Mary Jane Reichenauer, 96, of Dyersville, formerly of Farley, passed away peacefully Saturday, Jan. 2, at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade.
Visitation for Mary Jane will be 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 7, at the Reiff Funeral Home in Dyersville.
Mass of Christian burial for Mary Jane will be at 2:00, Thursday, Jan. 7, at the Basilica of St. Francis Xavier in Dyersville, with Rev. Dennis Quint officiating. Eucharistic Ministers will be Donnie Reichenauer and Mary Jo Danner. Lector will be Sara Farrell. Placing the Pall will be Phyllis Koschmeder, Linda Winkelbauer and Carol Funke. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, Farley. Casketbearers will be David Hawker, Mark Reichenauer, Daniel Kelchen, Craig Recker, Doug Recker and Marty Recker.
Mary Jane was born July 26, 1924, in Dyersville, daughter of George and Ludwina (Burkle) Recker. She received her education from the rural country school in Dyersville. On Feb. 11, 1947, she was united in marriage to Peter Reichenauer at the Basilica of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Dyersville. The couple farmed in the Farley area for 21 years, until he preceded her in death Oct. 14, 1968. Mary Jane worked in the Western Dubuque lunch program for 21 years before retiring in June 1991.
She enjoyed gardening, playing bingo, cards, bowling, crocheting, quilting, traveling and Christmas. She made many scrapbooks and photo albums and kept a diary almost all her life. She loved to shop and was known for her luscious roast beef and cinnamon rolls.
Mary Jane was an active member of St. Joseph’s Parish in Farley, until she moved to the Ellen Kennedy Center, Dyersville, in 2005, and became a member of the Basilica of St. Francis Xavier Parish. She was also a former member of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas.
She is survived by three daughters: Phyllis Koschmeder of Marion, Linda (Larry) Winkelbauer of Somers and Carol (Jerry) Funke of Hiawatha; six grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; three siblings: Velma (John) Krapfl and Charles (Ann) Recker, both of Dyersville, and Donald (Joan) Recker of Nocogdoches, Tex.; sisters-in-law: Mildred Recker of Dubuque, Maureen Recker of Epworth and Eileen Prier of Dyersville.
Those who preceded her in death are her parents, George and Ludwina (Burkle) Recker; her husband, Peter Reichenauer; a son, Steven Reichenauer; siblings: Germaine (Alphonse) Kelchen, Esther (John) Reichenauer, Louis Recker, Sr. Margaret Ann Recker OSF, Helen (Duane) Hawker, Karol (Jim) Koch, Robert Recker, George Recker, Ralph Recker, and David Recker; father and mother-in-law, Andrew and Veronica Reichenauer; and sister-in-law, Helen Reichenauer.
Anyone unable to attend can send a memorial to: Reiff Funeral Home, ATTN: Mary Jane Reichenauer family, P.O. Box 99, Farley, IA 52046. Full obituary can be viewed and online condolences may be sent to the family at www.reifffuneralhomeinc.com.