Watercott served the city for 14 years before losing a short fight with cancer
By Terry Lehrke, News Editor
Maureen Watercott passed away just four months after she found out she was suffering from a rare cancer.
She started feeling ill in December 2012, but doctors wouldn’t find the cancer that had started attacking her liver until two months later. The primary source of the cancer was never determined.
Until that time, the 54-year-old spent her time enjoying her family, doing her job and serving her community as the elected treasurer for the city of Pierz.
Her mother, Delores, said Maureen stopped to see her nearly every day after she came home from her job as accounting supervisor in Benton County.
Delores and her deceased husband, Charles had seven children, Maureen the middle child. Delores said her family was very close and gathered as often as they could, during the Pierz celebration of Oktoberfest at Maureen’s house on Edward Street and especially at Christmas time.
Family members see each other often, said Delores, because she and six of her children live in Pierz, with one living in Sauk Rapids.
Delores said the community has shown a lot of support for her family. Her faith has been a large comfort in the loss of her daughter.
Pat, one of Maureen’s brothers, said during her funeral, the priest said you have to let go. “You have to keep the memories, but you have to let go,” he said. “The world doesn’t stop, that’s for sure.”
Delores and her family haven’t decided what they will do with the flag and stone marker.
“One of the kids had mentioned that we’d put the flag in some type of an enclosed case,” she said. “We were just wondering if the stone could have somehow been attached to her gravestone. Just thoughts.”
Delores thought it was “Just wonderful” that the city honored her daughter. “It was overwhelming. She loved her job and did a good job … you just kind of take things like that for granted.
“She was very involved,” said Delores. “Other than that, she was just a common working gal.”
Maureen left behind six siblings, Kathy, Ron, Tim, Carolyn, Pat and Colette; 15 nieces and nephews and 19 great-nieces and nephews, all of whom were a large part of her life.
Since Maureen lived on Edward Street in Pierz, Mayor Toby Egan said the city is looking into naming Edward Street in honor of Maureen. How that will happen and when, has yet to be determined.
As the marker given by the city reads, in Pierz, Maureen is remembered for her dedicated service to the city of Pierz, but because “Not only was she the city treasurer, but she was a ‘treasure’ to all who served with her.”