Mary Jane Pepin, 83, Escanaba, passed away on Thursday, January 8, 2015 at Bishop Noa Home, where she has resided since 2009.
She was born on October 22, 1931 in Lake Linden, MI, daughter to Joseph “Zoel” and Marie “Parmelia” (Codere) Pepin. Mary Jane graduated high school in Lake Linden.
At a young age, Mary Jane graciously set aside her career to assist her brother, Laurence in raising his two infant daughters. She was so much more than an aunt to her nieces, Jackie and Brenda. She was their mother in every way.
In 1968, Mary Jane moved to Escanaba where she helped as a housekeeper and did secretarial work for St. Patrick Church and the school where her brother, Very Reverend James Pepin was affiliated. Following his death in 1989, she worked as a dietary assistant at Bishop Noa Home until her retirement.
Mary Jane loved music, walking, cooking, polka dancing and just keeping busy. She was an independent lady with a warm giving heart and a contagious laugh.
She was a past member of St. Joseph and St. Patrick Church. While residing at Bishop Noa Home, she enjoyed attending mass there.
Among survivors include her two nieces, Brenda LaCount and Jackie St. Cyr both of Escanaba; and Tracy LaCount of Escanaba, who was very dear to her and like a nephew.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Laurence, Hubert and Very Reverend James Pepin; and two nephews, Steven and Dean Alfred Pepin.
Private services will be held at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, messages of condolence may be directed to Mary Jane’s niece, Brenda LaCount, 416 S. 10th St., Escanaba, MI 49829.
The Crawford Funeral Homes are assisting the family of Mary Jane Pepin.