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Mary Jane Randolph

August 14, 1930 - August 24, 2019

Mary Jane Randolph Mary Jane Randolph
Mary Jane Randolph 89, of La Crosse passed away Aug. 24, 2019. Mary Jane was born in Chicago, Aug. 14, 1930, to Jane (Bement) and Alford Penniman.
She grew up in Chicago and Rockford, Ill., graduating from Rockford West High School 1947. She then attended Hiram College, Ohio. She was a proud member of the Rockford College class of 1951. A chance meeting in Adams Hall Rockford College over Thanksgiving Holiday in 1949, with a student from the University of Illinois, led to a lifetime of love, family and adventure. She became an Army wife, after her marriage to Burleigh Randolph, June 7, 1952, separated by only a year of awaiting his return from Korea. It was tough enough being the wife of a lawyer; never the less, Mary Jane made her mark upon this community by volunteering, most notably with the Girl Scouts, at one time Chair of the Board of Directors of the Riverland Girl Scout Council. Her list of other contributions would include an endless list of unselfish causes, but should name her as one of the founders of the Art Fair on the Green, now in its 61st year.
She is survived by her husband of 67 years, Burleigh; their sons, Burleigh David (Lynnea), Quentin (Barbara), and Christopher (Karen); grandchildren, Benjamin (Jennifer), Stephen, Hannah, Michelle, Jeremiah, Timothy and Lucien; three great-grandchildren, Nyomi, Riley and Halsey; her brother, Alford Rudgers (Judith) Penniman; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; and tragically by an infant son, Matthew.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, at Christ Episcopal Church, 111 Ninth St., La Crosse. The Rev. Kathleen Charles will officiate. Private family burial will be at a later date.
"Thanks to the grace and mercy of God, she was sent to brighten all of our lives. And so now, she has returned to his arms."
Arrangements are in the hands of Jandt-Fredrickson Funeral Homes and Crematory, Woodruff Chapel, La Crosse. In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to be directed to a charity of the donor's choice. To plant a tree in memory of Mary Jane Randolph, please visit Tribute Store.
Published on September 1, 2019
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Terry and Karolyn Collins
Sep 22, 2019
Our deepest condolences go out to Burleigh and family. We knew Burleigh,and and Mary Jane through our connections in the LaCrosse legal community and our interest in World War I and especially the Battle of Verdun. She was a wonderful person who enjoyed a hearty laugh. We shall miss her.
Lori Knepple Tate
Sep 09, 2019
What a wonderful group of women – our moms and others were friends for probably 50+ years. My heart goes out to all of you. Always loving our mothers!
Mario and Angela Beckles
Sep 07, 2019
I Thessalonians 4: 13-18:

"1Th 4:13  But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. 

1Th 4:14  For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus. 

1Th 4:15  For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. 

1Th 4:16  For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 

1Th 4:17  Then we who are alive and remain shall be caug
...ht up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. 

1Th 4:18  Therefore comfort one another with these words."
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Kurt Schroeder
Sep 03, 2019
We were next-door neighbors to Burleigh and Mary Jane on Losey Blvd. They were wonderful neighbors and Mary Jane was like a bonus grandmother to our two daughters. She was always so kind and enthusiastic about the activities in the back yard and alley. Fond memories! My condolences to Burleigh and the whole family.
Kurt Schroeder