Mary Jane (Demro) Klein, of Waunakee passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 19, 2022, two days after her 86th birthday. Mary Jane was born on July 17, 1936 in Goodman, Wisconsin to Glenford (Chic) and Myrtle (Flentji) Demro. Mary Jane spent her younger years living in various towns like Goodman, Wisconsin and Merrimac, Wisconsin. After many moves, her parents finally settled in Monona, Wisconsin on Pirate Island. She attended Madison East High School, and she played trumpet in the marching band. Mary Jane graduated from Madison East High in 1954. Mary Jane enjoyed playing softball, as the catcher, for the Yahara Fisherman for many years.
Mary Jane retired from Forest Products Laboratory (FPL) in 1992, after working there for 36 years, in Research Support Services. During her high school years, Mary Jane worked at the Majestic Theatre as an Usher.
Mary Jane enjoyed her retirement, and kept very busy. She enjoyed being with her family and friends, gardening, bowling, golfing, doing crossword puzzles, pitching horseshoes, crocheting, knitting, traveling (enjoyed cruises), and playing Cribbage. She also enjoyed watching Wheel of Fortune. It was best to never call her while the show was on! Mary Jane was also an avid Packers fan and enjoyed NASCAR. Mary Jane spent quality time with her neighbors, playing cards (poker), watching Packer games, having potlucks and Donut/coffee Thursdays.
Mary Jane is survived by her three children, Dale (Lori) Klein of Fitchburg, Wisconsin, Kenneth (Jeannine) Klein of Oxford, Wisconsin, and Valerie (Glen) Jakusz of Madison, Wisconsin. Mary Jane has eight grandchildren, Jason (Kim) Klein, Daniel (Andrea) Klein, Eric Klein, Kaitlyn Klein, Alyxandria Klein, Carl (Kiara) Klein, Patricia (Spencer) Grindle, and Jamie Jakusz (Trevor); and five great-grandchildren, Wyatt, Troy, Calen, William and Johnathan. Mary Jane is further survived by her youngest brother, Howard Demro; and many nephews and nieces.
Mary Jane is preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Glenford (Chic) Demro, Jr., Ronald Demro; and two sisters, Rose Marie Rossing, Shirley Demro (at birth). She is also preceded in death by Eugene Klein.
Funeral services will be held on Monday July 25, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at St John’s Catholic Church, 209 South St in Waunakee. Msgr. James Gunn will officiate. Friends may call at the church on Monday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services. Burial will take place at Roselawn Cemetery in Madison. The Mass will be livestreamed on St John’s website: STJB.org
Mary Jane’s family would like to thank all of the staff at St. Mary’s (SSM) Hospital for the compassion and kindness she received.
Winn-Cress Funeral Home
5785 Hwy Q, Waunakee