Mary Jane Fowler of Brewster, NY, passed away Saturday Jan. 26, 2019, at Westchester Medical Center with her family at her side at the age of 95.
She was born Oct. 25, 1923, in South Bend, IN, daughter of the late Walter and Blanch (Napieralski) Wegenka. Mary Jane graduated from St. Stanislaus High School in South Bend in 1942. She served with the United States Marine Corps from 1942 to 1946. After her discharge from the Marines she married Irving E. Fowler of Carmel, NY at St. Catherine of Sienna Church in New York City. In 1964 they moved to Brewster, NY. Mary Jane worked as a teacher’s aide for WARC in Katonah for 22 years before she retired. She was a member of St. Lawrence O’Toole Church in Brewster, a volunteer for Putnam Hospital Center for 30 years, spending most of her time at the Eagle Eye Thrift Shop in Brewster. She volunteered at the Office for the Aging and was a life member of the Putnam Marine Corps League.
Her husband Irving predeceased her in 1988. She is survived by her son Kenneth Fowler and his wife Amy of Brewster, NY, daughters Barbara Hoeper and her husband Paul of Arlington, VA, and Patricia Fowler of Summit, NY, and two grandchildren, Jeffrey Lawrence and Patrick Hoeper. Mary Jane was predeceased by her siblings Rita Csenar, Pat Laskowski, Chester Wegenka, Bob Wegenka, Daniel Wegenka, Walter Wegenka and Frank Wegenka.
A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Wednesday Jan. 30, 2019, at St. Lawrence O’Toole Church in Brewster, NY, at 10 am. The interment will take place at the convenience of the family. Calling hours will be held on Tuesday Jan. 29, 2019, from 3 pm to 7 pm at the Beecher Funeral Home, 1 Putnam Ave., Brewster, NY.
In Lieu of flowers contributions in Mary Jane’s memory may be made to Putnam Hospital Center, 670 Stoneleigh Ave., Carmel, NY 10512.