MaryJo Aerts
1985 - 2018
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MaryJo Aerts

- - MaryJo Rose Aerts, 33, passed away on August 2, 2018. She was born on April 1, 1985, to Joseph and Tami Aerts in Wrightstown, WI. She graduated from Wrightstown High School in 2003, UW Stevens Point, and University of Portland. She began her education career at St. Andrew Nativity School, in Portland, OR. She served in the Peace Corps for three years in Nicaragua. She continued working in Nicaragua, teaching at St. Augustine Preparatory School. For the past two years, she served with Catholic Relief Services in Laos and Afghanistan. MaryJo had a passion for assisting those without access to education. When asked when she would return to the United States, she replied, "When all the 4 million girls in Afghanistan can go to school."

She is survived by parents Joseph and Tami Aerts, siblings Janet and Wallace Bandeff, Jim Aerts (fiance Sarah Hofkes), Peter Aerts, nephew and niece Oliver and Leah Bandeff, maternal grandparents Robert and Rosanne Bastian, paternal grandparents Russ and Joan Aerts, and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and dear friends from around the world.

A Memorial Mass to celebrate MaryJo's life will be held on Saturday, August 11, 2018 at 11:00 am at St. Clare Catholic Church, Greenleaf, with Fr. Bob Kabat officiating. Please visit to send online condolences to the Aerts family.

In lieu of flowers, a foundation is being established to continue her work in Afghanistan. Nickel Funeral Home is assisting the family.

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Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette on Aug. 9, 2018.
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August 12, 2018
Maryjo sounds like a wonderful person. I am so sorry for your loss. The world will miss her.
Joan Cuda
August 12, 2018
Thank you for your service to our country. May you rest in peace.
August 12, 2018
My deepest sympathy. Be assured, Mary Jo is guiding from above. Give thanks for each and every day she was with you, Her spirit lives on in a very Special way. May God bring you comfort and peace.
Marie Wall
August 12, 2018
Dear Family and Friends of MaryJo

We met Maryjo when we arrived in Herat (Afghanistan) this very beginning of 2019. She is such a wonderful person, smiling, shining, always caring for each and everyone, bringing joy and happiness to all around her. We miss her a lot here. We share your pain and we will never forgot her; we have learned so much from her!!!! Warmest and kindest regards from Andrea (Italy) and Claudine (Belgium).
claudine and andrea dauby pascarelli
August 11, 2018
Such a great loss. So sorry. She had a beautiful smile and a heart full of compassion. She was the epitome of human kindness. My prayers are will all of you.
Kelly and Carol Williquette
August 10, 2018
marie zirbel
August 10, 2018
My heart goes out to her family and those lives she touched. She will be deeply missed.
Cody Halvorson/ Demske
August 10, 2018
Aerts family ~
Our very deepest sympathies to your family. We are so sorry to hear of Mary Jo's passing. She was a very compassionate and caring young women, who had exceptional role models. Cherish the memories
Lee and Cindy Bowers
August 10, 2018
I am so sorry for your loss. Such a beautiful woman with a wonderful family! I hope and pray that you can find comfort soon and feel the love I'm sending!
Chris DiPiazza
August 9, 2018
Today you are in our thoughts. Tonight we will remember you in our prayers. Lorin and I are so sorry for your loss.
Lorin and Pat Stewart
August 9, 2018
Roger and I are so sorry to hear of the loss of your daughter. We will keep your family in our thoughts and prayers.

Roger and Lisa Blankenheim
August 9, 2018
Tami and Joe,
I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your daughter MaryJo. She sounds like an amazing woman. You are in my thoughts and prayers. May God carry you through this difficult time.
Kay (Verbeten) Root
August 9, 2018
We send our thoughts and prayers to your entire family!
Linda & Dennis Diedrick
August 9, 2018
Tami, Joe and Family, Dennis and I send our prayers and thoughts on the loss of MaryJo! God's peace!
Linda Diedrick
August 9, 2018
Thoughts and prayers go out to Mary Jos family and friends speaking from experience I can only say time will heal you will always have that unfilled hole in your heart but with time things will get better we pray that our Lord will take you into his arms and give you comfortable during such hard times
Gary Clark
August 9, 2018
I did not know Mary Jo, but she sound like an an amazing woman who advocated for the less fortunate and the vulnerable. I hope her legacy will live on and empower individuals who has the same passion as she did. God Bless Mary Jo and may god bring peace and comfort her family who miss her very much.
August 9, 2018
Tami, Joe & Family,
My deepest condolences on the loss of your daughter. I will keep your family in my prayers.
Mary Kay (Heezen) Predayna
August 9, 2018
Tami, Joe, and Family ~

You are all in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
Julie (Heezen) Beining
August 8, 2018
Our prayers for comfort and peace are with you and your entire family during this difficult time.
Sue & Kevin Schommer
August 8, 2018
Tami and Joe, I am so sorry to hear of the passing of you daughter. You family is in our thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time.
Darlene & Scott Roebke
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