Mary June “MJ” Luedtke White, age 87, Eugene, Oregon, formerly of Hutchinson, Minnesota, passed away on Tuesday, October 20, 2015, in Eugene, Oregon.
Memorial Service will be held Saturday, June 11, 2016, at 10:30 A.M., at Peace Lutheran Church in Hutchinson, with interment in Oakland Cemetery.
Gathering of Friends and Family is one hour prior to the service at the church.
Memorials preferred to Michael J. Fox Foundation or American Cancer Society.
Mary June “MJ” Luedtke White was born on June 14, 1928, in Hutchinson, Minnesota. She was the daughter of Emil Ferdinand and Leola Lena (Lange) Luedtke. Mary was baptized as an infant, and later confirmed in her faith as a youth at Peace Lutheran in 1941. She received her education in Hutchinson, and was a graduate and valedictorian of the Hutchinson High School Class of 1946. She continued her education at the University of Minnesota and graduated in 1950, with Bachelor of Arts Degree in Pre-Social Work.
On June 12, 1950, Mary was united in marriage to Rolland Hays White. This marriage was blessed with five children, Barbara, W. Alan, Elizabeth, Nancy, and David. Mary resided in Minneapolis, and later moved to Berkeley, California, Oakland, California and Eugene, Oregon.
Mary worked as an Editorial Assistant with Jossey-Bass in San Francisco, California. She also ran a small Bed and Breakfast out her home. She retired in 1996.
Mary was always a kind and thoughtful person. She loved to read a good murder mystery. Mary also enjoyed traveling, attending and singing in the Oakland California Symphony Chorus, and going to the opera and theater. She loved hosting her guests at her Bed and Breakfast. Mary especially cherished spending time with her family and friends.
Mary passed away from complications of Parkinson’s disease. She was diagnosed in 1994, and bravely withstood its cruel and debilitating progression for over 20 years. Mary passed away in Eugene, Oregon, on Tuesday, October 20, 2015, at the age of 87 years.
Blessed be her memory.
Mary is survived by her:
Children, Barbara Lee Thomas and her husband, David B. Thomas of Eugene, OR, W. Alan White and his wife, Lynn Townsend-White of Moses Lake, WA, Elizabeth White Hasychak of Oakland, CA, Nancy White Adams and her husband, Abraham M. Adams of Hayward, CA, David M. White and his wife, Jane Best White of Novato, CA;
5 Grandchildren, Jihan (Adams) Johnson, Nathaniel David White, Emily Elisabeth White, Steven Patrick White, Eric Alan White;
2 Great Grandchildren, Rickey Johnson III, McKayla Nalarie Johnson;
Brother, Charles H. Luedtke of New Ulm, MN;
Former Spouse, Rolland Hays White
Many other relatives and friends.
Mary is preceded in death by her, Parents, Emil Ferdinand in 1950, and Leola Lena Luedtke in 1991, Brother, John A. Luedtke in 1989.
Memorials preferred to Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s research or the American Cancer Society.
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