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Mary Jean McCourt

January 20, 1931 January 4, 2020
Mary  Jean  McCourt
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Obituary for Mary Jean (Alby) McCourt

Mary Jean Alby was born on January 20th, 1931 in Burlington, Wisconsin. Mary was the daughter of E.J. “Abe” and Evelyn (Malcom) Alby. Her siblings included Malcom Alby, Richard Alby and Patricia (Alby)Wisdom . The entire family were active in athletics and school activities, Mary loved gymnastics, swimming, waterskiing, tennis, ice skating, bowling and golf.

Mary attended St. Charles Grade School and graduated from St. Mary’s High School in Burlington. A lover of music, Mary was a member of the high school choir and marching band, she played piano, saxophone, accordion and was even a baton twirling majorette. Later, Mary attended Marquette and UW-Whitewater with an interest in education.

Arthur Leroy McCourt became her high school sweetheart, husband and the love of her life. They were married at St Charles Church and raised 6 children—Patricia (Brian) Kuehn, Thomas (Dorene), Debra (Tim) Gorman, Daniel (Jacquelyn), Diane(Bryon) Perona, William (Francis) and 8 grandchildren--Jeremy Ranker, Jennifer Irwin, Bryce McCourt, Andrew McCourt, Sidney Pritzl, Morgan McCourt, Johnathan McCourt, Dalton McCourt and 4 great grandchildren—Hunter Ranker, Connor and Delaney Mary Irwin and Laina Grace McCourt.

Art was a long-time owner of Tobin Drug and both were actively involved in community organizations including the 4-H Club, Jaycees and Rotary. Together, they chaired St Mary’s “Night Train” and the Burlington Hospital Charity Ball. Mary served as the head of the Wisconsin Pharmacy Association Auxiliary working at Art’s side, during his term as President. Mary was an active volunteer as a den mother, 4-H leader, delivery driver for Meals on Wheels, and served in a variety of roles for the hospital auxiliary. Later in life, she returned to her interest in education and worked for over 10 years as a member of the Wisconsin Department of Public Education - Cooperative Education Service Agency assisting disabled children to learn and achieve.

Her true love and priority were her family, encouraging all to experience life as an adventure and live it to its fullest. Together, Art, Mary and their children traveled and camped across the country exploring numerous national parks and historic destinations. She supported her children’s participation in sports and music events, attended countless baseball, football, basketball, volleyball, and rugby matches, music concerts, horse and dog shows. She was a kind, generous and welcoming person who opened her home to several Rotary Exchange students, pharmacy interns and friends. She routinely invited people she met to stop by “the lake house”. She had a special relationship with the City of Burlington Fire Department Hose Company No. 2 and invited them to hold their monthly meetings at “the lake house”.

Mary was an amazing woman, mother, grandmother, and friend. She lived a caring and loving life worthy of celebrating! She lived her dreams, she set core family values that are being carried forward, and she made her mark directly and indirectly with those she raised and all those she loved.

Memorial contributions may be made to the UW-School of Pharmacy, McCourt Family Scholarship Fund at or The Alzheimer Foundation at www.ALZFDN.ORG.

Services for Mary will be held Saturday, January 11, 2020 at 10AM at St. Charles Catholic Church with burial to follow at St. Charles Cemetery. Relatives and friends may visit with the family on Friday, January 10, 2020 from 4 until 8PM at Schuette-Daniels Funeral Home.

Schuette-Daniels Funeral Home, 625 S. Browns Lake Dr., Burlington, WI 53105

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4:00 PM 1/10/2020 4:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 1/10/2020 8:00:00 PM
Schuette-Daniels Funeral Home

625 Browns Lake Drive
Burlington, WI 53105

Schuette-Daniels Funeral Home
625 Browns Lake Drive Burlington 53105 WI
United States





10:00 AM 1/11/2020 10:00:00 AM
St. Charles Catholic Church

449 Conkey Street
Burlington, WI 53105

St. Charles Catholic Church
449 Conkey Street Burlington 53105 WI
United States

Cemetery Details


St. Charles Cemetery Final Resting Place

35112 W. State Street
Burlington, WI 53105

35112 W. State Street Burlington 53105 WI
United States

Memorial Contribution

The Alzheimer Foundation

UW-School of Pharmacy,McCourt Family Scholarship Fund


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