MADISON - Services for Mary Jo Stephen, 84, of Madison will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Leonard's Catholic Church with burial in the parish cemetery and the Rev. Dermot Dunne officiating. Visitation will be 4-6 p.m. Friday at Resseguie Funeral Home followed by a rosary at 7 p.m. at the church.
She died Monday, March 23, 2009, at Faith Regional Health Services.
Mary Jo was born on the family farm near Madison on July 5, 1924, the daughter of Fred and Mary (Ernst) Stephen. She was raised on the farm and attended Madison County District 56 and St. Leonard's Elementary schools before graduating from Madison High School in 1941. She earned her teaching certificate from Wayne State College and later earned her bachelor's and master's degrees from Wayne State College.
She began her teaching career in Madison County rural schools, including District 8 and District 56. She later taught second grade in Lincoln Elementary School in Norfolk for 32 years before retiring.
Mary Jo had been a lifelong member of St. Leonard's Catholic Church and its guild. Mary Jo was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma Professional Honor Society of women educators.
She was an excellent cook and baker. She enjoyed playing the piano. She loved to travel with her sister, Trudy, throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe.
Mary Jo is survived by her brother, John Stephen of Madison, her nieces and nephews, Kathy and John Berrick of Lincoln, Steve and Tess Bichlmeier of Gilbert, Ill., Karen and John Botbyl of Lawrence, Kan., Karol and Jim Dickson of Ames, Iowa, Jeff Bichlmeier of Madison, Dave and Tammy Bichlmeier of Columbus, Kristi and Dean Dederman of Norfolk and Kim and Greg Coffey of Lincoln.
She is also survived by many great-nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Trudy Bichlmeier.