Mary Jane McCrackin, 80
Nov. 18, 1935 — July 27, 2016

Mary Jane McCrackin (nee Tennies), 80, of the town of Erin, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family at the Majestic Heights in Hartford on Wednesday, July 27, 2016.

She was born Nov. 18, 1935, in the Hartford to Joseph and Alice (nee Katzfey) Tennies. Mary was united in marriage to Rollie McCrackin on April 13, 1955, at St. Patrick’s Church in the town of Erin.

Mary did a wonderful job and devoted her life to raising her five daughters, Lou Ann (Tony) Peters of Lomira, Teresa McCrackin of Menomonee Falls, Heidi McCrackin of Hartford, Christine (Jim) Miller of Hartford and Laura (Jim) Gilson of Illinois.

Throughout her life, Mary entertained many family and friends with her unique ability to play accordion and piano. Everyone felt welcome and at home when visiting her. Mary touched everyone she met with her kindness and sense of humor. Mary loved her birds, flowers, “Nita” and her very special cocker spaniel, Lady.

She will be sadly missed by her five daughters; her grandchildren, Jeremiah (Jenny), Joshua and Jesse Peters, Jimmy (Jennifer) Miller, Rachel (Dave) Young, Damian Farry, and Brandon and Austin Gilson; eight great-grandchildren, Gavin, Alexandria, Logan, Harmony, Jayce, Mason, Xavier, and luckily Mary got to meet her special great-granddaughter, Aylvia Jane; her sisters, Skip Christenson and Betty Peplinski; and a brother, Frank (Grace) Tennies.

Mary is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Rollie in 2009; her two brothers, Josie and Jerome; brothers-in-law, Darwin Christenson and Ray Peplinski; and her sister-in-law, Vivian Tennies.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Mary will be at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, July 30, at St. Kilian Catholic Church in Hartford. Visitation will be Saturday at the Shimon Funeral Home from 9-11 a.m.

Interment will be at St. Patrick’s Cemetery in the town of Erin.

In Lieu of flowers, memorials to the Diabetes Association are appreciated.

The family would like to thank Serenity Hospice. The family also extends a heartfelt thank you to the wonderful staff at Majestic Heights for all of their love and care.

Shimon Funeral Home is assisting the family: 262-673-9500 or