M. Jane (Harrington) Statz

Madison – M. Jane (Harrington) Statz, age 98, passed away peacefully on Saturday, December 9, 2017 at Sebring Assisted Living in Madison. 

She was born in Madison, WI, the daughter of John C. and Eleanor (Hicks) Harrington. Jane was a member of St. Raphael Cathedral from birth until March of 2005 when she was graciously welcomed by St. Maria Goretti Parish.  She attended St. Raphael Grade School, Edgewood High School and Groves-Barnhart Business College.  She married the love of her life, Philip Joseph Statz, on June 14, 1941 at St. Raphael Cathedral.  During WWII Jane was a nurse’s aide at Meriter hospital in Madison.  She then worked for the State of Wisconsin Department of Transportation for 40 years.

Jane was a member of the Elks Auxiliary from inception, Catholic Women’s Club and St. Raphael’s Alter Society.  She had early childhood friends, “the sandbox girls”, who stayed friends her entire life.  Jane enjoyed traveling with her husband and daughter, especially to Ireland, Luxemburg, Hawaii and Spain. She loved making Christmas cookies with her grandkids.  She found great joy in doing crosswords, cryptoquotes and her ceramics.

Jane is survived by her daughter, Jane (George) Gilkey; grandchildren, George Scott Gilkey and Kathryn (Peter) Cosgrove; great-grandchildren, James Robert and Katelyn Colleen Cosgrove; sister-in-law, Lois Statz; two special nephews, James (Sandra) Hoge of Albuquerque, NM and Steven (Sue) Harrington of Madison, WI; and many loving nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Philip Statz; her parents, John and Eleanor Harrington; brother, John (Thelma) Harrington; and sister, Maxine (Howard) Hoge.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11am on Thursday, December 14, 2017 at ST. MARIA GORETTI CATHOLIC CHURCH, 5313 Flad Ave, with Fr. Robert Evenson presiding.  Visitation will take place at the church from 9:30am until the time of service.  Entombment will follow the service at Resurrection Cemetery.

The family would like to thank Coventry Village, Brookline, Sebring Assisted Living and Agrace Hospice for their wonderful care. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made for mass intentions or to a charity of your choice. To view and sign this guestbook, please visit:

Joyce-Ryan Funeral Home & Cremation Services

5701 Odana Road


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