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MaryJane (Wilson) Eicholzer

MaryJane (Wilson) Eicholzer, 83, wife of Alfred W. Eicholzer, of Centerville, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on December 27, 2022. Her memory will be forever a source of inspiration and strength for her family and all who knew and loved her.

MaryJane was born on December 6, 1939, in Ipswich, daughter of the late William and Margaret (Mackey) Wilson. She was raised in Ipswich, graduating Ipswich High School Class of 1957 and went on to train as a nurse at Lawrence General Hospital School of Nursing, graduating in 1960. She began her nursing career as an OR nurse at Beth Israel Hospital, and then spent the next 50 years in geriatric nursing. Being a nurse and a caregiver was at the core of MaryJane.

MaryJane loved the ocean, reading, antiquing and travel.  She often brought family to Northern Ireland to keep family bonds alive across the pond. Quilting by herself and with friends gave her immense joy.  Her love lives on in the countless quilts she shared with friends and family.

Her greatest love, however, was her family.  MaryJane married Fred Eicholzer in 1961 and had two children, Wendy and William.  Over the next three decades they instilled their love of life and home by moving the family from Boston to Woburn to Westborough to Sweden and back. In their later years they moved to the Jersey Shore where their four grandchildren grew up following their beloved “Nana” on adventures.  In retirement on Cape Cod, her favorite thing in the world was to have the family gathered around her table for any occasion.

In addition to her husband Alfred ‘Fred’ W. Eicholzer, she is survived by her loving daughter, Wendy Eicholzer Glass and her husband Lewis; a son, William A. Eicholzer and her adored grandchildren, Ethan, Kristina, Allie and Heather.  She is also survived by her sister-in-laws, Marilyn Wilson, Rae Wilson and Julie Hart and her husband Leonard Hart. She was the sister of the late David and John Wilson. 

Her funeral service will be held at 11 am Wednesday, January 4, in the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High Street, Ipswich followed by interment in the New Highland Cemetery, Ipswich. Family and friends are cordially welcomed. Visitation at the funeral home will be held Tuesday, January 3, from 4 to 7 pm. Memorial contributions in her memory may be made to the West Parish of Barnstable, PO Box 219, 2049 Meetinghouse Way, West Barnstable, MA 02668, www.westparish.org.


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