Mary Jo (Stricker) Odette of Tucson AZ, formerly of Edgerton WI, passed away on Sunday, July 29, 2012 at Tucson Medical Center, after a short battle with ovarian cancer. She was born on November 27, 1956, the daughter of the late Robert Sr. “Bob” Stricker and Beatrice “Bee” (Bussey) Stricker. Mary graduated from Edgerton High School in 1975. She was a trained court reporter, but found her calling helping adolescents cope with alcohol and drug addiction. While working at Anderson Alcoholic Rehabilitation Hospital in Edgerton, she met her husband, Dr. William Odette. They moved to Tucson in 1988 and were married October 6, 1990 at United Methodist Church in Edgerton WI. Once settled in Tucson, she began work at B&B Cactus Farm which nurtured her fascination and passion for the plants of the desert southwest. A fiercely loyal friend to Jody (Halverson) Love, she became an honorary parent over the years to Jody’s three children, impacting their lives until the day of her death. Mary loved books, music, shopping, botany and her close network of dear friends and family.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by her brothers Robert Jr. “Bobbee” (Carolyn) Stricker, John “Jack” Stricker, her nephews Scott Stricker, Steve (Nicki) Stricker, her niece Vicky (Mark) Nixon, and her Great nieces and nephews: Rowan, Bobbi, Isabella and Owen.
The family would like to thank Mary’s longtime friends, “The Edgerton Girls”, which have stood together through all obstacles these many years.
Visitation will be from 5:00 – 7:00 PM Tuesday, August 14 at Whitcomb-Lynch-Albrecht Funeral Home 1004 S. Main St., Edgerton. Memorial services will be held on Wednesday, August 15 at 11:00 AM at the United Methodist Church in Edgerton. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Edgerton Community Outreach in Mary’s name.
May Mary’s spirit continue to light up the world.