Mary Elizabeth Watgen

Mass of Christian Burial for Mary Elizabeth Watgen, 89, Lawrence will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, January 31, 2014 at Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Lawrence. Burial will be held 11:00 a.m. Monday, February 3, 2014 at All Saints Catholic Cemetery in Des Plaines, Illinois. Mary died Monday, January 27, 2014 at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Mary was born August 8, 1924 in Evanston, IL the daughter of Emil and Florence (Rogers) Perkowitz.

She was an accountant for Allstate Insurance. Mary was an active member of Corpus Christi Catholic Church, she also served as a Eucharistic Minister. Mary enjoyed other memberships which included Welcome Wagon, Forever Young Group and Chat and Stitch.

She married Anthony M. Watgen on May 8, 1948 in Evanston, Illinois. He preceded her in death on July 12, 2000.

Survivors include one daughter, Grace Orosz, Staten Island, New York; two sons, Peter Watgen, Tom Watgen, both of Lawrence, Kansas; two grandsons; Collin A. Watgen and Thomas A. Watgen. She was preceded in death by her brothers Roger Perkowitz, John Perkowitz, and her daughter-in-law, Heather Watgen.

The family will greet friends from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Thursday, January 30, 2014 at Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence.

The family suggests memorials in her name to Corpus Christi Catholic Church and may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary.

7 Condolences

  1. dona gallagher on January 28, 2014 at 8:06 am

    Dear, dear Mary..our acquaintance was brief but your positive influence pb your family & friends is oh so obvious. May you rest in peace.

  2. Tina Butler on January 28, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    Heaven has gained a beautiful angel. She will be missed by all. Tom, Collin, Tommy, Grace & Peter – your strength and love as a family is wonderful and I know Mary is smiling down upon all of you. I’m with you in spirit! Hugs! Tina

  3. Jen & Jerry Frank on January 28, 2014 at 8:58 pm

    Tom and family, we’re so sorry for your loss. We never saw her without a smile on her face, and she was so proud of her children and grandchildren. We will remember her as a very sweet lady. Hugs from the Franks.

  4. Gay Flynn and John Kelly on January 29, 2014 at 10:39 am

    Mary was a lovely neighbor and fellow Chicagoan of my husband John. She would stroll past our yard and I would see the two of them talking on the sidewalk. She will be missed, Gay and John.

  5. Margaret Schutz on January 29, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    Mary was one of the angels among us in this life. She often brought communion to Brandon Woods for my mother and would stay and visit with her. She brighten our days with her visits and we felt blessed to have known her. My sincere condolences for your loss of one so loved.

  6. Arlene & Ed Herbough on January 29, 2014 at 5:15 pm

    We are sending love & prayers to the family, & friends who have felt loss with Mary’s passing. Mary was our friend Grace’s mom & we are aware through experience that Mom is always missed & always remembered. Our hearts are with you. Love & friendship, Peace to all,
    Arlene & Ed

  7. Marie Potter on January 31, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    Mary was such a joy to be with. I met her at Corpus Christi Church and immediately liked her, she was so cheerful, kind and always had that impish look in her eyes. I always enjoyed visiting with her and sharing laughs. She came over to my house to see my Christmas trees and decorations and the next thing I knew I was being interviewed by the local TV station and newspaper – she had spread the word on my decorations to the media. Our church community will miss her – she is a wonderful angel in heaven.

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