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Mary Alice Engel

Published on -7/22/2014, 9:49 AM

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Mary Alice Engel, 73, La Crosse, died Sunday, July 20, 2014, at her home.

She was born Jan. 6, 1941, in Hays to Joseph H. and Albina (Billinger) Orth. She was a 1959 graduate of Girls Catholic High School, Hays, and attended St. Mary College, Leavenworth.

She married Duane G. Engel on Feb. 3, 1962, in Hays. He preceded her in death Sept. 19, 2009. She was a resident of La Crosse for more than 50 years. She was the publisher and editor of the Rush County News and co-owner of Triple E Enterprises LLC.

She was a member of St. Michael Catholic Church, La Crosse, and St. Michael Altar Society. She was a former member of St. Michael's Pastoral Council, Liturgical Committee, Faith Sharing Group, Altar Society officer and a former CCD (religious education) teacher.

She was a member of the Rush County Chamber of Commerce and the Kansas Press Association. She was a former Boy Scout leader, Girl Scout leader and a former member of La Crosse High School Booster Club and Band Mothers.

After her love of God, her greatest love was her family and the newspaper. She enjoyed family get-togethers, reading books, researching family and area history and collecting a wide array of items.

Survivors include two sons, Tim Engel and companion, Eyvonne Clarke, and Troy Engel and wife, Leslie, all of La Crosse; a daughter, Melissa Engel and husband, Dana Jay, La Crosse; a brother, Clair Orth and wife, Marian, Fort Worth, Texas; five grandchildren, Amanda Engel, Hays, Aubrey Engel, Emporia, Dylan Engel, Dodge City, Andrew Jay and Alex Jay, both of La Crosse; two step-grandchildren, Morgan West and Kadin Tower, La Crosse; four sisters-in-law, Catherine Wahlmeier and Jeannette Orth, both of Hays, Donna Engel, Hill City, and Diana (Engel) Gallegos and husband, Raymond, Galatia; numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends; and her faithful dog, Tootsie.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her mother-in-law and stepfather-in-law, Leona (Engel) and Cy Kreutzer; four brothers, Ralph Orth, Earl Orth, Leroy Orth and Harold Orth; and a sister-in-law, Leonilda (Orth) Hall.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Michael Catholic Church, La Crosse; burial in La Crosse City Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. Wednesday with family present from 6 to 7 p.m. at Janousek Funeral Home, La Crosse.

A prayer service and Altar Society rosary will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, both at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to St. Michael Church, American Cancer Society, Rush County Relay for Life or the donor's choice, in care of the funeral home.

Condolences can be sent to the family at www.charterfunerals.com.

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