Shullsburg Obituaries
Mary R. Keyes
Mary Regina “Aunt Jeanie” Keyes, age 88, formerly of Shullsburg, WI passed away Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at Agrace HospiceCare in Madison, WI. She was born on February 4, 1927, in Seymour Township, rural Shullsburg, the daughter of Daniel and Mary (O’Brien) Keyes. Mary graduated from Cuba City High School in 1946 and attended Platteville Normal School where she received her teaching certificate. She later received her Masters in Education from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. She grew up in rural Shullsburg and first taught Elementary Education in Boscobel, WI. In 1958 she moved to Watertown, WI where she dedicated her life to being an elementary teacher until her retirement. In March of 2015 she moved to Shullsburg.
Mary is survived by two sisters: Lois Goc of Omaha, NE and Anna Vosberg of Platteville, WI; one sister-in-law: Patrica Keyes of Dubuque, IA; many nieces and nephews who loved her dearly; and special friends: Kay Meckes, Carol Erickson, Jerry Kreitzman, and Wayne Kempen. She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister: Lorraine Aurit; five brothers: Joseph, John, Eugene, Daniel, and Arthur Keyes; three brothers-in-law: Francis Vosberg, Paul Aurit, and Paul Goc; and three sisters-in-law: Lucille Keyes, Emma Keyes, and Margaret Keyes.
Mary was a member of both St. Matthew’s Catholic Church of Shullsburg and St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Watertown, a member of the National Education Association, Wisconsin Education Association, United Lakewood Educators, and Jefferson County Area Retired Educators Association. Mary was an avid traveler, enjoyed knitting, and loved Theater. She was also a bird lover. She will always be remembered as family oriented and a very generous person. Mary will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by her family and friends.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 11:00 A.M. at St. Matthew’s Catholic Church (344 North Judgement Street, Shullsburg) with Rev. Joji Reddy officiating. Burial will be at St. Matthew’s Cemetery in rural Shullsburg. A visitation will be held Saturday, March 28, 2015 from 9:00 A.M. until the time of service at St. Matthew’s Catholic Church where a Rosary will be prayed at 9:00 A.M. The Erickson Funeral Home in Shullsburg is serving the family. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.ericksonfuneralhome.com
For those who prefer, a memorial fund has been established in Mary’s name.
Helen D. Engels
Helen D. Engels, age 82 of Shullsburg, WI, passed away on Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at Tivoli at Divine Savior Healthcare in Portage, WI. She was born November 14, 1932, in Shullsburg, WI, the daughter of Elmer and Mary (O’Neil) Curran. Helen graduated from Shullsburg High School in 1950. She was united in marriage to John Engels on May 30, 1955, at St. Matthew’s Catholic Church in Shullsburg. Helen lived in Shullsburg all of her life. She worked as the office manager for Memorial Hospital of Lafayette County in Darlington, WI, and with her husband at Engels Shoe Store. Helen later worked as the office manager for Dr. Fritz Ruf, MD for a number of years until her retirement.
Helen is survived by six children: Mary (Jerry) Foellmi of Portage, WI, Stephen (Teya) Engels, Susan (Bob Lacke) Engels, and Monica (Mic Sullivan) Engels all of Cambridge, WI, Tom (Judi) Engels of Cottage Grove, WI, and Chris (Todd) Stuntebeck of McFarland, WI; 12 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; and one brother: Pat Curran of Cedarburg, WI;. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband John on January 22, 2013; three brothers: Billy, Austin, and Paul Jo Curran; two sisters: Florence Sancho and Kathleen Bennett.
Helen was a member of St. Matthew’s Catholic Church in Shullsburg, and its Council of Catholic Women. She was very active in the Lafayette County Republican Party where she served as its chairperson for many years. Helen was an avid golfer and former member of Darlington Country Club for many years.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 11:00 A.M. at St. Matthew’s Catholic Church (344 North Judgement Street, Shullsburg) with father Joji Reddy officiating. Burial will be held St. Matthew’s Cemetery in rural Shullsburg. A visitation will be held Saturday, March 21, 2015 from 9:00 A.M. until the time of service at St. Matthew’s Catholic Church where a Rosary will be prayed at 8:45 A.M. The Erickson Funeral Home in Shullsburg is serving the family. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.ericksonfuneralhome.com
The family would like to Thank Tivoli, Honey, and Doctor Amy Strain for all of their excellent love and care.
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