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“Remembering a beloved sister to a special friend ”
1 of 30 | Posted by: Thomas Stram - Marshfield, WI

“I as so sadden by the news of Mercy going to be with the Lord. I worked with her on a daily basis with her being my QBE underwriter. We came to...Read More »
2 of 30 | Posted by: Dianne Kennedy - Plum, PA

“I am truly saddened by the news of Mercy's passing. I sat across from Mercy at QBE in the Underwriting Dept. as a colleague but I came to know Mercy...Read More »
3 of 30 | Posted by: Julie Ward (Day) - Cantonment, FL

“God bless you Mercy! What an example of a true Christian! You showed us how to carry a Cross! Gerry and family, our prayers are with you, and will be...Read More »
4 of 30 | Posted by: Juan Landa - Waunakee, WI

“Although a fellow choir member, she was an alto and I am a soprano. We did not talk much. However, I will always think of Mercy when we sing one of...Read More »
5 of 30 | Posted by: Rosemary Stark - Marshall, WI

“I first got to know Mercy at General Casualty in 2007. She was an excellent underwriter, very patient and kind, and always willing to answer...Read More »
6 of 30 | Posted by: Mary Mallory - Sun Prairie, WI

“Dearest Ptak Family,Sharing your sorrow on Mercy's passing and sending heartfelt love and prayers. Mercy and your family have been a joyful light...Read More »
7 of 30 | Posted by: maureen johnson Ofs - McHenry, IL

“Gerry and family I was so sorry to hear of Mercy's passing. I had the pleasure of knowing Mercy when I worked at General Casualty. She always...Read More »
8 of 30 | Posted by: Mary Palmer - New Glarus, WI

“I am thinking of you in this time of sorrow. You & Mercy are in my prayers ”
9 of 30 | Posted by: Cecilia Schneider - IL

“My sympathies, to all of her family & friends, in the loss of Mercy. ”
10 of 30 | Posted by: Ruth Elmer - New Glarus, WI

“Mercy was the first GC person (other than those involved in the interview process) I met upon moving to WI. Lunch get together the week I was...Read More »
11 of 30 | Posted by: Scott Cummins - Roseville, CA

“Mercy & Gerry have been my wonderful next-door neighbors for many years, since we all moved into our brand new condos way back then. I always think...Read More »
12 of 30 | Posted by: Terri Scheel - Sun Prairie, WI

“Mercy was a kind woman, and talented in so many ways. She was a hard worker at General Casualty. She was filled with the spirit of Christ and lived...Read More »
13 of 30 | Posted by: Gary & Sue St. Louis - WI

“Mercy was one of the most AMAZING, compassionate, kind and caring people I have ever met in my life .... she will be sorely missed, but heaven has...Read More »
14 of 30 | Posted by: Barbara Hill - Portage, WI

“My sympathy to the Ptak family.Bill HoeslyClass of 1970 New Glarus ”
15 of 30 | Posted by: Bill Hoesly

“I worked with Mercedes in the 80's at General Casualty. I remember her as a happy, smiling person. She was always a delight to talk to. My deepest...Read More »
16 of 30 | Posted by: Jane Zagrodnik - WI - Coworker

“Tom, Laura and family, I am so sorry for your loss....Sending my sympathy. ”
17 of 30 | Posted by: Janet King - Wis. Rapids, WI

“Dear Ptak Family,Having been neighbors and classmates growing up in Exeter Township, Mercy and I were good friends. I am sorry for the loss of a...Read More »
18 of 30 | Posted by: Joan Derendinger Judd - Mt. Horeb, WI

“Deepest sympathies to the Ptak family. We were all family at General Casualty, and are deeply saddened by the loss of Mercy, one of our family. ...Read More »
19 of 30 | Posted by: Donna Sarbacker - Coworker

“My prayers and condolences go out to Mercy's family. I worked with her at General Casualty and she was always a smiling face and pleasure to work...Read More »
20 of 30 | Posted by: Judy Klubertanz - Sun Prairie, WI

