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Mary Tuckey Re­qua, of Phelps, Wis., died Dec. 16, 2013, at home. She was 65.

Originally from Lake Forest, Ill., Tuckey graduated from Lake Forest High School in 1966. She attended Marjorie Webster Junior College in Washington, D.C., and continued to reside in Maryland for 34 years.

Tuckey worked for VIVA, the organization that sold bracelets to remind Americans of the Vietnam POWs and for Close-up Foundation which brings high school students to D.C.

For 20 years, Tuckey worked in theatre administration, for Harlequin Dinner Theatre and NETworks, a theatrical production company which produces national tours of Broadway shows. She went from box office to indispensable IT specialist. She regularly sang in their Friday night cabarets.

She was fluent in Spanish and American sign language, which she used as a volunteer at the Gallaudet high school theatre program.

She was a great slow-pitch softball player.

Tuckey had a beautiful alto voice. She was a member of the D.C. area Feminist Chorus, the Lesbian and  Gay Chorus of Washington, D.C., and the Not What You Think ensemble.

She played guitar all her life including opening for Steve Goodman in Chicago. She loved nothing more than singing harmonies with friends.

She played in a couple of girl bands in Maryland, including the Tom Boys.

In 2005, Tuckey moved to Phelps and became the computer technician for Phelps School District. She began designing websites for local businesses through her Nakapaglaja Web Design.

She cohosted the WXPR Wednesday afternoon radio show, “Your Favorites,” with her father, Charley, from 2005-2011, and was the vice-chair of the WXPR board of directors.

She was devoted to both Phelps and Long Lake, and volunteered countless hours for the Long Lake of Phelps Lake Association and the Phelps Chamber of Commerce.

Tuckey was known as a prankster, an amazing friend and a devoted animal lover. She was always ready to laugh and play, and was an avid darts and horseshoe competitor at Sand Lake Pub.

She cherished her time at Long Lake and Crane Lake. One of her favorite places was her family’s cabin on Long Lake, enjoyed by six generations dating back to 1902.

In moving to Phelps, Tuck­ey returned to the place she loved so much, where she could listen to coyote choruses at night, watch eagles fly and “stalk” raptors to her heart’s content.

Tuckey is survived by her father, Charley Requa; brother, Patrick Requa; sister-in-law, Martha Requa; step-siblings, Jan and Dale Eng­berg and Susan Engberg; nieces, Polly Requa and Marny Requa (Tim Cunningham); and nephew, Marc Engberg.

She also is survived by grandnieces, Ellie and Amanda Duchow and Cara Cunningham; grandnephews, Oisin Cunningham and Jason Engberg; and many loving cousins and so many friends.

Tuckey was preceded in death by her mother, Mary Requa; her stepmother, Norma Engberg Requa; and her brother, Chuck Requa.

Memorials can be sent to Patrick Requa, 22486 West Illinois Route 173, Antioch, IL 60002. They will be used to establish an osprey nest on Long Lake. A service and celebration will be held this summer at Hazen Inn, Phelps.

Arrangements by Gaffney-Busha Funeral Home. Condolences may be expressed at


Monday, December 23, 2013 12:01 PM


0 #1 2013-12-26 10:28
I loved Tuckey! She rocked! We will all miss her!

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