Juanita DeMary, 95

Oak Park resident

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Juanita H. DeMary (nee Wrkich), 95, of Oak Park, formerly of Green Bay, Wisconsin, died peacefully on May 9, 2017. Born in St. Louis, Missouri, she attended Cleveland High School. She met her husband, Russell C. DeMary, in 1944, and they were happily married for 55 years until his death in 1999. She was associated with several Masonic organizations, including many years with Job's Daughters of Wisconsin. She was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church in Green Bay and of P.E.O. (Chapter CM in Green Bay and Chapter CO in Oak Park). 

She and Jim lived in many different places and loved traveling together. In her later years, she moved to Oak Park where she was active in her new community, Brookdale Holley Court. There she enjoyed crossword puzzles and watching her grandson grow up. 

Juanita DeMary was the mother of Suzanne Keehne, Michele (Lee Fortier) DeMary, and Kimberly (companion Dan "Smitty" Smith) Brown; the grandmother of Angela Swarthout, Nicole Owens and Andrew Brown; the great-grandmother of Olivia Pearson; the aunt of Gail (Oscar) Harper and their sons, Mike Harper and Mark Harper. She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents, Frank and Rhoda Wrkich; her sister, Frances (Penny) Hitchings; and her nephew, Dennis Doerner. 

Celebrations and remembrances of her life will be held on Thursday, July 27 from 3 until 8 p.m. at Johnson's Funeral Home, 3847 Prairie Ave. in Brookfield and on July 29 at First Presbyterian Church in Green Bay. 

In lieu of flowers, the family appreciates donations to the First Presbyterian Church, 200 S. Ashland Ave. in Green Bay, 54303 or to the P.E.O. Foundation, 3700 Grand Ave. in Des Moines, Iowa 50312 or to a Masonic organization of your choice.

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