Sr.; and her mother and father-in-law, John and Josephine Sweeney. A Memorial Service will be held Friday, Oct. 2, 2009, at 11 a.m. at ST. JOSEPH CATHOLIC CHURCH, 1905 W. Beltline Highway, Madison, WI 53713. A visitation will be held prior to the service beginning at 10 a.m. Our family wishes to express our sincere gratitude to the staff at the UW Hospital Palliative Care Unit and the staff at HospiceCare for their kindness and care.Cress Funeral and Cremation Service 6021 University Ave. (608) 238-8406

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on September 30, 2009; submitted by Michael Vahldieck (Class of 1968)

Note: Mae graduated from West, but attended Central through 1967. She is pictured as a junior in the 1967 Tychoberahn

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