Mary Jane Baer, 86, of David City, died Sunday, November 14, 2021, at her home
Mass will be live streamed on Kracl Funeral Chapel Facebook Page
Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, November 20, 2021, 10:00 A.M.
St. Mary's Catholic Church, David City Rev.Jay Buhman, Celebrant
Visitation Friday 5-7 with a 7 P.M. Rosary for the Parish and PCCW both at Kracl Funeral Chapel, David City
Visitation Saturday 9-10:00 A.M. at the church
Committal at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery
Lunch following at Winfields
Memorials to Aquinas High or Butler County Senior Center
Mary Jane Baer (86) passed away at her home on November 14, 2021 with her family at her side. She was born in Wahoo, Nebraska on January 3, 1935 to George and Marie (Komenda) Skokan. In 1952 she graduated from Weston High School where she excelled in volleyball and softball. She was united in marriage to Robert (Bob) Baer on April 18, 1953 at St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church in Weston, NE. They made their home in David City where they raised their four children Sharon, Wayne, Marilyn and Tom.
Mary Jane was employed by the David City Banner Press as a secretary and typesetter for 25 years. She later retired from the Butler County Sheriff’s Dept. where she served as bookkeeper and dispatcher for 20 years. She was a dynamic force within the dept. and highly respected by law enforcement officials.
In her early years Mary Jane enjoyed fishing, golfing and a rousing game of pitch.She also loved gardening, baking, and canning. She took great pride in her garden and her family lovingly called her the “Tomato Queen”. She also baked countless loaves of delicious zucchini bread for her family and friends. Her steakettes on Christmas Eve were a family favorite. Nobody could make them as good as grandma! She attended many sporting events and school activities always cheering for her grandchildren. She was a loyal Husker fan and loved watching football and volleyball on TV with her family. Mary Jane was a member of St. Mary’s PCCW, the VFW Auxiliary, the Red Hat Society and served as Den Mother for the Boy Scouts of America. Mary Jane’s family, friends, neighbors and co-workers knew her to be independent, outspoken, dedicated and feisty.
She is survived by sons Wayne (Sue) Baer of Columbus; Tom (Angela Krafka) of David City; daughters Sharon (Dan) Danaher of Lincoln; Marilyn (Reese) Stanley of San Antonio, TX; Grandchildren Jill (Chris) Denker, Jessie Danaher, Rob (Melodee) Baer, Sara (Tobin) Wyatt, Kelsey, Kolby, & Kurtis Baer; Great-Grandchildren Liam & Liv Denker, Gavin Wyatt, Nash Baer, Abel Johnson; sister Betty Zahourek; nieces, nephews and cousins. Special family members also include step-grandchildren Tyler Schmitt, Cody, Chase & Sammi Krafka, Dane & Ashley Johnson.
She was preceded in death by her parents, beloved husband Bob Baer, sister & brother-in-law Georgia & Ivan Rerucha, brother-in-law Ray Zahourek, sister-in-law Doris (Joe) Mergl, father & mother-in-law Nicholas & Margaret Baer.