Mary Jane Utech of Morris passed away at the age of 91 on Sunday, September 9th at the Stevens Community Medical Center in Morris.
Funeral services for Mary Jane Utech of Morris, MN will be Monday, September 17, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. at First Lutheran Church in Morris, MN, with Reverend Dan Belgum-Blad officiating. Visitation will be Sunday from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris and for one hour prior to services at the church on Monday. Burial will be in Summit Cemetery in Morris.
Mary Jane Christensen, daughter of Orvin and Erna (Jensen) Christensen was born on April 20, 1927 in Cottonwood County, Windom, Minnesota, where she grew up and attended school at String Lake School District. Mary Jane attended Mankato Beauty School in Mankato, Minnesota and was a hairdresser in Heron Lake for several years. She was united in marriage to Stanley Utech on November 24, 1949 in Heron Lake, Minnesota. The couple made their home and farmed near Heron Lake until 1955, then the family moved to Morris, Minnesota to continue to farm. Mary Jane stayed at home to raise their 7 children and kept the farm books. In 1977, Mary Jane took a position at Willie’s Red Owl, working as a store clerk until her retirement. Stanley died on December 24, 1994. Mary Jane continued to live on the farm until her time of death.
She was a member of First Lutheran Church, Merry Homemakers Club and the V.F.W. Auxiliary. Mary Jane enjoyed crocheting, knitting, quilt making, and traveling with family throughout the U.S. She will be remembered for her baking and cooking; Mary Jane just by chance would have her children and grandchildren’s favorite cookies on hand when visiting.
Survivors of Mary Jane Utech include her children: Pamela (Brad) Schultz of Lindstrom, Janet Utech of Minneapolis, Terry (Jody Siemens) Utech of Hancock, LuAnn (James) Gades of Wolverton, Richard (Lenie) Utech of Chugiak, Alaska, Mitzy (Jack) Murphy of Graceville and Julie (Richard) Utech-Galligan of Shakaopee; 12 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; siblings: June Richardson, Joyce Wilkin, Arthur Christensen and Doris Anschutz all of Windom; sisters-in-law: Sally Utech of Morris and Marlene Utech of Plymouth and many nieces and nephews.