Mary Ellen McNamara

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Mary Ellen McNamara, 95, of Prairie du Chien and formerly of Ferryville, passed away on Friday, Feb. 6, 2015, surrounded by her family at Prairie Maison Nursing Home. 

She was born on July 31, 1919, to Albert and Mary Jane (Dagnon) Scoville at St. Ann’s Hospital in La Crosse. She attended grade school in Ferryville and at St. Gabriel’s in Prairie du Chien. She graduated from Prairie du Chien High School with the Class of 1937. Mary also attended nurses training at St. Francis School of Nursing in La Crosse. On Sept. 17, 1942, she married Joseph McNamara in Rising Sun. Mary worked for the La Crosse Garment Company and Northern Engraving in Lansing, Iowa. She belonged to Sacred Heart Parish and Sacred Heart Altar Society. Presently, she was a member of St. Gabriel’s in Prairie du Chien. Mary also belonged to the Never Grow Old Club in Ferryville. She enjoyed the Green Bay Packers and loved to play cards with family and friends.

Mary is survived by four daughters, Joan (Charles) Kohlhaas, Patsy (Don) McGuire, Rita (John) Crowley, and Mary Ann Mellem; 11 grandchildren, Robby (Amy) Anderson, Marcus (Jodi) Anderson, Michael McGuire, Kathleen (Troy) Krachey, Shane (Misty) Crowley, Michele (Joe) McCabe, Lucas (Shannon) Mellem, Jamie (Natalie) Mellem, Molly Mellem, Maggie (Jon) Payne, and Cassandra Mellem; 18 great-grandchildren; brother-in-law, Frank (Beverly) McNamara; sister-in-law, Marie McNamara; several nieces, nephews and many cousins.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph; granddaughter, Lauri Anderson; son-in-law, Robert L. Anderson; eight brothers and two sisters.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, at 11 a.m. at St. Gabriel’s Catholic Church in Prairie du Chien. Fr. James Weighner will celebrate the Mass with burial in the St. James Catholic Cemetery at Rising Sun. A visitation will be held at the church on Wednesday, one hour prior to the Mass.

In lieu of flowers or plants, memorials may be given to St. Gabriel’s Catholic Church or school. Online condolences may be offered at The Vosseteig-Larson Funeral Home of DeSoto is serving the family.

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