Mary Jane Caflisch, age 81, passed away on February 12, 2019 in Windsor, CO. She was the wife of Robert Caflisch and they shared 60 wonderful years of marriage together. She was the loving mother of six children Michael, Michele, Suzanne, Karen, Kathy, and Stephen.
Born in Los Angeles, CA, she was the daughter of Charles and Mary Flesch and she graduated from McPhail Conservatory with a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Music. She worked as a bank teller in Belle Fourche, SD for 13 years and was a faithful member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church.
At times, Mary Jane escaped with Bob on the weekends to enjoy different restaurants in the area. She loved Brunch. If there was a brunch within 50 miles, she and Robert would try it out!
She loved extensive traveling with her husband once her six children had grown. Some of her favorite trips to take were to the mountains around the Vail and Beaver Creek area to enjoy all the scenery and fall colors.
She loved to cook and especially enjoyed planning family dinners on Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas, which allowed all of our families to bond and catch up with one another. Growing up, she was insistent that every night her family would sit down and have dinner together. Her favorite meal to cook was homemade spaghetti. And let’s not forget to mention the enormous “small slice” of pie we each would receive during the holidays. She would say, “No leftovers.” Then there was the infamous lunch box incident. Having stored the kid’s metal lunch boxes in the oven, she warmed up the oven and accidentally melted them all. Needless to say, we carried brown bag lunches that day!
During the summers, Mary Jane coordinated some well-orchestrated road trips for the family. Everyone devoured their bologna and butter sandwiches sitting shoulder-to-shoulder while leaning over a makeshift table in the van.
Mom’s unique way to discipline the children was by stating, “You just wait until your Dad gets home,” which was a clear indication that we were in trouble.
She used every opportunity to initiate a good game or two of Phase 10 cards. Don’t believe for a minute that she wasn’t competitive. She would often throw down that “skip” card for Dad with such a mischievous grin on her face. She was out to win!
Mary Jane had a great love for music. One of her daughter’s recalls picking up a newspaper in the teacher’s lounge and saying, “That is my Mom!” She and other students were picketing outside their college to get a jazz music class. Her sign said, “Jazz is not a crime.”
But in all seriousness, Mary Jane was a devoted wife and loving mother to us. She was caring, compassionate, strong-willed, and we never wanted for anything growing up. She will be remembered ALWAYS in our hearts, minds, and prayers. Be at peace now, Mary Jane, and enjoy your reunion with family and friends in Heaven!
Mary Jane is survived by her husband, six children, 11 grandchildren, and two great grandchildren.
The Viewing will be held on February 19, 2019 from 5:00pm –7:00pm at Viegut Funeral Home at 1616 N Lincoln Ave, Loveland, CO 80538. The funeral services will be held at Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church on February 20, 2019 at 1:00pm at 1250 7th St; Windsor, CO 80550 with interment at Ft. Logan National Cemetery on February 22, 2019 at 10:15am.
Memorial donations in lieu of flowers may be made to “American Cancer Society” and sent to Viegut Funeral Home “in memory of Mary Jane Caflisch.”