Mary Jane Paff, of Antigo, passed away on July 15, 2023 at Aspirus Medford Hospital surrounded by her family. She was 81 years old. She was born on January 5, 1942 in Antigo, a daughter of Frank Wild and Hilda (Servi) Wolter. She married Adrian Paff on October 7, 1961 in Antigo and they enjoyed many years hunting, fishing and snowmobiling together. They later divorced.
She was a graduate of Antigo High School. Mary Jane worked in the potato fields and warehouses for her stepfather until graduating from North Central Technical College with an associate's degree in mechanical drafting that led her to work for Amron. She later began working for the Antigo Unified School District for over 25 years as a school aide, librarian, and computer lab supervisor.
Mary Jane spent many years volunteering with the Langlade County Fair, Market Animal Committee, local 4-H groups including the Deerbrook Eager Beavers, and was the founder of the fair's Frog Jumping Contest. She also coached County Junior Baseball League in the Town of Rolling.
She had a passion for gardening, flowers, and spending time in her yard. Mary Jane loved to cook and bring her family together for holidays, especially Christmas. Her decorations were known to be left up long after the snow melted. She enjoyed playing pool, bowling, and putting together and wearing costumes to many events, especially to a yearly parade in the U.P.
Survivors include three sons, Randy Paff (Julie Braunschweig) of Green Bay, Ricky Paff (Gigi Reiling) of Pelican Lake, and Bradley (Amy) Paff of Medford; step-daughter, Debra Deschamps of Albuquerque, New Mexico; five grandchildren, Joshua Paff, Hunter Paff, Madison Norwood, Alexandra Paff and Andrew Paff; three great-grandchildren; a sister, Linda (John) Scott of Green Bay; a step-sister, Caroline (Tom) Wild of Antigo; a brother, Michael (Corinne) Wolter of Antigo; a step-brother, John (Debbie) Wolter of Deerbrook; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her ex-husband, Adrian Paff; step-father, Herbert Wolter; son, Scott Paff; sister, Carole (Jack) Bennetts; brothers, Conrad Wild and Norman (Pat) Wild; step-sisters, Rosemary Schroepfer, Ruth Greisinger, Patricia Lichtenberg, and Beverly Summ; and step-brother, Glen Wolter.
A funeral Mass will be held on Friday, July 21, at 11:30 a.m. at St. John Catholic Church with Rev. Charles Hoffmann officiating.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, July 20 from 4 to 7 p.m. and Friday 10 to 11 a.m. all at the Bradley Funeral Home. A parish wake service will be held Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the funeral home.
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Antigo, WI 54409
Antigo, WI 54409
Antigo, Wisconsin 54409
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.Florist's Choice Bouquet was purchased for the family of Mary Jane Paff by Bill and Betsy Greisch.
To the Paff family, you have our deepest sympathies. Your mother was a wonderful, kind women and always welcomed me into her home.Red Florist's Choice was purchased for the family of Mary Jane Paff by John and Corinne Kohler.
Thinking of you Brad and your family as you honor the life of your mother.Peace Lily was purchased for the family of Mary Jane Paff by Anonymous.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.Sunny Memories was purchased for the family of Mary Jane Paff by Tina & Joe Goodson.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. For Ricky and Gigi Paff after service.Peaceful Condolences was purchased for the family of Mary Jane Paff by Anonymous. A tree was also planted in memory of Mary Jane Paff
Mike Wolter and family. So sorry for your loss. I remember Mary Jane from 4H .
Kids sometimes need to get away from their own home once in a while, but where to go? Mary Jane's house, of course. Hanging out with her son and my good friend for years as young adults saw me visiting Mary Jane at her home on many occasions. Always welcoming...always real...always felt safe, I appreciated Mary Jane for holding nothing back. She told it like it was, mostly with respect but to always positively influence others, she was a wise woman, full of energy and sass, and I for one will never forget how visits with her made me feel. RIP Mary Jane!
Thinking of you and your family during this difficult time.Peace Lily was purchased for the family of Mary Jane Paff by Big Inch Fabricators & Construction Inc..
There are no words to fully express what Mary meant to me since I was 12 years old. She was my other Mother in a great many ways. The mother that taught me more things than I would have learned without her. She gave me 3 wonderful brothers, and some wonderful memories, and a few not so good, which tested my character. There were times I wished she was my real Mom. After all has been said and done, I wish things could have been different enough that we could have been closer. She will always remain in my heart.
Say hi to Dad for me. 💞