Mary Evelyn (Groh) Kann

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Mary Evelyn (Groh) Kann, 90, went to be with Our Lord on Friday, Jan. 5, 2018, at Prairie Maison Nursing Home, where she had been a well-loved resident since 2015. 


Born Dec. 24, 1927, the daughter of Elmer and Margaret (Brophy) Groh, she grew up in Rising Sun. She attended Edgewood College in Madison before having to return home after the death of her mother, later running Finley’s General Store for several years. She met Walter Kann, of Glen Haven, and they were united in marriage on Jan. 17, 1959, at St. James Church, and built a life raising a family and working together on the family farm just outside of Glen Haven. 


Mary also had worked several years in Cassville, as both a waitress and machine operator in a local factory. They retired from the farm in 1982 and moved to Prairie du Chien, where Mary volunteered at St. John’s Catholic Church by decorating the church alter for various holidays and leading the prayer chain. She also recycled greeting cards for shut-ins and worked at the local polls.


She was a devoted wife, mother, friend to many and keeper of her Catholic faith. She was known for always giving, doing and being concerned for others and having a great sense of humor. During the farm years, she enjoyed her garden and the canning and freezing that went along with it. But she always loved to play cards, bake pies and entertain guests. 


She is survived by son Mark Kann of St. Louis, Mo.; daughters Nola Karim (Aziz), of Sedro-Woolley, Wash., and Linda Bull, of Platteville; granddaughters Trista Reuter (Richie), of Hammond, Chealsey Steffan (Matthew), of Platteville, and Jenna Karim, of San Jose, Calif.; grandson Shakil Karim, of San Francisco; great-grandchildren Ryan, Lucylle, Zoey and Ely; and nephew Daniel Groh, of Rising Sun. 


She was preceded in death by her husband Walter; parents Elmer and Margaret; brother and sister-in-law William and Lorraine Groh; and son-in-law Charles Bull, of Platteville. She will be missed by all that knew her.


A Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday, Jan. 11, at 11 a.m., at St. John’s Church of the Holy Family Parish in Prairie du Chien, Rev. James Weighner officiating, with burial in the Gockel Cemetery in Glen Haven. Friends may call on Wednesday, Jan. 10, from 4 to 7 p.m., at the Garrity funeral Home in Prairie du Chien where there will be a rosary at 4 p.m. 


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