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Resurrection Catholic Church
Wednesday February 6th, 2019
5:00pm - 7:00pm

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Resurrection Catholic Church
Wednesday February 6th, 2019
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Resurrection Catholic Church
Thursday February 7th, 2019
9:30am - 10:30am

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Mass of Christian Burial

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Thursday February 7th, 2019
10:30am

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Marilee Joyce Mathine Sullivan

Marilee Joyce (Stauffer Mathine) Sullivan, 79, of Grand Island, passed away Monday, Feb. 4, 2019, at Tiffany Square Care Center in Grand Island. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Resurrection Catholic Church in Grand Island. The Revs. David Rykwalder and Thomas Ryan will concelebrate the Mass. A meal will follow the Mass. Marilee requested that her body be cremated following the services, with private family burial to be held at a later date in the Page Cemetery in Page. Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the church with a 7 p.m. vigil service. Visitation will also be held one hour before time of services Thursday at the church. Peters Funeral Home of St. Paul is assisting the family. Marilee was born on Feb. 28, 1939, at Page, Nebraska, the daughter of John and Della (Dorr) Stauffer. At age 5, Marilee entered first grade in Holt County Country School. At age 7, her family moved to Norfolk, where she finished her education, graduating from Norfolk Senior High School in 1956. She was united in marriage to Dale F. Mathine on Sept. 7, 1957, at St. Ludger's Catholic Church in Creighton, Nebraska. During their young married life, the couple lived in Lincoln, Kimball, Fairbury, Minden and St. Paul. In 1997, Marilee moved to Grand Island. Dale and Marilee were blessed with four children. While raising their four children, she volunteered in a number of organizations, including serving as a 4-H Leader, Wrestling Cheerleader Sponsor, Religious Youth Leader, Altar Society officer, Howard County Extension Club, Officer of the St. Paul Library Board, Grand Island Concert Association (serving as President in 1989 and 1990), helping with props for numerous productions of the Grand Island Little Theatre, was a member of American Legion Auxiliary Unit 119 of St. Paul, present member of Resurrection Catholic Church in Grand Island, Council of Catholic Women and Catholic Daughters of America-Court Queen of Peace #2227. Marilee was an accomplished pianist and organist and served as church organist for many Masses and funerals over the years. She was a talented artist and created several beautiful charcoal and pen drawings. Marilee founded the Unity Spiritual Center of Central Nebraska in Grand Island in 2001. While her children were young, she worked part-time from home as a photography assistant. She helped with many weddings and manually retouched each photo. She also was a daycare provider for many young children. After raising her family, Marilee began working outside the home in 1987, in the schools Superintendent's Office in the Howard County Courthouse. In 1988, she became the administrative assistant to the Superintendent of Schools at St. Paul High School, where she served until she retired in 2007 – after 19 years of service. She was united in marriage to Maurice James Sullivan on July 2, 2010, at Resurrection Catholic Church in Grand Island. The couple spent many happy years traveling and camping and enjoying their time together. During her life, Marilee was a friend to many. She was always ready to lend a hand. During her time working at the High School, she became “Mom” to many young people. Although she lived her entire life in Nebraska, Marilee's love of travel took her to many corners of the world. She especially enjoyed her visit to Europe – particularly to Switzerland, Paris and London. She enjoyed several trips to warm climates like Hawaii, Aruba, St. Thomas, the Bahamas and made several memorable trips to New York City. Whenever she traveled, she sought out artistically created ballerina statues. Her love of ballet led her to many years as a patron of the Omaha Ballet and Lied Center in Lincoln. And eventually to take trips to Chicago and New York to see Mikhail Baryshnikov perform. Two of the highlights of her life were seeing Mikhail Baryshnikov and Rudolph Nureyev perform together at the Lincoln Center in New York City in 1986, and then personally meeting and visiting with Baryshnikov during a private donor reception in Lincoln, Nebraska. She is survived by her husband, Maurice Sullivan of Grand Island and his children and their families; her children, David Mathine and his wife LeeAnn and son Thomas of Albuquerque, NM, Deb Mathine and her husband, Kert Maul of Stilwell, KS, Ken Mathine of Grand Island and Kevin Mathine of Omaha; brother, Ron Stauffer and his wife Connie of Norfolk; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; infant sister, Marilyn Arlene Stauffer; brother, Bernard Stauffer; and her husband, Dale Mathine in 2005. Memorials are suggested to the family's choice.

