In memory of
Mary Ellen Telford
Funeral Mass begins in 4 days
In memory of
Mary Ellen Telford
Mary Ellen Telford passed away on Sunday, October 4, 2020, after a fifteen month battle against pancreatic cancer. Mary fought this cruel illness with courage and optimism, but was unable to overcome it. She passed away at home, with her family by her side. Mary was born in Evanston, IL, on August 20, 1951, to Melvin and Martha (Braun) Wicklein. She grew up in Des Plaines, IL, where she attended St. Stephens Catholic Elementary School and St. Patrick's Academy, Class of 1969. Subsequently, Mary studied computer science, and joined the AH Robins Company in Des Plaines, where she worked in product distribution and customer service. While working at AH Robins, Mary attended Roosevelt University of Chicago, and earned a baccalaureate degree. Also while working at AH Robins, she met Donald Telford, whom she married in 1982, and to whom she has been a loving and devoted wife for 38 years. In 1983, Mary accepted a promotion to Garden Grove, CA. Mary and Don moved from Illinois to Orange, California, where they settled and have remained since. Mary and Don had one son, Patrick Telford (Kelly Telford) and one daughter, Alyson Telford, both of whom grew up in Orange. In 1996, Mary embarked on a new career as a Paralegal, and also obtained a California Notary commission. Mary worked as a Paralegal for Attorney Donna Bashaw, and subsequently, for the McGonigle & Hunsaker law firm, a total of 24 years. She also volunteered with the La Veta Elementary PTA, El Modena Band Boosters, Girl Scouts, and the Lestonnac Free Clinic of Orange. Mary's interests and pastimes included ocean sailing, bicycling, pickleball, roller-skating, baking, reading and travel. She made many friends along the way, and was known by all as a kind, generous and gentle soul. In 2014, Jack arrived, the first of Mary's two grandchildren. In 2017, he was joined by sister, Madelynn. Nothing gave Mary more joy than spoiling her grandchildren, which she did at every opportunity. Mary is survived by her brother Melvin Wicklein, of DeKalb, IL; brother Paul Wicklein and sister-in-law Mary Whitson Wicklein, of Trevor, WI; sister Marcia McIntosh and brother-in-law John McIntosh, of Hayward, WI; and husband Donald Telford, son Patrick Telford, daughter-in-law Kelly Telford, daughter Alyson Telford, and grandchildren Jack and Madelynn, all of Orange, CA. Mary was predeceased by her parents Melvin and Martha Wicklein, and by her sister Barbara Wicklein. A funeral mass is scheduled at La Purisima Catholic Church, 11712 N. Hewes St., Orange, CA 92869, at 10:00 am Friday, October 23, 2020. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Lestonnac Free Clinic, the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (Pancan) or other charity of your choice.
View Full Obituary ›
In memory of
Mary Ellen Telford
Mary Ellen Telford passed away on Sunday, October 4, 2020, after a fifteen month battle against pancreatic cancer. Mary fought this cruel illness with courage and optimism, but was unable to overcome it. She passed away at home, with her family by her side. Mary was born in Evanston, IL, on August 20, 1951, to Melvin and Martha (Braun) Wicklein. She grew up in Des Plaines, IL, where she attended St. Stephens Catholic Elementary School and St. Patrick's Academy, Class of 1969. Subsequently, Mary studied computer science, and joined the AH Robins Company in Des Plaines, where she worked in product distribution and customer service. While working at AH Robins, Mary attended Roosevelt University of Chicago, and earned a baccalaureate degree. Also while working at AH Robins, she met Donald Telford, whom she married in 1982, and to whom she has been a loving and devoted wife for 38 years. In 1983, Mary accepted a promotion to Garden Grove, CA. Mary and Don moved from Illinois to Orange, California, where they settled and have remained since. Mary and Don had one son, Patrick Telford (Kelly Telford) and one daughter, Alyson Telford, both of whom grew up in Orange. In 1996, Mary embarked on a new career as a Paralegal, and also obtained a California Notary commission. Mary worked as a Paralegal for Attorney Donna Bashaw, and subsequently, for the McGonigle & Hunsaker law firm, a total of 24 years. She also volunteered with the La Veta Elementary PTA, El Modena Band Boosters, Girl Scouts, and the Lestonnac Free Clinic of Orange. Mary's interests and pastimes included ocean sailing, bicycling, pickleball, roller-skating, baking, reading and travel. She made many friends along the way, and was known by all as a kind, generous and gentle soul. In 2014, Jack arrived, the first of Mary's two grandchildren. In 2017, he was joined by sister, Madelynn. Nothing gave Mary more joy than spoiling her grandchildren, which she did at every opportunity. Mary is survived by her brother Melvin Wicklein, of DeKalb, IL; brother Paul Wicklein and sister-in-law Mary Whitson Wicklein, of Trevor, WI; sister Marcia McIntosh and brother-in-law John McIntosh, of Hayward, WI; and husband Donald Telford, son Patrick Telford, daughter-in-law Kelly Telford, daughter Alyson Telford, and grandchildren Jack and Madelynn, all of Orange, CA. Mary was predeceased by her parents Melvin and Martha Wicklein, and by her sister Barbara Wicklein. A funeral mass is scheduled at La Purisima Catholic Church, 11712 N. Hewes St., Orange, CA 92869, at 10:00 am Friday, October 23, 2020. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Lestonnac Free Clinic, the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (Pancan) or other charity of your choice.
View Full Obituary ›
Funeral Mass
 
23
Friday, Oct 23
10:00 AM
La Purisima Catholic Church
11712 N. Hewes St., Orange, CA 92869
Sort
100% Money Back Guarantee
Need Help? Have Questions?