“I am so saddened to hear that Mercy lost the battle with this disease. As a co-worker for the majority of those 45 years, I was always impressed with...Read More »
21 of 30 | Posted by: Sheila Gempeler - Lodi, WI

“A loss to the General Casualty family. May there be comfort knowing she will not be forgotten. ”
22 of 30 | Posted by: Dean Henkel

“Sending love and prayers to Mercy's family. A memory to share: Mercy approached me 2-3 years ago (I didn't know her then) with a beautiful basket...Read More »
23 of 30 | Posted by: Melanie Pfeil - Sun Prairie, WI

“Thinking of you Gerry and family,Toni Rhodes (Fredenberg) ”
24 of 30 | Posted by: Toni Rhodes (Fredenberg) - WI

“My heart and prayers go out to you and your family right now as it always has. I love Mercedes and grew to love her so much through her example of...Read More »
25 of 30 | Posted by: Kim Durham - Sun Prairie, WI

“No amount of time with one you love is long enough. We know you are a strong, faithful family and will hold each other up through God's love with...Read More »
26 of 30 | Posted by: Judy & Bill Dabbs - Madison, WI

“Dearest Ptak family, Mercy was one of those rare individuals that absolutely everyone liked because of her natural ability to make people feel...Read More »
27 of 30 | Posted by: Kim McConnell - Madison, WI

“Mercy was a wonderful and kind person. Always greeted you with a smile. My sympathy to the entire family. She will be missed by all. ”
28 of 30 | Posted by: Diane Helt - Coworker

“Was a pleasure to have known her as the older sister of my classmate Joe. Sorry for your loss Joe. She was a wonderful person. Ron Erickson ”
29 of 30 | Posted by: Ronald Erickson - New Glarus, WI

“So sorry for your loss. Mercy was one of my mentors when I began working with her at QBE two years ago. She was such a kind woman. I will miss her. ”
30 of 30 | Posted by: Karen Brunker - Coworker


Mercedes M. Ptak, age 64, passed away on April 11, 2017, after a struggle with multiple myeloma cancer. She was born in Chicago, Illinois on June 23, 1952, the daughter of Stanley and Marie Ptak. She attended Sacred Hearts High School in Rolling Meadows, IL, and then New Glarus High School. She was an employee of General Casualty Insurance (now QBE) for over 45 years. She was a valued insurance underwriter and earned several accreditations during her career. Mercedes was a member of Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Catholic Church, Sun Prairie, St. Maximilian Kolbe Secular Fraternity as well as the Mission of the Immaculata. Her hobbies included serving as a vocalist in several choirs and folk guitar. She was well known for her inspired talent in writing icons and lovingly sharing card images with family and friends throughout the country. Mercedes was preceded in death by her parents.

Mercedes is survived by 10 siblings: Thomas (Laura) Ptak of Marshfield, Maria (Allan) Gaboury of Sun Prarie, John Ptak of Arlington Hts, IL, Patricia (Michael) Hafele of Amery, Geraldine of Sun Prairie, Joseph of Madison, Steven (Ana) of St. Paul MN, Peter (Dorothy) of Lakemoor IL, Christopher (Elizabeth) Ptak of Blanchardville, and Judith (Frank) Lopez of Sun Prairie. She will also be remembered as a special aunt to many nieces and nephews, and a godmother to three.

A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at SACRED HEARTS OF JESUS AND MARY CATHOLIC CHURCH, 227 Columbus St. Sun Prairie, with Monsignor Duane Moellenberndt presiding. Burial will follow at St. Andrew's cemetery in Verona. Visitation will be held on Tuesday April 18, 2017 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Tuschen-Newcomer Funeral Home, 302 Columbus St. in Sun Prairie, where a Franciscan Wake Service will be at 4 p.m. A visitation will also be held from 9 a.m. until 9:45 a.m. at the Funeral Home on Wednesday. In lieu of memorials, the family requests Mass intentions in repose of her soul.

Jesus, I trust in you.

Tuschen-Newcomer Funeral Home
Sun Prairie, WI 608-837-5400
www.newcomerfh.com