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Mary Jane Smith

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Mary was born on October 29, 1922 and passed away on Saturday, December 3, 2011.

Mary was a resident of Sterling, Illinois at the time of passing.

She graduated from Little Flower Elementary School, received her high-school diploma at the age of 16 from the Longwood Academy of Our Lady, and earned a college degree at Chicago Teachers College.

Mary was married to Lawrence.

Visitation is scheduled from 6 until 8 p.m. Thursday at McDonald's Funeral Home in Sterling and from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Friday at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Sterling. A funeral Mass will be said at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Mary's. After burial at Calvary Cemetery in Sterling, a luncheon to celebrate her life will be held at one of Mary Jane's favorite restaurants, the Candlelight Inn in Rock Falls.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Sterling Municipal Band, to Sterling Public Schools/ Washington School, Sterling Park District/Kilgour Park, or to Hospice of the Rock River Valley.