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Obituary for Mary Jane Randolph


Mary Jane Randolph 89, of La Crosse, passed away August 24, 2019. Mary Jane was born in Chicago on August 14, 1930 to Jane (Bement) and Alford Penniman. She grew up in Chicago and Rockford Illinois, 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 on 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-grand children: 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 11:00 am, Saturday, September 21, 2019 at Christ Episcopal Church, 111 9th Street, La Crosse. Rev. Kathleen Charles will officiate. Private family burial will be at a later date. A visitation will be held at 9:30 a.m. at the church until the time of service. “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.