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. Mary Shallow Pecha (1917 - 2012) .

Collected and contributed by:  Bill Fonferek

.  January 20, 2012  .
  Green Bay Press-Gazette .

Mary Lorraine Pecha, 94, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Jan. 19,
2012, at Community Memorial Hospital, Oconto Falls.

Mary was born on April 24, 1917, in Oconto, to the late Peter and
Leona (Carriveau) Shallow. On May 30, 1939, Mary was united in marriage to
Archie Pecha at St. Peter's Catholic Church, Oconto. Archie preceded her in
death on Oct. 30, 1997. She lived in Oconto all her life on the family
homestead. Archie and Mary owned and operated a tavern/gas station/grocery
store for 27 years, which was started by her father and mother. Mary was a
caregiver for her father and mother and anyone else who needed help. She
worked at Frigo Cheese, had a foster home and worked with Respite Care for
many years. Her home was always open to family, friends, and any stray
animals. She was a member of Holy Trinity Parish, Oconto, and St. Anne's
Society. Mary came from a family of 22 children whom she was the last

Mary will be sadly missed by three sons and daughters-in-law, Roger
and Jackie, Neal and Cathy, and Ron and Anita, all of Oconto; two daughters
and a son-in-law, Patricia and Ray Trever, Kelly Lake; and Cindy, Oconto;
two sisters-in-law, Bernice (John) Goetz, Oconto; and Evelyn Saucier,
Coleman; 12 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; 12
great-great-grandchildren; a very special person, Shirley Retzlaff, Oconto;
and her lap dog, Sophie.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Archie; an infant daughter;
a son, Harland; a daughter, Jane Marie; a grandson, Dale; a great-great
grandson, Odis Davis; and 21 brothers and sisters.

The family will receive relatives and friends at the Gallagher Funeral
Home, Oconto, from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012, with St. Anne's Rosary
at 4:30 p.m. and prayer services by Deacon Walter Kaszynski at 7 p.m.
Visitation will continue on Monday, Jan. 23, at Holy Trinity Catholic
Church, Oconto, from 9 to 11 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be
celebrated 11 a.m. Monday at the church with the Rev. Joel Sember
officiating. Burial will be at the Oconto Catholic Cemetery. Online
condolences may be expressed at

Special thanks to daughter Cindy, Karen Carlin, and staff of Community
Memorial Hospital for the love and comfort given to mom during this
difficult time.