August 29, 1934 - February 27, 2018


28Mass of Christian Burial will be at 2PM on Friday, March 2, 2018 at the Good Shepherd Community Chapel, Sauk Rapids for Mary Jane Pitschka, age 83, of Sauk Rapids who passed away peacefully on Tuesday at the Good Shepherd Community in Sauk Rapids. Rev. Ralph Zimmerman will officiate and burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery. Visitation will be two hours prior to the service at the Good Shepherd Communtiy Chapel, Sauk Rapids. Arrangements have been entrusted to Williams Dingmann Funeral Home, St. Cloud.

Mary Jane was born August 29, 1934 in St. Cloud to Carl and Veronica (Schillo) Anderson. She was a 1953 graduate of Tech High School in St. Cloud. Mary Jane married Bryant C. Pitschka on September 30, 1961 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Waite Park. She worked in child care owning her own daycare for over 20 years. Mary Jane is a past member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church, and currently a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sauk Rapids. Mary Jane walked strongly in her faith and raised her children with traditional values. She was also a member of Service Club for the Handicap. Mary Jane enjoyed playing cards, bingo, classic country music. She also loved spending quality time with her family; whether picnicking in the park or watching parades on a hot summer day. Mary Jane truly loved her family beyond words. She was selfless, hardworking, unassuming, practical, and loved unconditionally. Mary Jane was an excellent wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother; she set a great example of what a mother should be. She will be dearly missed by all who knew her.

Mary Jane is survived by her children, Selma (Craig) Cameron of St. Cloud, Carla (Wayne Longwell) Lien of St. Cloud, Michael of Alexandria, Ann (Mark) Kramer of Bowlus; 10 grandchildren; and 11 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Bryant; brother, John Mertes; granddaughters, Amber Pitschka, Andianna Pitschka; and grandson, Ross Cameron.