Marie Adela Pappas

March 3, 1947 - February 2, 2024
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Oh what a reunion there was when Marie went to her heavenly home.  Marie Adela Pappas, 76, was born in Bonduel, Wisconsin on March 3, 1947 to Raymond and Doris (nee Barkhaus) Buchholz.  She grew up on the family dairy farm and was active in school activities including drama and band, church, and 4-H.  She graduated from Bonduel High School and went to UW-Oshkosh, earning a degree in Radio and TV Production.  She traveled to the southwest and southeast United States where she met and married Alfred Hartzel.  She later moved to Madison, WI and worked for the state radio station.

She married Gordon Piebenga on August 13, 1978.  They moved to the southwest and lived and worked in Las Cruses, El Paso and Tucson.  They retired in Silver City, NM.  After Gordon passed away in 2014, Marie moved back to Tucson.  She loved the desert.  She was a foodie and enjoyed eating out, especially curry and Mexican food.  She was a wonderful cook.  Marie had artistic talent and was an Art teacher toward the end of her career.  She loved jazz music, Sabaku tshirts, travel and chocolate.

She is survived by her husband of one year, David Pappas of Tucson Estates, a brother, Edward (Ruth) Buchholz of Bonduel, WI, sisters, Karen (Daniel) Brugger of Black Creek, WI, Diane (Stephen) Bradshaw of Clarkston, GA, Joyce(Robert) Shest of Bonduel, WI, a nephew, Robert(Andrea) Brugger and their 3 children, a niece, Michelle (David Gordon)Brugger of Largo, FL and a niece Elena Shest of Lakeland , FL.
She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Gordon, a brother John, and  nephew, John Shest.
A celebration of life will be held in Wisconsin this summer.

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Born: March 3, 1947
Died: February 2, 2024

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Susan Baker posted on 2/11/24

Diane, my deepest sympathy for your family with the loss of your sister Marie. May your memories of the best of times together be of comfort.


Mary Anne Zimmerlee posted on 2/9/24

So sorry for your loss of Marie. I always like her and looked forward to family celebrations when I could sit and "catch up" with her.😢😢 May she rest in peace.