Mary Jane (nee Weber) Kranitz

A memorial service will be held at 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 14 at the Mueller Funeral Home in Cedarburg for Mary Jane (nee Weber) Kranitz of Cedarburg. Mary passed away peacefully on Saturday, Sept. 9, 2006 at the age of 63. The Rev. Timothy Samorajski will officiate the memorial service. Visitation with family and friends will be held at the funeral home on Thursday, from 3 p.m. until the time of service. Inurnment will take place at the Zur Ruhe Cemetery in Cedarburg in a private ceremony.

Mary was born in Milwaukee on Nov. 18, 1942 to Elmer and Della (nee Hoffman) Weber. She grew up in Cedarburg and graduated from Cedarburg High School. She continued her education after high school, receiving a degree in elementary education from UW-Stevens Point. Mary went on to teach elementary education in Two Rivers and eventually returned to Cedarburg where she taught kindergarten through fifth grade at Westlawn Elementary School.

Mary married Richard Kranitz on Feb. 15, 1975 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Cedarburg and settled in Grafton. She spent many years working as Richardís secretary and business liaison at his law office while raising her two daughters, Aleece and Katie.

An active Girl Scout leader for 15 years, Mary was the leader of three troops and led many summers of day camp. She especially enjoyed teaching arts and crafts, singing songs, involving the girls in community service projects and coordinating field trips - including two troop trips to Walt Disney World in Florida.

Mary was very involved in athletics and drama in Grafton. She served as manager of her daughter Katieís youth soccer teams and was involved with the Grafton Booster Club. She sewed hundreds of costumes for Grafton High School musicals over the past 20 years including productions of "The Wizard of Oz," "Cinderella," "Guys and Dolls," "The King and I," "Les Miserables," "Hello Dolly" and "Bye Bye Birdie." Mary also volunteered with the Grafton Scholorship Fund, helping to raise money for scholarships given to graduating high school seniors.

One of Maryís greatest passions in life was flowers. She mastered planting to obtain the best colors in any garden for the entire growing season and always gave friends and families suggestions on what would make their garden look beautiful. She was involved in the Cedarburg Garden Club for 25 years and maintained garden plots at the historic Kuhefuss House in Cedarburg and several municipal garden plots in Grafton.

Maryís other passions in life were traveling, music and her friends. She was always reading about places to visit and enjoyed many vacations around the United States and Europe with friends and family. A talented piano player, Mary enjoyed playing show tunes and attending musicals whenever she could. She had kept close relationships with the numerous friends she has made throughout her life, traveling together and sharing in each otherís lives. Mary will be missed by many friends whom she shared her time with over the years.

Mary was the beloved wife of Richard Kranitz of Cedarburg; the dear mother of Aleece (Ryan) Vanderloop of Seattle, Wash., and Katie (Phil) Woods of Minneapolis, Minn.; dear sister of James (Kathy) Weber of New London; grandmother of four granddogs and two grandcats and adopted mother/peanut provider to many of Graftonís squirrels. She is further survived by nieces, nephews, other family and friends.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents Elmer and Della and her sister Charlotte.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorials are offered in honor of Mary to the Grafton Community Scholarship Fund (Mary Kranitz Scholarship), Ozaukee Humane Society or the Ronald McDonald House.