Mary Jean Ferrell
Mary Jean Ferrell, age 82, of Waldwick, passed away peacefully of natural causes, at her home on Sunday, June 29, 2012. Mary was born on August 22, 1929 to Elise Herger and Herman Sigg in the town of Mount Horeb. She had three brothers; Joe, Charlie, Louie and one sister Susie. Mary graduated in 1949 from Hollandale as valedictorian of her class. She went on to graduate from UW Platteville with a teaching degree and taught for several years. On December 26, 1953, she married Stanley C. Ferrell of Mineral Point where they farmed their entire married life. Mary and Stan were blessed with fifteen wonderful children, nine sons and six daughters; Judy, Carla, Charlotte, Stan Jr., Stuart, Lisa, Steven, Sheldon, Scott, Sam, Diane, Donna, Dennis, Douglas and David.
Mary’s greatest passion was raising her children. She also enjoyed her grandchildren and great grandchildren immensely. Mary loved to talk about her family and was known for her patience and understanding. Her favorite quotes included, “I gave life and living my best shot. My family was my top priority.” and “something good will come of it”. She was an outstanding cook and took pride in having a homemade meal ready at any time of the day if someone should stop by. Known for her delicious apple pies, homemade breads and cookies, you never left Mary’s home hungry. Mary enjoyed traveling and enjoyed trips to Switzerland, Haiti, Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii, England and much of the Continental US.
Mary was a busy woman and had an enormous faith in God. Mother Theresa was a great inspiration to her. She had a strong compassion to help the less fortunate and the elderly. She found great joy in making someone’s day. Mary was an active and dedicated member of the Waldwick Community Church. She enjoyed writing the Waldwick News for the Dodgeville Chronicle for 30 years.
Mary was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Stanley, on June 11, 1991 and a brother Joseph Sigg in 2011.
She is survived by her fifteen children, Judy (Ron) Babinsky; Carla; Charlotte (Wayne) Perez; Stan Jr. (Debbie); Stuart (Olga); Lisa (Mike) Ver Kuilen; Steve; Sheldon; Scott (Sue); Sam; Diane (Rick) Straka; Donna (Scott) Hamilton; Dennis (Jennifer); Douglas and David; her much loved grandchildren and great grandchildren. Also surviving are her brothers Charles (Rosemary) Sigg; Louie (Marcia) Gort; her sister Susie (Wes) Watrud; a sister-in-law Shirley Sigg and nieces and nephews and many friends who she thoroughly enjoyed.
Friends may call from 3:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. on Thursday, August 2, 2012 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Hollandale where a Memorial Mass will be held at 7:00 P.M. Fr. Randy Budner and Pastor David Ritchie will co-officiate. In lieu of flowers, memorials to be used for Mary’s favorite Missions would be greatly appreciated.