Mary Tennessen, age 94, passed away on Friday, January 23, 2009 at Kindred Hearts in Kaukauna. Mary was born in the town of Woodville on March 3, 1914, daughter of the late John and Ann (Conrady) Gerrits. On June 2, 1936, she married Lawrence Tennessen in Hollandtown; he preceded her in death in 1990. Mary worked at the Kaukauna Community Hospital for a number of years before retirement. She enjoyed making rag rugs in the basement of her home and was also known for her crocheting. Many of her family and friends have received handmade gifts from her over the years. Mary was a longtime and faithful member of St. Aloysius Catholic Church (St. Katharine Drexel) in Kaukauna.
She is survived by a son: Donald "Bert" (Mary) Tennessen of Combined Locks; two daughters: Joan (Gary) Dollevoet of Hilbert and Rose Tennessen of Kimberly; a daughter-in-law: Blanche Meyer of Greenleaf; eleven grandchildren: Denise (Joe) Fritsch, Pat Tennessen, Carlos (Kathy) Tennessen, Alan (Patty) Tennessen, Tom (Julie) Tennessen, Ron (Jennifer) Tennessen, Lori (Dale) Zuleger, Lisa (Rick) Zuehl, Mark (Tracy) Dollevoet, Tim (Stacy) Dollevoet, and Tracey (Mike) Driessen. There are also twenty-six great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. Mary was preceded in death by her husband Lawrence, a son Eugene, a grandson Paul, sisters Minnie (Archie) Flanigan, Nellie (Harold) Lautenschlager, and Regina (Harold) Vercauteren, and brothers Frank (Ceil) Gerrits, Albert Gerrits, Ambrose Gerrits, and Lawrence (Loretta) Gerrits.
The funeral liturgy for Mary will be held at 6:00 PM on Monday, January 26, 2009 at ST. KATHARINE DREXEL PARISH (St. Al's Site) with Fr. Jerry Pastors officiating. Interment will be in St. Francis Cemetery, Hollandtown. Friends may call directly at the church on Monday from 4:30 PM until the time of the services.
Greenwood Fargo Funeral Home
500 Hendricks Avenue
Kaukauna, Wisconsin 54130
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