Mary Jane Kline, age 96, passed away at home surrounded by her loving family, on Sunday, February 28, from a rare and aggressive form of Leukemia.
Mary Jane was born on October 2, 1924 in Ellet, Ohio.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 67 years, Harold (Pete); son, Rick Kline; son-in-law, Rick Jones; parents, Mayme and Fred May; sister and brother-in-law, Rita and John Wise; brothers and sisters-in-law, Glen and Betty May, Leon and Irene May; and brother-in-law, Ray Rodenbucher.
She is survived by her children, Barb Jones (Pete Seminaroti) of Green, Jane (Don) Benner, Margie (Shel) McDougal, Ron Kline, Russ (Traci) Kline and Laura (John) Heater, all of Suffield. She leaves behind ten grandchildren, Greg (Lindsey), Paul (Carolyn), David (Karen) Benner, Sara (Ben) Schreiber, Nathan (Ashley Schweigert) Jones, Doug (Lauren Tomlinson) and Jeff (Kate) McDougal, Jessica and Matt (Maria DeGregory) Heater, and Andrew Kline; as well as great grandchildren, Rachel, Weston, Barrett, Jack, Meredith, Kathryn, Emily and Daisy Benner, Ally Schreiber, Lindsay and Adam McDougal; brother and sister-in-law Don and Dolly May; sister, Shirley Rodenbucher; and many loving nieces, nephews and cousins. Mary Jane had many friends as she was a friend to all. Special thanks are extended to long-time friend, Mary Gregory, Dr. Michael Hill and the Summa Hospice staff, particularly Gina, for her compassionate care.
Mary Jane attended St. Joseph School and graduated from Randolph High School in 1942. Mary Jane and Pete were married in August of 1950. They were both faithful and lifetime members of St. Joseph
Catholic Church. She received the St. Joseph Honorary Alumni Award in 2014. Mary Jane was active in the St. Joseph women’s bowling league, mixed euchre clubs, her neighborhood birthday club, and the Portage Dairy 4-H club. She enjoyed vegetable and flower gardening, canning and freezing her produce, watching her grandchildren at their 4-H and sporting events, sending greeting cards to parishioners/family/friends, and watching Jeopardy, the Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Cavaliers and the Ohio State basketball team. She was an avid supporter of the Portage County Fair and attended most fairs since the 1930’s. Mary Jane and Pete were proudly named the Portage County Randolph Fair Senior King and Queen in 2016.
Friends and family are invited to honor Mary Jane on Friday, March 5th from 4 to 7 p.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 2643 Waterloo Road, Mogadore, (Randolph) Ohio 44260. Please wear a mask and follow the appropriate social distancing guidelines when inside the church. Visitation will also be available Saturday, March 6th from 9:30 a.m. until a Mass of Christian Burial promptly begins at 11:00 a.m. with Fr. Thomas Acker, S.J. presiding. The family understands if you are not comfortable attending due to COVID. For those unable to attend, the service will be live streamed on Hopkins Lawver Facebook Page. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to Portage Dairy 4-H Club, St. Joseph Catholic Church, or Suffield Fire Department.