THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Mary R. Ferris
Issue Date: September 6, 2018
Mary (Mitzi) Rose (Horzen) Ferris, 83, passed away Thursday, Aug. 30.
Born March 5, 1935 in Sheboygan, to Frank and Jennie (Menart) Horzen, she was the youngest of four children and attended St. Cyril and Methodius Grade School and graduated from St. Mary's Academy in Milwaukee in 1952.
After attending business classes and working in Milwaukee, she was accepted into the United States Foreign Service. She worked in Syria and became Secretary to the Ambassador in Iraq where she met Paul Ferris from Oconto. They married in 1959 in Sheboygan and lived in Cyprus, Burma, Somalia and Malaysia, welcoming six children. In 1970 they settled in the Coleman-Pound area where they lived for the 19 years.
In 1989 after their children left the home, she separated from her husband and moved to the Appleton area where she began studies and worked as an occupational therapy assistant at ThedaCare Hospital in Neenah.
She lived across the street from St. Bernard Parish where she volunteered at the parish and nearby, served as a care minister, choir member, parish funeral representative and worked at the Salvation Army, Leaven and elsewhere helping those in need.
A great mother and grandmother, she warmed hearts with her cooking and homemaking, was a talented seamstress, creating anything her family needed out of cloth and could make a dress the night before an event.
She is survived by six children, Peter (Betty-Lou), Mark (Anita), Steve (Shannon), Luke (Priest of Green Bay Diocese), Anne (John McInally) and Jean; 10 grandchildren; two sisters, Alvina Horzen and Betty Redemann.
Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Frank.
A Vigil was held on Tuesday, Sept. 4 at St. Bernard's Church in Appleton from 5 p.m. until time of a Prayer Service at 7 p.m. Visitation was held on Wednesday, Sept. 5 at the church from 10 a.m. until time of the Funeral Mass at 11 a.m. Bishop Ricken presided with Fr. Luke officiating, followed by a luncheon. Burial will take place at a later date. Rhodes Charapata Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements. Donations can be made to St. Bernard Parish, Appleton or the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition.