THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Mary Jo Young
Mary Jo Maxine Young, 64, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 27 after a courageous battle with mesothelioma.
Born on June 18, 1949, in Oconto, to the late Arthur and Albertha (Lamirande) Young, she attended St. Joseph School (Holy Trinity) and graduated from Oconto High School in 1968. She lived all her life in the area, working at the former Bond Pickle Company for 32 years, Cruiser Yachts, Brothers III and Oconto Schools.
She loved life, celebrating different occasions wearing one of her special hats she created and also loved her small town, and they loved her. A member of Holy Trinity Parish in Oconto, she served funeral luncheons, was a member of Oconto Elks Lodge, a honorary special member of the Grumpy Ole Ladies and the ice fishing group in Trego, Wi. The ladies would ice fish in February and raise money for the Shell Lake Relay for Life remembering special friends and family who lost their life to cancer. She loved visiting the lake and her favorite past time was shopping, especially in Spooner. Her spirit lives on in all of us.
She is survived by a brother, William Young, Green Bay; two sisters, Charlotte Young (special friend Jean Hanson), Trego and Jean Young, Oconto and many nieces, nephews, grand nieces, grand nephews, cousins and countless friends.
She was preceded in death by two brothers, Edward and Gary Young.
The family received relatives and friends at the Gallagher Funeral Home, Oconto from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1 with prayer services by Deacon Walter Kaszynski at 7 p.m., immediately followed by an Oconto Elks Lodge Service. Visitation continued on Monday, Dec. 2 from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Oconto. Rev. Joel Sember officiated with burial in Oconto Catholic Cemetery.