Mary Lou Orcutt

Mary Lou Orcutt, age 91, of Tomahawk, passed away on Wednesday, April 10, 2024, at her home surrounded by her family. Mary Lou was born in Stoughton, Wis., on Nov. 3, 1932, to the late Edward and Lorraine (Bolsted) Severson.

Mary Lou was a 1951 graduate of Stoughton High School. She was married to her high school sweetheart, Dean Orcutt, on Jan. 19, 1952. Mary Lou was a devoted wife and mother who lovingly raised her family. As the children grew older, she began employment as a bookkeeper with Gunnelson Implement for several years. In 1974, Dean and Mary Lou moved to the Tomahawk area where she was a longtime bookkeeper at Golden Age Nursing Home. Mary Lou was a talented painter and quilter. As a faithful member of Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church, she dedicated much of her time to the Ladies Guild, making quilts for donation to local hospitals. She had a love for gardening, baking, traveling, fishing, playing cards, cooking and spent many hours on the golf course, walking the greens until the age of 85. Above all, Mary Lou cherished being a mom and grandma to her loving family.

Mary Lou, known as “Grandma Lou” by many, touched many lives and was loved by all who knew her. She loved giving back and helping others. A thoughtful person to the very end, when her time came, Mary Lou was sure to comfort her family, letting them know that she was ready to go home to Jesus and be with Dean again.

Survivors include her sons, Michael (Robin) Orcutt, of Sioux Falls, S.D., and Byron Orcutt, of Tomahawk; her daughters, Jackie Carr, of Brooklyn, Wis., Jean Orcutt-Schulz, of Tomahawk, and Janie (Michael) Jaecks, of Tomahawk. She is further survived by 12 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her parents, Edward and Lorraine; her husband, Dean; her great-grandson, Hugo Stevenson; two sisters, Shirley Williams and Beverly Bolender; and two brothers, Eugene Severson and Michael Severson.

Her family wishes to thank Pastor Mark Gass and the members of Redeemer for all the visits, phone calls, cards, and prayers. She was truly blessed to have you in her life. They would also like to thank the angels at Aspirus Comfort Care & Hospice Services for being there in her time of need.

Memorial services for Mary Lou Orcutt were held at Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church. Generations Funeral Home & Crematory assisted the family. You may view Mary Lou’s obituary and leave online condolences at

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