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In Memory of Mary Jane Ries


One hour prior to the mass at St. Patrick's

Funeral Services

11AM Tuesday, January 8th at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 1500 Vine Street, Hudson

Mary Jane Ries, age 71 of Hudson died Wednesday, January 2nd, 2019 at Fairview University Hospital in Minneapolis. Mary Jane was born on September 26, 1947 in Mitchell, South Dakota; the daughter of Melvin and Zola Fredericksen. She was raised in White Lake where she graduated from high school. On September 1, 1967, she was united in marriage to Gerald Ries at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in White Lake. This union would be further blessed with two sons; Darin and Bryan. Mary Jane enjoyed being a devoted wife, mom, and especially a grandma. It gave her the greatest smile attending her grandchildren’s school events, but more importantly spoiling them! Mary Jane worked 23 years as a health aide for the White Bear School District prior to retiring in 2000. Working here created many friendships that she held dear to her heart to this day. Furthermore, Gerry and Mary Jane formed many friendships from his work while they lived in White Bear and attended St. Pius X Catholic Church.  She always looked forward to reminiscing with all of them.

Mary Jane will forever live on in the hearts of her best friend and husband Gerry; sons Darin (Mary) Ries, Bryan Ries; grandchildren Mason and Makena; siblings Melva Dean Mayclin, Larry (Janice) Fredericksen, Bonna (Ralph) McGregor, Pamela Fredericksen; brothers/sisters-in-law Darlene Peta, Carol (Dale) Backes, Kenneth Ries, Eugene Ries, and her nieces and nephews. Her parents; parents-in-law William and Hilda Ries, brothers/sisters-in-law Tom Mayclin, William Peta, Elaine Ries, and Mary Ann Ries welcomed her with open arms when she walked into heaven.

Mass of Christian Burial for Mary Jane will be 11AM Tuesday, January 8th at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 1500 Vine Street, Hudson. Interment will be private. Visitation will be one hour prior to the mass Tuesday morning at St. Patrick’s. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers and will be used towards the charities that Mary Jane passionately supported. Funeral services entrusted to the O’Connell Family Funeral Home of Hudson. 

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    • Our sympathy to Gerry, family, and friends. Mary Jane was a cheerful K-12 classmate and friend at White Lake. Rest in Peace.

    • Gerry,
      We are very sorry for your loss of your wife Mary Jane. She was always a delight to be around. She would always light up a party with her laugh and humor. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    • Condolences to Gerry, family and friends. Another classmate from White Lake remembering all the great times we had growing up, the Griffin haunted house, singing in choir and all state chorus. Rest In Peace Mary Jane.

    • My sympathy to Gerald, children and all family members of Mary Jane.
      Oh so many memories and fun times growing up in White Lake, SD as classmates and friends—night time hide and seek, softball in the vacant lot, games of jacks on our neighbors sidewalk because it was the smoothest, after high school play practice trips to find haunted houses in the country, Friday night football games, Sunday afternoon Legion baseball games and so many more. Rest in peace and watch over all of us; we will always remember you.

    • My deepest condolences go out to Gerry Ries and the family.
      Mary Jane created a very friendly and heavenly atmosphere with her kind and warm presence. My wife was new to this country and Mary Jane helped her in many ways to get her acquainted with the customs and surroundings here. She was content on earth and is surely peaceful in heaven

    • My deepest sympathies go out to the Ries family, especially my friend and former boss Gerry. Mary Jane was a warm, kind and friendly person with a smile that could light up a dark room and the most contagious laugh. I, among many who were blessed to know her will miss her unfailing cheerfulness and blithe spirit. Rest in peace, Lovely Lady.

    • A place in Heaven for Mary Jane. A true, loving friend, and a great mother and grandmother. Will miss her so much. May you hear the Angels sing.

    • Condolences to the family from the Class of 1965 … Mary Jane was a fun-loving high school classmate and friend. You will dearly be missed.