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Mary Louise Schrank

Mary Louise Schrank, 78, of Portage, died Tuesday, Jan. 2, at Tivoli in Portage.

Mary was born Sept. 12, 1939, in Portage, to Edmund and Hazel (Schiefelbein) Joyce.

Mary married Harley Schrank on Oct. 15, 1955. Mary worked at many institutions as a CNA throughout her career.

She had the greatest memories of traveling the country with Harley while he drove semi. She especially loved the South and being outside when it is warm. She loved being around her family and would look for people to socialize with and have a cup of coffee.

Mary is survived by her husband, Harley, of Portage; sons, Thomas, Timothy (Margaret) of Portage, Donald (Ronette) of Portage and Shane (Tiqua) of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; a daughter-in-law, Nancy Kral; one sister, Judy Gray of Portage; a brother, Mike (Kay) Joyce of Portage; 14 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents; sons, Bobbie and Michael; a daughter, Jane Mary Schrank; grandson, Harley Robert Schrank; granddaughter, Kristin Mary; great-granddaughter, Zoey Kristin; brothers, Donald, Russell and Norbert; and sisters, Beverly Thurler and Donna Jane Joyce.

A prayer service will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 6, at Kratz Funeral Home, 302 E. Conant St., Portage ( with the Rev. Gary Krahenbuhl officiating. Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Special thanks to the staff at Tivoli for the wonderful care they provided for our mom.