Mary Jane Avery, longtime Post Lake resident, died Monday, April 11, 2016 at Country Terrace of Wisconsin in Rhinelander. She was 93 years old. She was born on February 8, 1923 in Antigo, a daughter of Donald and Florence (Gremminger) McPhail. She married John Avery on June 11, 1943 in New York City. He preceded her in death on July 5, 1999.
She was a graduate of Antigo High School with the class of 1942.
Following marriage Mary Jane and John lived in California where she worked at McDonnell Douglas Aircraft manufacturing. The couple raised their family in the Pewaukee Lake area & Wauwatosa where Mary Jane worked at Ideals Christmas Catalog and Marshall Fields department store. In 1982 they moved to Post Lake.
Mary Jane was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution-Nokomis Chapter, and The National Society Colonial Dames XVII Century.
Survivors include two sons, John (Karen) Avery of Los Alamitos, CA, Jeffrey (Harriet) Avery of Post Lake; four grandchildren, Jeffrey M (Renee) Avery, Elizabeth L (Dan) Merfeld, John M (Jennifer) Avery, Molly (Matt) Steele; six great-grandchild, Berkley, Carter, Noah, June, Emma, John D; two sisters, Lois (Don) Limer of Sussex, Sharon (Ray) Hoffman of Brookfield.
In addition to her husband and parents she was preceded in death by three brothers, Robert, Donald, and Roland McPhail.
A funeral service will be held on April 23 at 11 a.m. at Bradley Funeral Home with Rev. Dana Schindler. Burial will take place in Antigo Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday April 22 from 4 to 7p.m. and again on Saturday one hour prior to the services at the funeral home.
In Lieu of Flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Elcho Food Pantry, 11224 Antigo Street, Elcho, WI 54428.