Obituaries » Mary M Racine (Jaehn)

January 21, 1949 - February 10, 2019

Funeral Service Date
February 14, 2019
Funeral Service Time
10:30 am

Posted by:
Hank Landry

Posted on:
February 14, 2019

Mary was my colleague and friend. She was one of the titans of the Language Arts Department at Hickman High School (Columbia), someone I often turned to for advice on literature and grammar. Mary and I always found something to laugh about every single time we met, and that will be my enduring memory of her. Thanks for being my friend, thanks for fetching me in San Antonio and taking me to a great meal in Austin, and rest in peace.

Posted by:
Craig Prentiss

Posted on:
February 14, 2019

Mrs. Racine was my English teacher at Hickman High School my sophomore year, 1981-82, a year I remember as one of my worst. But I looked forward to her class every day. She was so kind, so patient, and she treated each of us as if we really mattered. Though I went on to become a college professor, I was a lousy and lazy student then. But she pushed me to be better and, for some reason, had confidence in me. She was really the only teacher I felt connected to all year. She made English fun, and set me up to do well in the years to come. I was sad when she moved to Ohio right after that year. My friend, Tom O'Connor, and I wrote her a few letters over the next couple of years. She seemed amused by our sense of humor and indulged our silliness as we worked on a couple of projects together in class (it was, literally, sophomoric humor). I think the fact we wanted to keep in touch with a teacher says it all about the impact she had on us. We did lose touch eventually, but news of her passing much too young hits hard. My deepest sympathies to her whole family. She was a remarkable woman and we were graced to have had her in our lives.

Posted by:
Janet Larkin

Posted on:
February 13, 2019

Mary's office was in the Akins' English workroom. Sometimes she and I would talk about Sunday's gospel while she was eating fig jam and Brie on crackers or she might be working on a list Mary Alice or Daniel wanted yesterday. I always wished to be as unflappable as she was. I could be rushing around with my hair on fire (which reminds me of the tornado and subsequent black out) then look to Mary and, while I was wringing my hands, she had a solution worked out. I loved it most when she was working with students: quiet conversations, gentle nudges and insightful questions. Students would leave feeling strong, confident. This was Mary at her finest, rock steady in the middle of chaos or a quiet stream. She was a mentor and a friend. I will miss her. I take solace knowing she loved her God and, as He promised, she has found her green pasture with a table prepared for her with books, lots and lots of books and, perhaps, a glass of red wine.

Posted by:
Diane DuTeil

Posted on:
February 13, 2019

What a blessing it was to know Mary while she was in Austin! Mary was a member of our Mah Jong group for years and I have such wonderful memories of our time together. Our time was always full of laughter, sharing stories, having wonderful desserts and, of course, playing Man Jong! My prayers go out for Drew and John. Mary was a shining light to all of us!

Posted by:
Dianne

Posted on:
February 13, 2019

Yes... Heaven has gained an angel for sure! I also had the privilege of working and learning with Mary at Akins HS. I can't think of a better example to learn from. She was a phenomenal woman with a huge heart and a great sense of humor that managed to see the good in everyone. Thank you, Mary, for all you taught me without even realizing it.

Posted by:
Molly Schoener

Posted on:
February 13, 2019

I had the privilege of teaching with Mary at Akins High School in Austin. She has such a beautiful soul. She shared so many words of wisdom with me as a new teacher and helped guide my heart as an educator. She helped me see students as I would look at my own children. Just a beautiful lady. Heaven gained an angel! I pray for all of her loved ones and family in this time of sorrow.

Posted by:
Roger Vaughn

Posted on:
February 12, 2019

I was saddened to hear of Mary’s passing. I remember my classmate at CCHS, but even more her presence at the Crosier House Sunday Community, along with Drew, my classmate at St. Gregory’s Seminary. May Mary be with God. I pray Drew is comforted remembering his 49 years of loving marriage with Mary, and consoled by those who come to honor Mary and celebrate her life at the Mass of the Resurrection. May the peace of God which surpasses all understanding be with Mary and her family.

Posted by:
Carolyn Gallogly

Posted on:
February 12, 2019

This is a sad loss for so many of us. Her husband, Drew, her partner on her blessed journey through life, is left without her good cheer, cleverness, and physical presence, but faith tells us her presence will be with him, and all of us whenever we welcome it. I also knew her in her college years, but was able to maintain some relationship with both her and Drew, from those early years (Navy, California, baby) to more recent years with a visit to them in Austin, and then back in Fort Wayne again. The spirit of love that envelops such a marriage gave a glow to everything around them. The challenges were great, but she has come through, giving us some joy in the midst of tears.

Posted by:
Tom Witte

Posted on:
February 12, 2019

So sorry to hear of Mary's passing. I have many fond memories as a classmate and neighbor. I especially remember her involvement in high school activities, her enthusiasm and acceptance of all who came in contact with her. My condolences to Drew and John and Ellie.

Posted by:
Tom Witte

Posted on:
February 12, 2019

So sorry to hear of Mary's passing. I have many fond memories as a classmate and neighbor. I especially remember her involvement in high school activities, her enthusiasm and acceptance of all who came in contact with her. My condolences to Drew and John and Ellie.

Posted by:
Bill and Francisco

Posted on:
February 12, 2019

It's difficult to think of Mary without also thinking of Drew, they were such a team! We love them both and are saddened at Mary's passing. She was a true beacon of light for many, with a great sense of humor and sharp wit. Our many evenings spent together will not be forgotten. We wish Drew, and her family all the best!

Visitation Information:

Divine Mercy Funeral Home

Phone: 260-426-2044

Address: 3500 Lake Avenue Fort Wayne Indiana, 46805

rosary at 3:30 pm

Visitation Date

February 13, 2019

Visitation Time

02:00 pm – 04:00 pm

06:00 pm – 08:00 pm

Additional Info

rosary at 3:30 pm

Funeral Service Information:

St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church-Fort Wayne

Phone: 260-489-3537

Address: 1502 E Wallen Rd Fort Wayne IN, 46825

Service Date: February 13, 2019

Service Time: 2:00 pm

Service Notes: calling one hour prior at church

Funeral Service Date

February 14, 2019

Funeral Service Time

10:30 am

Additional Info

calling one hour prior at church

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