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Mary Margaret Covey

February 23, 2023 | 11 comments

Mary Margaret Covey, age 86, of La Crosse, WI, went home to her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, surrounded by her family on Sunday, February 19, 2023 at Gundersen Health System in La Crosse born on February 17, 1937, to Louis Cervantes and Guadalupe Vilalebos, She married Robert (Bob) Covey on February 17, 1962, in Harvard, IL


Mary was an avid reader and never without a book to read. She especially enjoyed American History, biographies and her best book, her Bible. She spent many hours researching the lineage of her and her husband’s family tree and was considered the family historian by many.


She was very proud to be a truck driver’s wife, not an easy life. Maintaining the household, always three-square meals a day, clean clothes and needs met. In her early years, Mary was very active in her church and her Bible studies. She treasured her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and recently became a great-great grandmother. She enjoyed her special dinners and lunches with them as time allowed and all were so special to her in their own way.


She even played football with her grandsons, and many considered her to be their “adopted” grandma. Mary had a fascination with crows because of their intelligence and beauty (as she would say). She was affectionately known as “Granny Crow” or just “Crow” to many. She had a special relationship with several of her nieces and was blessed by their many conversations and correspondence. Mary was also a woman of deep faith and was a ferocious prayer warrior. Don’t worry, no prayer goes unanswered, she believed it and it is so.


She is survived by her daughter, Wanda (David) Rogers, West Salem, WI. Sons, Robert (Bob), (Ruth) of La Crosse, and Ed (Julie Pettygrove) of Onalaska, WI. Three stepchildren, Mike (Tennessee), Cindy Ferrara (Monona, Wi), Kim Fenne of New Port Richey, FL. A sister-in-law, Margaret Bambrough of Reedsburg, WI, and Sharon Cervantes of Delevan, WI.


She was preceded in death by her husband Robert (Bob), Siblings, Hope, Tony, Angie, John, Cyril, Lucy, Paul, Margaret and Louis Jr. and her granddaughter, Taylor.


Numerous nieces, nephews, grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren, and several very special and close friends.


Services will be held at The Gathering Place, 133 Mason Street, Onalaska, WI, at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 4th, 2023. Visitations will be on Friday evening, March 3rd, 2023, from 5-7 p.m. and also one hour prior to the service at The Gathering Place.  In lieu of flowers, memorial would be preferred.  Coulee Region Cremation Group is assisting the family.


“I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But, if it dies, it produces many seeds.” John 12:24


We love you Mama, we miss you but will certainly see you again soon!!



  1. Louis and Michelle Cervantes lll

    Aunt Mary you will be dearly missed. Whenever Louis or I had a question about family history we knew who to ask. And greatly appreciated your knowledge! We always enjoyed time spent with you. You will forever have a place in our hearts. We love you !

    • Gary L Holden

      To the children of Aunt Mary, you have my deepest sympathy, I loved your mother so much, we worked on genealogy together and use to come up to take her out to lunch. Her stories were amazing and I will cherish them forever.
      Love you Aunt Mary, Rest in Peace

  2. Rosemary Wittman

    So sorry for your loss. I haven’t seen Aunt Mary in years but remember her fondly. May God be with all family and friends during this difficult time.

    Rosemary Wittman

  3. Kimberley Fenne

    Oh Mama Mary, You will be missed for sure. I will miss Our Chats & laughter. Heaven gained a Beautiful Lady with a Heart of Gold. See You when I get there Mama Mary! I Love You!! ❤️ Kim Fenne

  4. Cindy Ferrara

    I am SO Sorry for the Loss of your Mother. But I Know She’s in a Better Place, in heaven with Dad and Jesus our Lord. And I’d be willing to say Their All Celebrating for the New Arrival of an Angel, Mary Margaret Covey

    • Jennifer Bailey

      Aunt Mary, we will miss you very much. I will miss all your messages. U used to message to ask questions about the kids or about how mom is doing. I am gunna miss those. R.I.P. we love you very much.

  5. Mark & Julie Miller

    So Sorry for your loss, just remember she is always near in your memories. She is always near in the love that goes on.

  6. Chris & Sally Covey

    We are so sorry to hear about the passing of Aunt Mary. May God provide you all peace and strength during this difficult time.

  7. Venetta Sisson

    Aunt Mary, I will miss you so very much. You will always have a special place in my heart for taking care of me when my Mom passed away. I’ll always remember the love you and Uncle Lyle showed me. You’ll always be loved.

  8. Chris Christianson

    Sending all of your family love comfort and prayers 🙏

  9. Amy Crain

    I just now saw this news. I am very sorry for your loss. Mary was a very special neighbor when we lived in Barre Mills and a lifelong friend. I always enjoyed our visits.


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