Mary Deschryver

Obituary of Mary Jane Deschryver

Mary Jane Deschryver


LANSING – Mary “Jane” Deschryver, born December 13, 1933 in Reed City, MI to Frederick and Florence Morris, died January 3, 2019 at the age of 85 due to complications from Alzheimer’s Disease.  She worked as a secretary for various businesses throughout the Lansing area, retiring from the Diocese of Lansing, Liturgical Commission in 1984 and Oldsmobile in 1996.  She married Joseph R. Deschryver on October 6, 1956 and they spent 62 years together loving and caring for each other.  Together they raised five children:  Mary Jo (Phil) Wippel, Carol (John) Stickney, Janet Herington, Mark (Darr) Deschryver; and Kay (Nick) McCord.  They have 11 grandchildren:  Katie Wippel and Marybeth (Brian) Derks, Sara, Rachel and Daniel Stickney, Joe and Joshua Herington; Sebastian Deschryver; and Chelsea, Hannah (Pier) and Zack McCord.  They also have four great-grandchildren:  Barrett Derks, Lexa Herington, Ellie and Jackson Pier. She is also survived by three brothers:  Joe (Helyne) Morris, Bill (Margie) Morris, and Jim Morris.  Also surviving are sisters-in-law Hilda Deschryver and Rosa Rohlman and brothers-in-law: Donald Houck, Stephen (Mary) Hundt and Jesse Perez.  She was preceded in death by her parents, sisters Helen Lynch and Dorothy Morris, grandson-in-law, Jordan Pier, sisters-in-laws Nancy Morris, Noella Houck, Mary Hundt, Dilly Perez and brothers-in-law Robert Lynch and Ronald Rohlman.  She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.  Jane was a member of St. Gerard Church where she attended 6:30 am mass daily, served as a greeter at Sunday masses and was part of the Woman’s Honor Guard at funeral masses.  Joe and Jane enjoyed many summer vacations packing their five children into an Oldsmobile and driving to various spots around the country.  She enjoyed playing bridge, bowling and crossword puzzles.  After retirement, she and her husband went on several cruises, bus tours and, of course, there wasn’t a casino in northern Michigan they didn’t like!  Jane was a great cook and even published a cookbook “My Favorite Recipes” that she sold at local craft shows.  She enjoyed her weekly coffee and homemade pie or cake with her in-town sisters and brother.  She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.  Visitation will be on Monday, January 7 from 2 – 4 PM and 6 – 8 PM with a rosary at 7 PM at Tiffany Funeral Home 3232 W. Saginaw Hwy, Lansing, MI.  Funeral Liturgy will be at 10:30 AM Tuesday, January 8, at St. Gerard Catholic Church, 4433 W. Willow Hwy, Lansing, Fr. Anthony Strouse and Fr. John Klein officiating, with visitation one hour prior to mass.  Burial will be at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery immediately following the funeral.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Fairview Grand, or Heartland Hospice in her memory.  A special thanks to Joe and Barb Frazier and all the staff at Fairview Grand Manor in Grand Ledge and Tammy and Carianne from Heartland Hospice for their excellent care of mom.  The family is being served by Tiffany Funeral Home.  Friends may visit the guestbook at