Pierz memorializes one of its own — Maureen Watercott Memorial Drive dedicated


Monday, despite very cool, damp conditions, more than 50 people gathered for the dedication of Maureen Watercott Memorial Drive, a portion of Edward Street in Pierz, from County Road 39 to First Avenue North. A sign stands near each end of the section of street, near the home Watercott lived in before she died of cancer, June 25. Watercott, a lifelong member of the Pierz community, served as its city treasurer for 14 years, as well as numerous community and church organizations. Among those gathered were many members of her family, the Pierz City Council, co-workers from Benton County, neighbors and friends. “She was a friend to us and the community,” said Pierz Mayor Toby Egan. “We lost a very dear friend, and her family lost much more than that.” Pictured are Watercott’s family, the Council and city employees front row (from left): Gary Woitalla, Brock Woitalla, Brandon Funk, Reed Theis, Parker Talberg, Isabelle Funk, Kaydence Theis, Taylor Brisk and Bobbi Brisk holding Logan Brisk. Second row: City Administrator Anna Gruber, Christen Funk, Pam Woitalla, Barb Watercott, Carolyn Brisk, Delores Watercott (Maureen’s mother), Kathy Funk, Tim Watercott, Colette Gangl, Mark Gangl, Kari Theis, Nathan Brisk and Council Members Mike Menden and Stephanie Fyten. Back row: Public Works Director Bob Otremba, Mayor Toby Egan, Police Chief Eric Hanneken, Ben Watercott, T.J. Watercott holding Jaxon, Pat Watercott, Colleen Watercott, Zach Watercott, Ron Watercott, Dan Brisk holding Lane Brisk, Council Member Don Bujalski, Tara Watercott and new City Treasurer Linda Sczublewski.