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Mary Jane Long

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 12th, 2013

Mary Jane Long
ROCKFORD - Mary Jane Long, 90, of Rockford, passed away peacefully, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013, at Presence Cor Mariae Center, with family at her side.

Funeral Mass will be on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013, at 10:30 a.m., at St. Rita Catholic Church, 6284 Valley Knoll Drive. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until the time of service at the church on Saturday. Burial is in Calvary Catholic Cemetery.

Mrs. Long was born Jan. 24, 1923, in Amboy, to Edwin and Molly Morrissey Friel. She graduated from Amboy High School Class of 1940. She married Delmar Long on July 31, 1943, and they celebrated 63 years of marriage. He predeceased her on June 6, 2006.

Survivors include sons Robert (Janet) of Iowa City, Steve (Jill) of Roscoe and Douglas (Marla) of Rockford; daughter Regina Potts of Loves Park; and grandchildren Jeff, Jeanie (Rob) Kochan, Melissa (Steve) Bland, Casey, Adam (Anne), Kelly (Scott) Rogers, Tim (Amanda) and Amy Long; nine great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews, and very special brother, Dr. Frank (Rita) Friel.

She was predeceased by great-granddaughter, Avery Kochan, her twin sister Helen Hornbeck, and brothers, Joe, Chuck, Luke, and Ed.

Upon moving to Rockford in 1940, she worked during WWII as Quality Control Inspector at Woodward Governor Co. She worked 30 years as hostess/manager of Pyramid Club, a private Shriner’s Club and restaurant, retiring in 1989.

She also served as an election judge in Rockford for over five decades. In retirement she was an active volunteer at St. Elizabeth’s Community Center and St. Rita’s Catholic Church, where she was a dedicated member for 45 years.

She enjoyed sewing, gardening and baking.

Memorials can be made to St. Elizabeth’s Social Center, 1505 S. Main St., Rockford, 61102, or Northern Illinois Hospice, 4215 Newberg Road, Rockford, 61108

To express online condolences, please visit: www.fitzgeraldfh.com

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