Mary Jane Boleyn

Mary Jane F. Boleyn (Markus)

Tuesday, October 4th, 1927 - Friday, October 11th, 2019
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Mary Jane F. Boleyn, 92, of Oak Park Place, and formerly of 1000 Kane St., passed away Friday, October 11, 2019 at MercyOne Medical Center, Dubuque.

Funeral services will be at 12:30 p.m. Friday, October 18, at Holy Ghost Catholic Church, 2921 Central Ave., where friends may greet the family from 10 a.m. until the time of service. Re. Mark Kwenin will officiate. Interment will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Mary Jane was the 2nd oldest of 9 children born to Ben and Clara Markus. She grew up at Massey Station, IA on a farm. She came to Dubuque and met the love of her life, Allen “Bud”, and they were wed in 1946. Together they had 4 children. After losing Bud in 1992 she remained independent.
As a young lady Mary Jane worked at The Pack to earn money to be able to go to the Dubuque Beauty Academy, where she proudly obtained her cosmetology license. Later, she worked at The Battery Factory, Caradco, and waitressed at The Hop. Using her cooking skills, she was also employed by DCSD to work in the cafeteria at both Jones and Senior High schools.

MJ, as those close called her, was a talented and hard worker. She was instrumental in helping build the house her and Bud made home for many years at 1000 Kane St. in Dubuque, and was especially proud of her hardwood floors. Later she used her talents in helping build her and Bud’s cottage at Spruce Harbor near Bellevue.

She was a great cook and home maker. She gardened, canned, sewed, crocheted, and created many items in plastic canvas- which made for great gifts for those lucky enough. MJ claimed that keeping her hands busy helped her to quit smoking. She also liked to play cards, bowl, and bargain shop at the grocery store or discount store. Mary Jane also never missed a Thursday to get her hair done. She was a committed member of Holy Ghost and frequently helped with bingo.

She enjoyed having a beer with family and friends. MJ never met a stranger. She could easily pick up a conversation with anyone and found that she could always find a connection between them.

Mary Jane is survived by her children, Terry (Beth Ames) Boleyn of Dubuque, Bob (Dana) Boleyn of East Dubuque, IL, Dan “Boone” (Carolyn) Boleyn of Dubuque, and Debbie (fiancé Alan Caldwell) of West Union, IA; 10 grandchildren, Doug (Brenda) Boleyn, Sara Boleyn, Kelly (Jason) Howard, Anne Robbins, Lee Boleyn, Scott Boleyn, Jenny (Mike) Vrabel, Brian (Heather) Boleyn, T.J. (Bri) Thies, and Stephanie (fiancé Drew Winegar) Thies; 16 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Dorrance “Buck” (Ida) Markus of the Quad Cities, and Ronnie (Gloria) Markus of Dubuque; one sister, Linda (friend Ron) Takes Davis of Cascade; and one sister-in-law, Marie Boleyn of Dubuque.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; two brothers, Lavern and Ben Markus; two sisters, Gerry Williams and JoAnn Hefel Kremer; and many in-laws.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Mary Jane Boleyn Memorial Fund.

Arrangements are entrusted to Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road, Dubuque.
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Jan Watterss

Posted at 06:09pm
So sorry to hear that Mary Jane passed away. She was a beautiful person and I loved visiting with her. May she Rest In Peace. Jan Watters

Fr. Paul Otting

Posted at 10:34am
Prayers for Mary Jane and family in her honor.
Fr. Paul Otting

Donna & Terry Beresford

Posted at 09:07pm
Mary Jane loved to have fun & a good time...hated to miss out on anything! Spent times at the cabin & in the front porch visiting. RIP! Donna & Terry

Bob and Lourdes

Posted at 07:08pm
You will forever remain in our hearts, “ Momma.”

I was 16 and a sophomore at Wahlert High when I first met MJ. Momma treated me from that day forward as one of her own. To say that I loved her dearly would be the epitome of an understatement. I loved her with all my heart, and always will.

The memories are limitless, and all good. Summers at the cottage, pony beers, BBQs, fishing, Euchre, water skiing and so much more. One memory I’ve held close, until now, goes back to the summer of ‘74. I was deployed down range (US Navy) on a mission in a truly godforsaken place (declassified ‘95). Our team came under heavy fire for in excess of 18 hours. Even began smoking cigarettes that day again in earnest.

We all survived. But upon exfil to our ship I was still shaking. My team leader told me to think of someone that I could pen a letter to, and Momma Boleyn immediately came to mind. So I shared with her my thoughts and feelings on what we’d just survived/accomplished...sans sensitive information.

I never heard back from her, and presumed that she’d not received my letter. Decades later I visited her. She verified that she’d not gotten my letter, but asked that I relate the contents to her.

The better part of an hour and two beers later I finished. In typical MJ fashion Momma stated, “Big G,” you idiot! That was no excuse to start smoking again!” God, I miss you, Momma.

On behalf of my wife, Lourdes (Luly), and myself: rest well, Momma, together with Bud for all eternity. No more pain.

To the Boleyn and Markus families Luly and I extend our deepest and most heartfelt sympathies. You, MJ, were my Momma, too.

Love and God bless,

Big G and Luly


Rick & Patty Kalso

Posted at 05:44pm
We will miss you Mary Jane and treasure the many times we did get to see you at family get togethers at Bob and Dana's for our Mom's birthday parties. You were always interested in catching up with us and our kid's lives as we were with you. You were also always so good to our Mom. Thanks Mary Jane for being a part of our lives too. We will miss you but know you are with all the saints that have gone before you and are at peace.
Love, Rick and Patty Kalso

Judy Sabers Posted at 07:01pm

Terry, Bob, Dan, & Deb~~& families: our sympathy & prayers! We have many good memories! She will be missed! Judy & Bill Sabers

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