« Back to Obituaries

Mary A. Gentry

Mary A. Gentry

April 16, 2017

Mary Ann Holden Gentry, age 65, of Altoona, Wisconsin was so blessed and privileged to join Jesus on the most sacred of days, Easter Sunday.

Mary was born September 2, 1951, the daughter of Harold and Lucille Holden. She grew up in the Eleva-Strum area, graduating from Eleva-Strum High School in 1969. She received a degree in education from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 1973.

Mary became the bride of Patrick Gentry June 9, 1973 at Holy Guardian Angels Church near Brackett. She spent the next 43 years as a devoted wife, mother, and educator.

Mary’s teaching career began in Chetek, Wisconsin where she taught ESE students for seven years. She spent the next 30 years as an educator in Lake County, Florida. Mary taught at Groveland Elementary, Lost Lake Elementary, and Minneola Charter School. She taught learning disabilities classes, second, and third grade.

Mary spent the last few years of her education career as a reading coach and Teacher Trainer in reading comprehension strategies. Mary retired from teaching in 2011 and relocated back to Wisconsin.

She is survived by her husband, Patrick and sons Trevor (Hannah) of Lawrence, Kansas and Derek (Stephanie) of Appleton, Wisconsin. She took great pride in her five grandchildren, Scott, Alex, Jonah, Norah, and Jude. She is also survived by her brother, Delaine (Carol) Holden of Rochester, Minnesota, and her sister, Sharon Quesinberry of Melbourne, Florida.

Deep gratitude is expressed to the following groups for their care, support and prayers during these past few months. The Mayo Clinic and Cancer Center and to Doctors: Al-Hattab, Kaye Holt, Taiwo Kanu, and Sunday Olatunji, the nurses at the cancer center, the nurses from The Mayo Hospice. Father’s Derek Sakowski and Alan Guanella, and the parishioners from St. Raymond’s and St. Mary’s Parishes.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 20, 2017 at the Fuller Speckien Hulke Funeral Home in Eau Claire. The Rosary will be said at 7:00 p.m. at the Funeral Home. Visitation will also be at the church one hour prior to the funeral on Friday. A Mass of Christian Burial will be officiated by Father Derek Sakowski at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, April 21, 2017. The Funeral will take place at St. Raymond’s of Penafort Parish near Brackett, Wisconsin. The church is located off of old Highway 53 between Brackett and Foster on E. Mallard Road. Burial will take place immediately following the Funeral Mass in the Holy Guardian Angels Cemetery.

Friends and family may offer condolences online at www.fullerspeckienhulke.com.

Fuller Speckien Hulke Funeral Home, 3209 Rudolph Road, Eau Claire, WI 54701 is assisting the family with the arrangements.


Visitation will take place at the funeral home on Thursday, April 20, 2017, from 5 to 7 p.m., the visitation will be concluded with a rosary service. Visitation will continue at the church on Friday at 10 a.m. until the time of Mass.


A Funeral Mass will take place at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 21, 2017, at St. Raymond of Penafort Parish, E10455 Mallard Road, Fall Creek, WI 54742 with Father Derek Sakowski officiating.