Mary Jane Erdman

Oct. 14, 1919 - March 11, 2008

Mary Jane Erdman, 88, of Waukesha, died Tuesday, March 11, 2008, at her Waukesha home. She was born Oct. 14, 1919, in Dodgeville, to Fredrick and Eulalia (nee Doyle) Steppler.

Mary Jane was a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, earning a Bachelor of Arts in education. She also received a two-year degree in education from Edgewood College in Madison. She started teaching at rural schools in Richland and Grant counties, then in Potosi and Lafayette County. In 1947, she taught in Augusta and Whitewater. Mary Jane then taught third-grade in Waupaca and at St. Mark School in Kenosha for 15 years before retiring in 1973.

In retirement, Mary Jane enjoyed substitute teaching in the Waukesha School District and was the past president of the American Legion Auxiliary. She was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxillary, the Soil Conservation Society of America and a 35-year member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Waukesha. On Dec. 26, 1953, she married Alvin Erdman.

She will be sadly missed by her husband, Alvin Erdman of Waukesha, and two children, Janet (John) O’Brien of Waukesha and Allan Erdman of St. Louis. She was the dear grandmother of Kathleen O’Brien of Milwaukee and Sean and Alison O’Brien, both of Waukesha. She is further survived by her sister, Dorothy Konkol of Black River Falls.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Richard and John Steppler, and sister, Pauline Steppler.

Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. until the 7 p.m. VFW Auxiliary service Sunday, March 16, at Randle-Dable Funeral Home, 1110 S. Grand Ave., Waukesha. Services continue Monday, March 17, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 225 S. Hartwell Ave., Waukesha, with a visitation from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. funeral Mass. The Very Rev. James T. Volkert will preside. Burial will take place at 2 p.m. Monday, March 17, at Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Union Grove.

Memorials are appreciated to Waukesha Catholic Schools, 221 S. Hartwell Ave., Waukesha, WI 53186; Beautiful Savior Lutheran School, 1205 S. East Ave., Waukesha, WI 53186; or Rolland Nelson Crossroads Hospice, 1020 James Drive, Hartland, WI 53029.

For further information, please call Randle-Dable Funeral, Cremation and Preplanning Services at 547-4035, or go to www.waukeshafunerals.com for directions or to leave an online tribute.