Mary Agnes Jorgensen

May 11, 1942 – July 29, 2013

Mary Agnes Jorgensen of Mukwonago passed away peacefully Monday, July 29, 2013, with her loving family by her side at the age of 71. She was born May 11, 1942, and grew up and lived in Mukwonago. Mary and Gary recently celebrated their 49th wedding anniversary.

Mary was the loving wife of Gary Jorgensen; caring mother of Heidi (Glenn) Shudy and Jeff Jorgensen; and the caring and thoughtful grandmother of Emily and Ashley Shudy. She is the niece of Marguerite Pierschalla and Juliette Scherer. Mary is also survived by her siblings, Gerald Niegelsen, Kathy Dahle, Jeff (Nancy) Weinkauf, Jenny (Rick) Wagner, Jill (John) Howard, Sonia Halverson, Joe (Nancy) Weinkauf, John (Donna) Niegelsen and Tim (Carla) Niegelsen, and many nieces, nephews, and friends. Mary will be missed by all.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents, Beatrice Driscoll (Niegelsen) Weinkauf and Warren Niegelsen; her adoptive father, Leland Weinkauf; and a brother, Jay Weinkauf.

Mary was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and homemaker. She was known for her excellent cooking and baking of cookies and desserts with her granddaughters around the holidays. Mary enjoyed hand quilting, gardening and ice skating. Mary was generous in sharing her talents with her family, friends and granddaughters. She was always there to support her family and friends. Mary had a great love for her granddaughters and will always be remembered as a wonderful wife, mother and very dear grandmother.

Mary was a lifelong member of St. James Church in Mukwonago. She was involved with the Christian Women, St. James Environmental Committee and the Mukwonago Fire Department Women’s Auxiliary. She was a longtime volunteer at Lindengrove Nursing Home until her illness would no longer allow her to volunteer. Mary was also a proud member of “The Great 8.”

Mary owned The Sewing Basket with her best friend and business partner, Kathy Waschow, for 30 years.

Mary’s Catholic faith, kindness and generosity will be missed, but celebrated by all who knew her. The home Mary has returned to is as heavenly as the home she created here on Earth.

Special thanks to Pro-Health Home Care & Hospice.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 1, at St. James Catholic Church, 830 Highway NN East, Mukwonago. The family will receive friends at the church from 4 p.m. until the time of the service at the church. Burial will be held at St. Peter’s Cemetery in East Troy at 10 a.m. Friday.

Memorials to the family are appreciated.

Schmidt & Bartelt Funeral and Cremation Services in Mukwonago is serving the family. For more information, call 363-7126 or visit online at