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Dear Family Mathine, I've been thinking about your dear mother for days and I can still not summon the words, but boy o' boy, I sure can summon the tears. :--( I never could call her Marilee, always Mrs. Mathine. Perhaps that's why I remember her as such a role model, as someone who always had the most sage advice, someone to look up to, someone who always, always, always made time for me. How well I remember her efforts at the church, the school, in town. There wasn't a church or school event that didn't see Marilee's warm smile, welcoming voice, and open arms. She literally glided from person to person, always making time, always encouraging, always embracing. In high school Marilee always welcomed us into her home, always a kind and an encouraging word for that test, that situation, that problem, that crisis. Her home was like a harbor in a storm. A place that her children's friends could use to get re-centered, re-grounded, and re-energized. It didn't really matter that her child wasn't there, Marilee operated independently, I felt I always had my own relationship with her, separate from her family members. Marilee always made me feel so incredibly loved and supported. As she did for so many. I don't think it's possible to know how many she "adopted" as her own. And how much we all benefited from her hugs and her undying support. To say Mrs. Mathine was a pillar of St. Paul would be an understatement. She WAS St. Paul, all its beauty, all its kindness, all its goodness. I am so very sorry for your loss. At the same time, I am so very sorry for OUR loss. What a lovely mother she was to you all. Marilee was so very generous to others, acts of kindness and goodness that you probably don't know about but wouldn't surprise you in the least. But, that's who Mrs. Mathine really was, never one to draw attention to herself simply to help and assist and move on. She lived her faith beautifully. She lived her vocation wonderfully. How honored I am to have been hugged and loved by Mrs. Mathine. Sincerely, Patrick Shaughnessy, Chicago, Illinois S.P.H.S., Class of '83

Patrick Feb 25 2019 5:20 PM

Maurice, Dave, Debbie, Kevin & Kenny - my heartfelt sympathies to you. I have many great memories of Marilee from the years we worked together at SPPS. We had so many laughs together and enjoyed playing pranks with the staff. She was truly one of a kind. Rest in peace Marilee.

Sherri A Dzingle Feb 8 2019 11:20 AM

Deepest sympathies to you all. Marilee was one of the nicest ladies and always greeted you with a smile. Will keep you in my prayers.

Nancy Shindle (Vik) Feb 7 2019 5:59 PM

I have so many wonderful memories of the Mathine family. I taught at St. Peter and Paul school and was privileged to teach their son Kenny. Now I am the guidance counselor in two elementary schools in North Platte. My job necessitated that I be here today, but my heart was in Grand Island as family and friends gathered to say good bye to this wonderful person. Since I could not be there I told my classes this morning about the life of my friend. She touched my life significantly as did her entire family. Love to each of you! Monica Kramer. NorthPlatte/Stapleton

Monica Kramer Feb 7 2019 12:54 PM

:heart:Marilee:heart: A woman whos spirit is so bright she filled up a room when she entered! A woman who taught me the power of love, acceptance, and to be open to the magic of life!! She made my life brighter and the world brighter!! Rest In Peace :heart::heart::heart:

Danielle Studnicka Feb 7 2019 12:31 AM

Mariliee was indeed an Angel on earth. When we moved to Minnesota, she let my daughter April (Schultz) Tuttle stay there in St. Paul with her, so April could finish her High School year there in St. Paul. She will be missed by so many.

Victoria A Sok Feb 6 2019 5:20 PM

We would like to send our deepest sympathy to the family of Marilee. It is difficult to lose a loved one. You will be in our prayers. Paul and Anita Polansky

Paul & Anita Polansky Feb 5 2019 5:23 PM

Deepest sympathy to the Mathine family during this difficult time.

Jon Sazama Feb 5 2019 8:49 AM