Jeneane Marie Mahr
1931 - 2020

Jeneane Marie Mahr

Jeneane Marie Mahr, 89, of La Crosse passed away Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020, at Gundersen Health System, following recent health complications. She was born at home on the Buckeye Stock Farm, located near Reedsburg, Wis., Oct. 16, 1931. Her parents were Edmund and Eunice (nee Vonder Ohe) Dargel. She was baptized into faith in Jesus Nov. 11, 1931, at St. Peter's Lutheran Church, in Reedsburg and was confirmed there March 27, 1945. She attended Reedsburg High School from 1945 to 1949. While there, she met and began a "friendship" with a young man, Don Mahr, who she fell in love with and married four years after graduation.

She spent two years after graduation working as a secretary at the Wisconsin Farm Bureau in Madison, Wis. She entered a contest writing "Why College Will Make My Life More Successful," and won a year's tuition to a girl's school, Monticello College, in Godfrey, Ill. It was quite an experience and she used that year to add to her secretarial skills. She then returned to Madison and became secretary to the PR director at the Wisconsin State Medical Society. Jeneane married Donald E. Mahr, Aug. 29, 1953. As she stated, "then the fun began with five sons in 10 years. A girl just wasn't in God's plan for them." Don and Jeneane celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary in 2019.

She is survived by five sons, Tom (Debbi), Tim (Jill), Todd (Debra), Trent (Janet), Troy (Beth); 10 grandchildren, Taylor (Andy), Jake, Duke, Jenna (Michael), Hannah, Samuel, Sophia, Jack, Rosalia, Riley (Heidi); her brother, Robert Dargel; her sister-in-law, Shirley Burmester; and 10 nieces and nephews.

Jeneane was preceded in death by her husband, Donald; her parents; brother, Duane; sisters-in-law, Ardene Montgomery and Betty Dargel; brothers-in-law, Billy and Douglas Mahr; and a granddaughter, Kaitlin.

Jeneane served her church and community as a faithful musician and leader. She found joy in praising God through music, playing the organ when needed, and directing both the junior and senior choirs. After retiring from those jobs, she remained a member of the choir for many years. Jeneane is fondly remembered by the hundreds of students she taught over her long career as a piano teacher. In her retirement, Jeneane loved to garden, listen to music, cross stitch, and talk with and about her grandchildren.

A special thank you to the wonderful caring staff at Gundersen Health System, especially Dr. Mary Bassing and Pastor Jacob Eichers, from Faith Lutheran Church.

Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, a private family service will be held with Pastor Jacob Eichers, Faith Lutheran Church, La Crosse, officiating with burial at Onalaska Cemetery. The service will be live streamed at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21. Those interested can find it at A celebration of life appropriate for someone who, along with her loving husband, survived raising five, one-syllable boys, will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to Kaitlin's Table/Gundersen Medical Foundation, or Faith Lutheran Church are preferred.

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Published by La Crosse Tribune on Nov. 15, 2020.
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My heart is filled with many happy memories of our longtime friendship. Jeneane was always the perfect friend -- thoughtful, kind, intelligent and loving. I will miss her immensely. My heartfelt sympathy to each one of her five sons and their families. She was so proud of each of her boys.
Joan Harris
November 20, 2020
We are all very, very sorry to to hear of Your mom's passing. Our entire family spent many wonderful years in friendship and church- related activities. She will be deeply missed by many.i know her family will treasure and keep her memory alive in love and honor.
Ione (Bob) Johnson fmily
November 16, 2020
My heart goes out to the entire Mahr family as they mourn the loss of Jeneanne.
Sunny Zenk
November 16, 2020
I am so sorry for your love as. She was an amazing woman
Barbara Parkes
November 16, 2020
My sympathy on your mother´s passing. She had her hands full with 5 boys! Her home was always welcoming and happy, and you all made it richly exciting.
Doug Benjamin
November 15, 2020
Sorry to hear about your Mom, guys. But I know each one of you is praising the Lord for such wonderful parents, wonderful brothers, and a thoroughly wonderful life. I look forward to joining you for the celebration yet to come.
Rob Wessler
November 15, 2020