Mary Ellen Boucher, 86, Green Bay, passed away at home on November 20, 2021. She was born on April 15, 1935, in the town of Lincoln to the late Ernest and Lena (LaCrosse) Thiry. On April 21, 1953, she married Bernard J. Boucher at St. Peter’s Church in Lincoln. He preceded her in death on December 11th, 1977. She worked as a nurse’s aide, she delivered newspapers for the Green Bay Press Gazette for 30 + years, she was a server at weddings at Riverside Ballroom, but was most notably known for her 35 years working at Mrs. Karl’s Bread Store.
Mary was a lifelong and active member of St. Peter and Paul Church, in Green Bay, where she assisted in selling script, was part of a prayer group, cleaned the bingo hall and did various other volunteer work for the parish. Mary also volunteered as a Girl Scout Troop Leader. She attended church daily, until her health declined.
In addition to assisting her church, for many years Mary looked after many of her elderly neighbors. Taking them to church weekly, shoveling their sidewalks to keep them safe, picking up needed groceries or supplies, or just visiting and playing cards to keep them company.
Mary was devoted to her family. Teaching her children many card games to pass the time, always having baked goods and snacks when they got home from school. She was happy to help whenever and wherever she could, caring for nieces and nephews as well. She took joy in spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Mary always enjoyed playing cards with her siblings and children at family get-togethers, especially the annual Thiry Family Father’s Day Picnic held at Bay Beach and the annual Thiry Family Christmas Party. It wasn’t a gathering unless there were cards, money and a lot of shouting and laughter.
Mary is survived by her children, Bernice (Bill) Maccoux, Karen (Rick Taylor), Ken Boucher (Bob Destree), Jill (Paul) Vanden Plas, Bruce (Glenna) Boucher, James (Gwen) Boucher; nine grandchildren: Bill Maccoux (Katie Largent), Brandon (Lauren) Maccoux, Paul Jr. (Sara) Vanden Plas, Jessica Vanden Plas, Kaylea, Zakary, Madina, Andrey, and Keara Boucher; seven great-grandchildren: Amelia, Rosalyn, Madalynn, Abigail, Morgan, Lincoln and Daxton. She is also survived by her siblings Gerald (Sharon) Thiry, Melvin (Jackie) Thiry, Carol Gilson, Barbara Metoxen, Beverly Hillsberg and Rosemary Routhieaux, and many nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Bernard Boucher; parents: Ernest and Lena Thiry; rothers: Vernon and Marvin; sisters Lorraine Nellis and Ernestine Delebreau; brother and sister in-laws; nieces and nephews.
Visitation at Malcore (East) Funeral Home, 701 N. Baird Street, Monday, November 29, 2021 from 4pm until the time of the prayer service at 7pm. Visitation to continue at the funeral home Tuesday morning from 8:30am until the time of the mass. Funeral Mass Tuesday, 10am at Saints Peter and Paul Church with Rev. José Lopez officiating. Entombment in Shrine of the Good Shepherd Mausoleum.
The family extends a special thank you to Beverly Hillsberg, Nancy VanderVest and Heartland Hospice.