Mary Jane McCabe
Mary Jane McCabe

Mary Jane McCabe, 88, of Mabel, died unexpectedly Monday, Dec. 3, 2012.

She was born May 9, 1924, in Ridgeway, Iowa, to Thomas and Elizabeth (McCormick) McConnell. She attended country school and then Cresco High School.

On Jan. 10, 1942, she married Leonard McCabe in Bluffton, Iowa. They farmed in the Coldwater area for a short time before moving to the Amherst area and then Mabel area where she helped with the chores and milking the cows by hand. In 1966, they moved into Mabel. She also worked at Control Data in Spring Grove and Rush Products in Rushford, and then at the Green Lea Manor Nursing Home in Mabel for 24 years as a nurses aid. Mr. McCabe died May 19, 1986.

She was a member of the St.Olaf Catholic Church in Mabel and enjoyed keeping up on current events through the newspaper, watching and listening to sporting events, crocheting, knitting, and most of all, visiting with family and friends.

She is survived by seven children: Darrell, (Doris) of Lanesboro, Dennis (Cindi) of Roland, Iowa, Loren (Barb) of Mabel, Mark (Gloria Moen) of Harmony, Dave (Sonia) of Chatfield, Marcia (Richard) Larson of Mabel and Susie (Gary) Morken of Mabel; 22 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and a brother, Francis McConnell.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Leonard; four brothers, Edward, Lucian, Roger and Jimmy; and two grandchildren, Nicki Majerus and Rick Larson.

A funeral mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8, at the St. Olaf Catholic Church in Mabel with the Rev. Shawn Haremza officiating. Burial will be in the Mabel Public Cemetery.

Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday at the St. Olaf Catholic Church in Mabel and one hour prior to services at the church.

Mengis Funeral Home in Mabel is assisting with arrangements.