Mary Agnes Horkan (nee Byrnes)

Jan. 30, 1923 Ė April 6, 2010


Mary Agnes Horkan (nee Byrnes), 87, entered Godís loving arms Tuesday, April 6, 2010, at Waukesha Memorial Hospital. She was born Jan. 30, 1923, to James and Mae Byrnes in Winfield Township, Sauk County.

She was the beloved wife of the late Bernard Horkan; cherished mother of Debra Horkan; grandmother of Chad (Christine) Horkan and Garrett Horkan; and great-grandmother of Cassie, Tanner and Cole Horkan. She was deeply loved by her many caregivers and friends. She will by especially missed by her dog, Sadie.

She was preceded in death by her two brothers, Emmett and Kenneth Byrnes.

Mary Agnes was a devoted educator whose teaching career spanned 58 years. She graduated from Sauk County Normal School in Reedsburg. She earned a bachelorís degree in education from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in 1953, a masterís degree in elementary education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1958 and a doctor of philosophy degree in educational administration from UWMadison in 1986.

Visitation will be held from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 10, at Krause Funeral Home, 12401 W. National Ave., New Berlin, followed by a candlelight prayer service. Visitation continues from 9:30 a.m. until the 10 a.m. Mass of Christian burial Monday, April 12, at St. Mary Catholic Church, 225 S. Hartwell Ave., Waukesha. Burial will be at 3 p.m. Monday at Calvary Cemetery, Reedsburg.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are appreciated to The Caring Place.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to everyone who cared so lovingly for Mary Agnes for the past eight years.

Krause Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 786-8009, is serving the family.