Wausau, Wis. (WAOW) -- Friends, family and co-workers are mourning after the co-owner of The Mint Café, Mary Pepowski, passed away last week.
Pepowski owned the restaurant for 30 years alongside her husband.
Julie Luedtke, catering and service manager at The Mint, has worked with Pepowski since she was 17 years old. She said people loved Pepowski because she always made them feel special.
"It was very obvious if you were around Mary that she was happy you were there, she was happy you were in her restaurant," Luedtke said. "And not because of the dollar you brought into the restaurant, but because of the relationships you brought in. "
Luedtke said she wants people to remember Pepowski for how much she changed people's lives.
"The people that know her and love her, we can try to live our lives a little bit more like her each and every day and just make the world a better place," she said.