Cover photo for Mary Ellen Crow's Obituary
Mary Ellen Crow Profile Photo
1948 Mary 2023

Mary Ellen Crow

April 1, 1948 — June 3, 2023

Mary Ellen Crow

Born 1 April 1948

Baptism 18 April 1948

First Holy Communion 6 May 1956

Confirmation 14 May 1956

Matrimony 21 October 1967

Died 3 June 2023

Jesus Christ breathed life into Mary Ellen Crow when she opened her eyes to this world for the first time 1 April 1948. Her Dad Thelwood Richard Crow, Jr. and Mom Geraline Hines smiled when Reverend Father James French baptized their new baby girl 18 April 1948. Mary Ellen made her First Holy Communion as a 2nd grader on the exact same day as her future husband Nick Federspiel Jr. on 6 May 1956. Having received the Sacrament of Confirmation 14 May 1956, Mary Ellen entered Angela Merici Catholic High School, received her diploma in 1966 along with her two cousins Debby Clare Wenger and Linda French Lund, both bridesmaids in her wedding who will both be reading Sacred Scripture at her Funeral Mass. Mary Ellen received the Sacrament of Matrimony 21 October 1967 with Nick Federspiel, Jr., who preceded her in death. Mary Ellen was the sister of Michael Richard Crow (husband of Donna) and aunt to Shellie and Geofrey and Kaylynn. Mary Ellen’s godparents are 2 of the 8 siblings of her Dad: John Edward Crow of California who turned 94 on March 21, and Marjorie Ann Crow Vowels who turned 90 on May 9. Mary Ellen spent her last Mother’s Day at her home in Houston with her two sons: Reverend Father Nicholas Thomas Federspiel III of Rockford and Craig Anthony Federspiel of Las Vegas. Following her retirement from Naturalizer Shoe Store in Houston’s Galleria, Mary Ellen spoiled her loyal and loving friends at Campanile on Justice Park with her untiring ear, wide heart, and smiling face. 

 All services for Mary Ellen Crow will be held at Corpus Christi Monastery (2111 South Main Street, Rockford, Illinois 61102) where Mother Dominica and the Poor Clare Nuns graciously will host her Funeral Mass. Mary Ellen Crow will arrive at 11am Tuesday June 13 at Corpus Christi Monastery where the Poor Clare Nuns will toll the monastery bells 33 times in honor of the 33 years of the life of Jesus Christ. Mary Ellen’s body will lie in repose all day with an open casket in the Poor Clares Chapel, 11am-7pm, where everyone is welcome to make a visit for silent prayer, thank Jesus Christ for her life, and pray for Divine Mercy upon her soul. At 3pm, Mrs. Paula Sentovich will sing the Divine Mercy Chaplet. At 6:30pm, the Rosary will be prayed with Mother Dominica and the Poor Clare Nuns, followed by Benediction. Immediately following Benediction, Mary Ellen Crow will stay overnight in the Sister’s Parlor. The Funeral Mass will be offered by her son at 10am Wednesday June 14 at Corpus Christi Monastery, with her cousins Debby and Linda as Lectors, and Altar Servers the Chadwick cousins Luke and Joseph and Michael and James and Charles. Immediately following the Funeral Mass, everyone is invited to join the family for burial 7 miles away at Calvary Cemetery where Pall Bearers will be her son Craig Anthony Federspiel, her brother Michael Richard Crow, Joseph Von Arx, David Lindberg, Jack Murphy, Luke Pribble, Chris Westlake, and Mark Schmitt. Thank You Jesus Christ for giving Mary Ellen Crow 75 years on this good Earth to glorify You and seek Your face. 

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Mary Ellen Crow, please visit our flower store.

Service Schedule

Past Services


Tuesday, June 13, 2023

11:00am - 7:00 pm (Eastern time)

Enter your phone number above to have directions sent via text. Standard text messaging rates apply.

Funeral Mass

Wednesday, June 14, 2023

10:00 - 11:00 am (Eastern time)

Enter your phone number above to have directions sent via text. Standard text messaging rates apply.


Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Winnebago/Rockford

8616 West State Road, Winnebago, IL 61088

Enter your phone number above to have directions sent via text. Standard text messaging rates apply.


Photo Gallery

Visits: 18

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the
Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Service map data © OpenStreetMap contributors

Send Flowers

Send Flowers

Plant A Tree

Plant A Tree