Mary Jean Stonesifer, 81, Infant Welfare and Economy Shop volunteer, gardener

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Mary Jean Stonesifer (nee Snyder), 81, a longtime River Forest resident, died on May 26, 2012 at her sister's home, surrounded by her family. Born on June 14, 1930 in Fairfield, Wis., to Roland (R.C.) and Clura (Diller) Snyder, the family later moved to Maywood, where she graduated from Proviso East High School.

She retired from Forest Insurance Agency where she ran the accounting department. For the last 15 years, Mrs. Stonesifer worked at the Economy Shop operated by the Infant Welfare Society and was a member of the society's circle for many years. She had a knack for party planning and hosting events and holidays at her home. She relaxed by playing tennis in her earlier years as well as participating in a bowling league.

Mrs. Stonesifer loved to travel and her gardening prowess is still evident as her yard is full of the beautiful, colorful perennials that she planted over the years. She loved her pet, Ginger, whom she had for 18 years and her home in River Forest where she had great neighbors whom she cherished.

Mary Jean Stonesifer is survived by her siblings, Connie Smith, Betty Belaski and George (Marilyn) Snyder and her many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. She was preceded in death by Dick, her husband of 31 years; her siblings, Warren (Frances) Snyder and Lola Mae Snyder; and her brothers-in-law, John Belaski and Omar Smith.

The wake was held on June 4 and the funeral on June 5 at Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home in Oak Park, followed by interment at Elmwood Cemetery.

Donations to the Infant Welfare Society of Oak Park are appreciated.


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