Mary Jane Manke passed away on October 9, 2022 after a courageous two year battle with lung cancer at Sanford Broadway Hospital Fargo surrounded by her family.

Mary was born on April 28, 1948 to James Alexander Van Duyn and Margorie Marie Edwards at St. Luke’s Hospital Fargo, ND. She was the youngest sibling of four (Jim, Susan and Judy). She grew up in Valley City, ND and graduated from Valley City High school in 1966. She then attended Valley City State College where she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Education and Business.

On November 27, 1971 she was united in marriage to Leroy Herman Manke. They made their home in Grand Forks, ND where Mary worked for Rydell Chevrolet.

On October 30, 1976 they welcomed their first child Tommy Theodore Manke. After three years of life, he passed away from spinal meningitis on January 26, 1979. Shortly after they relocated to Fargo, ND, where they welcomed their second child on March, 4 1980 Timothy Allen Manke.

Mary worked as a bookkeeper/accountant before working for Bell Bank in Fargo for over 15 years until her retirement.

Her passion was always arts and crafts. She enjoyed crocheting, needle point, plastic canvas and ceramics. Later in life she fell in love with quilting. One of the favorite parts of quilting for her was the “Shop hops” and she got to “see all the country” while visiting all the stores. She also enjoyed quilting with her sister Susan and the church quilting group in the church basement or traveling to Nedra and Jim’s to use her quilting machine to finish many quilts. She also enjoyed meeting with the “Breakfast Ladies” and dinner and drinks with the “Bank Ladies”. She rarely missed an opportunity to go to the lake, bask in the summer and take a ride around the lake on the boat.

She also never met a dog she didn’t want to get to know. It also helped that she always had a dog treat in her pocket “just in case”. She had all the family and friends dogs trained to come get a treat.

She always had a way to make you feel special, always wanted to know what you had been up to and how you had been. She will be greatly missed.

She is preceded in death by her parents, James and Marjorie; son, Tommy; and sister, Judy Lee.

She is survived by her son, Tim (Robyn) Manke; brother, Jim (Nedra) Van Duyn; sister, Susan Pederson; nieces, Debbie Lee, Christy (Joel) Cichos, Lura (Justin) Hanson, Carolee Van Duyn, Kandy Pederson; and nephews, Glen Pederson and Murray Van Duyn .

Services

Visitation - Thursday: October 13, 2022 @ 6:00 - 7:00 pm

Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center
123 10th Street
Fargo, North Dakota 58103

7012376441
www.boulgerfuneralhome.com

Prayer Service - Thursday: October 13, 2022 @ 7:00 pm

Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center
123 10th Street
Fargo, North Dakota 58103

7012376441
www.boulgerfuneralhome.com

Visitation - Friday: October 14, 2022 @ 9:00 - 10:00 am

Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center
123 10th Street
Fargo, North Dakota 58103

7012376441
www.boulgerfuneralhome.com

Funeral Service : October 14, 2022 @ 10:00 am

Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center
123 10th Street
Fargo, North Dakota 58103

7012376441
www.boulgerfuneralhome.com

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  1. My condolences to your family. Mary Jane was a great kind and caring woman. Prayers to you during this time.

  2. Very sorry to hear about your mom Tim. I’m out of town this week and so won’t make the service, but I’ll be thinking about you and the family!

  3. My thoughts and prayers to Tim, Robin and the entire family. Maryjane was one of my dearest friends and a long time co-worker. We shared many secrets and I will treasure all the memories of laughter and tears. Rest In Peace special Lady!

  4. Mary Jane you were a special auntie to me and my family you will be missed and loved always tell mom we said hi and we know y’all be doing some shenanigans up there…. Love you

  5. Mary was a great neighbor and friend. I am so sorry for your loss
    I will miss her to. You have my thoughts and my prayers

  6. Prayers are with your family……I am so sorry…..Mary Jane will be missed. Hold onto all your wonderful memories………..

  7. Wonderful lady, wonderful soul, she brought to a smile to everyone she came in contact with. She will be missed.

  8. Tim, Susan and entire family, so sorry for your loss. Continued prayers and thoughts for all of you during this time.

  9. I shall miss Mary – met her at Bell Bank where we worked together. A very funny lady – she could make me laugh!!! Her quilts were so beautiful.

  10. My thoughts and prayers are with you Tim, Robyn and family. Mary was a very special friend and always made me laugh. She was always so positive about every thing and had so many great stories. She was a very special person and will always have amazing memories of the times we had together and the things she helped me through. Rest in peace great lady

  11. Mary Jane was a great friend and co-worker. The most beautiful and kind person. Will miss our dinners out with some of the conversations of her beautiful quilts she has made. My sympathies to the family. God had gained the most beautiful Angel. Rest In Peace my dear friend.

  12. My deepest sympathies & prayers to Mary’s family. Mary was a friend and coworker of mine for many years. She was a very kind lady and always had a smile on her face.

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