Mary Jane was born on Sept. 26, 1929, to the late George and Matilda (Block) Artman in Minden City.
Mary Jane is survived by her five children, fourteen grandchildren and seventeen great grandchildren; son Bernard Jr. “BJ” Warchuck and his wife Kathy, son Joseph, daughter Shelly(Matt) O’Boyle his grandchildren Brixton and Scarlett O’Boyle; her son Michael Warchuck, daughter April Lynn (Ken) Snyder, son Richard “Richie” (Emily) Warchuck, daughter Julianne Warchuck, daughter Mary Elizabeth (Cormac) Lynn and son Paul Warchuck his grandchildren Alyssa, Nathan, Isabelle Snyder; Rebecca, Connor, Andrew, Elizabeth and Anna Lynn ;her daughter Janet “Jan” her husband Doug Konetchy, son Robert F. Henige III (Lindsay), son David (Kaitlin) Konetchy her grandchildren Lessa Henige; Lilly, Maddie Konetchy; her son David his wife Ann Warchuck, daughter Patricia (Joshua) Burk, daughter Paula (John) Dressler, son Patrick Warchuck, daughter Pamela (Nathan) Villella his grandchildren Joshua Burk; Landon and Dean Villella; her son Bob his wife Cherie Warchuck, son Bobby Jr (Taylor) Warchuck his granddaughter Henley Warchuck.
Two cherished sisters Annabell Seidl of Port Huron, Mi. and Phyllis Sadro of Riverside, Ca. Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends to cherish her memory.
Mary Jane was preceded in death by her first husband Bernard J Warchuck Sr. her beloved infant daughter "Joanie" Joan Marie and her second husband Stephen Hook.
In 1950 Mary Jane married Bernard Warchuck Sr from Minden City, Mi. They remained in the Thumb area for ten years before relocating to Detroit, Mi. After Bernard’s sudden death in 1972, she continued to live in the Detroit area. Mary Jane and Steve were married in Sept of 1992. They moved to Hale Mi. where she was active in the Women's Auxiliary of VFW Post 7435 rising to the position of First Vice; the Red Hat Society, the local FISH resale store and St. Pius Catholic Church. In 2009 she relocated to Vassar Mi. and lived with her son Michael. Using Vassar as her home base Mary Jane traveled far and wide to visit friends, family, grandchildren and great-grandchildren in Alaska, Florida, Kansas, and North Carolina. She also took many trips back to Hale to visit friends and Macomb County to visit her son, grandchildren, and great- grandchildren. She looked forward to attending the “MAMA RUTH” Chicken Dinner every chance she had.
Mary Jane permanently relocated to Waxhaw, North Carolina in 2019 after her surprise 90th birthday celebration in Michigan, which was attended by friends and family. In Waxhaw, she lived with her daughter Janet and her husband Doug. Together they provided a safe, caring, and loving environment for her care. She suffered with memory issues and gradually required constant in-home care. Mary Jane passed into Jesus’ arms in the early hours of July 23, 2022, at the home of her daughter.
In the days prior to her death; BJ, Mike, Dave, and Bob joined Janet and Doug at their home in Waxhaw; everyone was able to spend precious time with her. It was special that all of her children had the ability to hug, tell stories and even shed some tears as her time was getting near.
Mary Jane always talked fondly of her wonderful childhood growing up on the “Artman Farm”, surrounded by many aunts and uncles. Her days were carefree, playing and doing her chores; heck not everyone could walk the ducklings down to the pond. Mary Jane was a devoted Catholic, fierce protector of her children and their families. When asked who was her favorite she would reply with a smile: “Who’s ever house she was at”.
Mass of Christian burial will be 11:00 am, Saturday, August 20 at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Holy Apostles Parish in Ruth. Rev. Robert Kelm, pastor, will officiate. She will be laid to rest in the church cemetery.
Visitation will be at the Zinger-Smigielski Funeral Home in Ubly on Friday, August 19 from 3:00-8:00 p.m. and Saturday at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church from 10:00-10:45 a.m.
Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Mary Jane Warchuck - Hook to:
New Testament Adult Center, 2603 Goldmine Rd., Monroe, North Carolina 28110
Hospice and Palliative Care; Charlotte Region, P.O. Box 470408., Charlotte, North Carolina 28247, St. Peter and St Paul Catholic Church, 7115 E Atwater Rd., Ruth, MI 48470.