Mary Jane Reichenauer, 96, formerly of Farley, died peacefully, Jan. 2, at Shady Rest Care Center, Cascade.
Visitation for family and friends was held Thursday, Jan. 7, at Reiff Funeral Home in Dyersville. A Celebration of Life for Mary Jane was at St. Francis Xavier Basilica, Dyersville, followed with burial in St. Joseph Cemetery, Farley.
Mary Jane was born July 26, 1924, in Dyersville, the daughter of George and Ludwina (Burkle) Recker. She was a conscientious and hard worker. After finishing her country school education, she worked at Glover Factory in Dyersville. Mary Jane married Peter Reichenauer, Feb. 11,1947, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville. For the next 21 years, she was a homemaker and farmed with Peter until he was killed in a car accident in 1968. Mary Jane then was a cook, for over twenty years, at Western Dubuque Elementary School in Farley. After retirement she worked two years, part time, at St. Joseph Elementary lunch program. Mary Jane’s family always said that she made the best roast beef around.
Mary Jane was a woman of strong faith. She often attended weekday Mass and along with praying the rosary, had a litany of other prayers that were important to her. Mary Jane was a long-time member of St. Joseph parish and its choir and the Catholic Daughters of America for over 50 years.
Family was very important to Mary Jane. Having her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren visit meant everything to her and was reflected in her beautiful smile. Mary Jane enjoyed working in her garden, playing bingo, bowling, playing cards (especially euchre), socializing, watching game shows, shopping, and crocheting dollies and afghans for her children and grandchildren. Mary Jane also enjoyed traveling – going twice to Europe, going on bus trips and visiting her children.
Mary Jane was a wonderful Mom and will be greatly missed. She is now enjoying eternal life with her husband Pete, whom she never stopped missing, her son Steven, many brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews.
Mary Jane is survived by three daughters: Phyllis Koschmeder of Marion, Linda (Larry) Winkelbauer of Somers and Carol (Jerry) Funke of Hiawatha; six grandchildren and ten great grandchildren; brothers, Charles (Ann) Recker of Dyersville, Donald (Joan) Recker of Nocogdoches, Tex.; and one sister, Velma (John) Krapfl of Dyersville; sisters-in-law: Mildred Recker of Dubuque, Maureen Recker of Epworth and Eileen Prier of Dyersville.
She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Ludwina (Burkle) Recker; her husband, Peter (1968); son, Steven (2020); siblings: Germaine (Al) Kelchen, Esther (John) Reichenauer, Louis Recker, Sister Margaret Ann Recker OSF, Robert Recker, George Recker, Helen (Duane) Hawker, Ralph Recker, David Recker, and Carol (Jim) Koch; several nieces and nephews; father and mother-in-law, Andrew and Veronica Reichenauer; and sister-in-law, Helen Reichenauer.
The family would like to thank the staff at Shady Rest Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque for the compassionate care that they gave Mom.