Honoring the Life by Telling the Story

Mary Foti

October 16, 1929 - July 30, 2020
Grafton, WI


Memorial Mass

Thursday, August 27, 2020
6:00 PM CDT
Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist
812 North Jackson Street
Milwaukee, WI 53202
(414) 276-9814

Due to COVID-19 there will not be a visitation. Masks will be required and social distancing observed. For the protection of all if you have a compromised condition or are not feeling well, Please, do not attend.



At the family's request memorial contributions are to be made to those listed below. Please forward payment directly to the memorial of your choice.

Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist Preservation Fund
812 N. Jackson Street
Milwaukee, WI 53202

Memorial contributions are preferred in lieu of flowers.


Below is the contact information for a florist recommended by the funeral home.

Belle Fiori
2014 N. Farwell Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53202
(414) 272-2234
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Life Story / Obituary


Mary Josephine Foti was born in Milwaukee on October 16, 1929 to Phillip and Gaetana Foti. She entered into Eternal Life on Thursday, July 30, 2020 in Grafton. Mary will truly be missed by her sister-in-law Nancy (Domenic) Foti, her nephew Phillip (Pam) Foti and their daughters Laura and Elizabeth, nephew Michael (Maren) Foti and their sons Hunter and Joshua, nephew Anthony (Patty) Plicka, and her countless friends from “the old neighborhood,” the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, and the Milwaukee Police Department.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Gaetana Foti, niece Rosemary Foti, sister Rose Plicka, and brother Domenic Foti. Mary was the last-living “first generation” Foti.

Mary was a true Eastsider and lived in her family home on Pearson Street for more than 80 years. Mary was a proud Sicilian-American and for many years stayed in contact with the family in Sicily. Mary worked as the church secretary at St. Rita’s on the lower east side, and also was a dedicated public servant for the Milwaukee Police Department in the role of administrative assistant for over 40 years.

Mary will be remembered for her beautiful smile, her Catholic faith, and her love for her family and friends. Although we will miss her here, we know that Mary, along with her sisters, brother, and parents are enjoying an amazing Sicilian dinner complete with frutti di mare, spiedini, homemade pasta and sauce, pizzelle, and homemade wine.

The Memorial Mass will be held on Thursday, August 27, 2020 at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, 812 N. Jackson Street, Milwaukee, at 6:00 PM. Masks are required.

We would like to thank the teams at Willowbrook Place, Village Pointe Commons - The Creste, and Allay Home and Hospice for their care and support over the last years. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist Preservation Fund in honor of Mary.