THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Mary Lou Bancroft
Issue Date: May 22, 2019
Mary Lou Bancroft earned her angel wings on Thursday, May 16, 2019.
She was born in Marinette WI on August 30, 1942 to Benjamin and Beatrice (Anderson) Kirt. She was the youngest of six siblings. She married Eugene Bancroft, the love of her life, on July 22, 1961. They resided in Peshtigo for their 58 years together. After High School, Mary Lou started her Banking career at the Peshtigo State Bank. She retired many years later from Tom Joy & Son Trucking.
Besides her husband, she is survived by their two children Maureen (Daryl) Joy of Peshtigo and Kurt (Sherry) Bancroft of Greenville SC.; Her grandchildren, Jonathan Page of Easle SC, Crystal (Scott) Johnson of Green Bay, Lacey (Tom) Padgett of Lebanon IN, Michael Joy of Pound, Christopher Bancroft of Greenville SC, and Victoria (Olivia) Wilcroft of San Diego CA.; Her great-grandchildren, Taylor and Connor Johnson of Green Bay WI., Emily, Stella & William Padgett of Lebanon IN and Nova Wilcroft of San Diego CA. She was also survived by three siblings, Ione Bloch of Marinette, Virginia Schlenvogt of Stephenson MI and John Kirt of Marinette.
She was proceeded in death by her parents; parents-in-law; a brother, Pete Kirt; a sister, Jeanne Schirmer and her beloved grandson, Benjamin Joy (her Benny).
Above all else, Mary Lou loved her family. She will always be remembered for her great big hugs and warm kisses. Not only was she Grandma to her 7 grandchildren, many of their friends considered her an adopted Grandma as well. Eugene and Mary Lou played Dartball for years at Equity and Mary Lou was the score-keeper. She will be greatly missed by their Dartball Family.
Throughout their retirement, Eugene and Mary Lou also enjoyed visiting the Wisconsin casinos and met many busloads of friends along the way.
Her grandchildren loved to visit her at the bank and always left with a lipstick kiss mark to show of their visit. They didn't need to be doing anything special for it to be a special time with Grams. Even in the hardest times, there were always many laughs being had. She was always her family's biggest cheerleader and they know she will continue that in spirit. Mary Lou has made sure that all future generations are well-covered in the Tupperware Department.
The family wishes to thank Dr Hamden, The Cancer Care Center of Marinette and the Unity Hospice staff for all their help over the past year.