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Mary Jean Obey

March 10, 1940 - November 11, 2017

Mary Jean Marshall Obey was born March 10, 1940 in Westfield, Wisconsin and passed away peacefully on November 11, 2017. She grew up in Wisconsin on a farm, where she developed her love for animals. She always had horses, and dogs growing up. She met her husband Elt at the University of Wisconsin at Madison on a blin…read more

Mary Jean Marshall Obey was born March 10, 1940 in Westfield, Wisconsin and passed away peacefully on November 11, 2017. She grew up in Wisconsin on a farm, where she developed her love for animals. She always had horses, and dogs growing up. She met her husband Elt at the University of Wisconsin at Madison on a blind date. They were married in 1960 and moved to Chicago, IL where Elt got a job. Eventually they settled in Palatine, IL where they raised their two children. Mary was very involved within her community, volunteering for the church in the bereavement ministry, Joyful Again Weekends, Christ Renews His Parish, bringing communion to people in their homes etc., coaching soccer, working with the campfire girls, and the scouts. She also worked outside of the home at Brunswick bowl, where she taught learn to bowl classes, and set up leagues. She was very musical, and played the saxophone, the guitar, the banjo, and sang, performing at nursing homes and parades with many Dixieland banjo bands. She often said “I wouldn’t know what I would do without my faith and my music.” She loved to play and watch sports. She was an avid Green Bay Packers and Cubs fan. After the death of her husband Elt in 1986, she began working with her friend Rae Pistone, and helped facilitate a support group for the widowed called Begin Again, and then Movin On, for which she facilitated for 25 years. She also wrote a column in “The Senior Connection”, a monthly newsletter that newsletter about grief support, and delivered the papers herself to local churches and restaurants for 19 years. Included in her volunteer service were many weekend retreats for people dealing with the loss of a loved one, called Handling the Holidays. She often said “It would not have been a ministry that I would have chosen, but there was a need, so I would do what was needed.” It gave her great purpose and she developed many long lasting friendships, and helped countless people go through the grieving process. She also took care of her grandchildren after they were born, and had a very special bond with each of them. She is survived by her daughter Laurie (Bob) Bartlett, and her son Steven (Diane) Obey, her grandchildren, Justin, Daniel, and Eva Bartlett, and many nieces, nephews, friends, and family. She is preceded in death by her parents, Ren and Illa Marshall, her brothers Vern and Jack Marshall, and her husband Elton Obey. Visitation Thursday Nov. 16th from 3-9 pm at Smith-Corcoran Funeral Home, 185 E Northwest Hwy, Palatine, IL 60067 and from 9 am until time of mass at 10 am at St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 1201 E Anderson Dr, Palatine, IL 60074, Friday Nov. 17th. Interment private. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to St. Thomas of Villanova Church, or Young at Heart Senior Pet Rescue, Young at Heart PO Box 1293, Palatine IL 60078, 847.529.2025. Info 847-359-8020 or visit Mary’s memorial at smithcorcoran.com.

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Visitation Information

Date: Thursday, November 16, 2017

Time: 3:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Smith-Corcoran Palatine Chapel

185 E. Northwest Hwy
Palatine, IL 60067

Date: Friday, November 17, 2017

Time: 9:00 am - 10:00 am

St. Thomas of Villanova

1201 E Anderson
Palatine, IL 60067

Service Information

Date: Friday, November 17, 2017

Time: 10:00 am

St. Thomas of Villanova

1201 E Anderson
Palatine, IL 60067

Cemetery Information

Private Interment


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