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“My heartfelt sympathy goes out to Linda Ellen and Mary Louise, as they say goodbye to their mother. MJ was the coolest adult I knew when I was...Read More »
1 of 36 | Posted by: Linda Burton - Grand Rapids, MI

2 of 36 | Posted by: Barbara Engstrom/David Rowe - PA

“To have known MJ through the GFS Office Services, was one of the most special life experiences I have ever had. Mary Jane was one of God's Angels...Read More »
3 of 36 | Posted by: Karl & Kathy Chapman - Rockford, MI

“John, Linda and family, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Our neighborhood will deeply miss Mary Jane , We will miss her walking...Read More »
4 of 36 | Posted by: Collette Gitchel - Wyoming, MI

“I had the privilage of getting to know Mary Jane over the last four years at GFS. It was always a treat to see her in the office because I knew no...Read More »
5 of 36 | Posted by: Frank Geier

“Mrs Mary Jane was such a wonderful woman. She made crosses for my children and she always loved my hair. She knew so many people at work by name and...Read More »
6 of 36 | Posted by: Nicky - coworker

“As a child you and your gracious family played such huge rolls in my life. Your grandsons and I built a lot of great memories in our past. And as I...Read More »
7 of 36 | Posted by: Juan Nunez - Grandville, MI

“Linda and family,My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Am so glad I got to know your Mom she has a big heart and such a amazing lady,...Read More »
8 of 36 | Posted by: Juliet Townsend - Grand Rapids, MI

“I remember the day Linda Wycoff introduced me to her mom, who worked at GFS like myself. Linda is a dear friend and when I met Mary Jane I thought...Read More »
9 of 36 | Posted by: Sue Keyes - Byron Center, MI

“Linda & Family, My heart is heavy with the loss of my wonderful friend! However my soul is joyous as I know the angels held a special celebration...Read More »
10 of 36 | Posted by: Cindy Newman - Grand Rapids, MI

“What a beautiful lady. She could light up a room like no one else. I will always cherish the memory of her happy face. I truly loved this woman. ...Read More »
11 of 36 | Posted by: Mary-Kay Camp

“During the 5 years I spent with GFS, there was not a single day I did not look forward to seeing Mary Jane's bright smile. She always managed to...Read More »
12 of 36 | Posted by: Jessica (Butcher) Corwin - MI

“I did not have the honor of meeting Mrs. Mary Jane Engstrom but my mother spent her last days at the same hospital during the same time. I had the...Read More »
13 of 36 | Posted by: Liza Murrieta - Grand Rapids, MI

“Mary and I always joked around about our names at GFS. We always talked about the bible every moring when she came in to work and also we prayed...Read More »
14 of 36 | Posted by: Jesus ( Jessie ) Lopez - MI

“A glorious days when the angels rejoice that Mary Jane has come home. Their gain is definitely our loss. No matter how bad a day I may have been...Read More »
15 of 36 | Posted by: Neil Moore - Kent City, MI

“What a special lady! She will be greatly missed! Sara Carter ”
16 of 36 | Posted by: Sara Carter - Grandville, MI

“Linda and Mary, Your mom will sadly be missed by the Office Services department. We all enjoyed hearing MJ's stories and appreciated her sharing...Read More »
17 of 36 | Posted by: Marvonne Morales - Grand Rapids, MI

“She brought a smile to my face every day when I worked at GFS. She will be missed. I love ya MJ's. ”
18 of 36 | Posted by: Shelly Lillie - Greenville, MI

“Mary Jane had a contagious smile and brought a sense of energy and optimism to countless conversations. I enjoyed our many discussions on faith,...Read More »
19 of 36 | Posted by: Ryan Curtis - Grand Rapids, MI

“Heaven has gained a faithful servant, and the Gordon Food Service family has lost one. There are so many here that looked forward to seeing Mary Jane...Read More »
20 of 36 | Posted by: Jon Krueger

“Praise God for the great joy that MJ brought to all whom she encountered. She was a woman filled with love - love for her family and friends, and her...Read More »
21 of 36 | Posted by: Maureen Hanley - Grand Rapids, MI

“MJ's smile was best make-up she put on and she never needed to "reapply". She was a great asset to the GFS mail team with the smiles and warm...Read More »
22 of 36 | Posted by: Sheri Giffin - Woodland, MI

“Our days in the office were always brighter when Mary Jane would stop by with our mail. We would steal away a few minutes to catch up on life or get...Read More »
23 of 36 | Posted by: Linda Gray - MI - Co-Worker

“Mary Jane you will be sadly missed, You alway's had a smile on your face and a kind word to say. You lived life to the fullest and had fun along the...Read More »
24 of 36 | Posted by: Brenda Sova - wyoming, MI

“I love you Grandma and i will miss you everyday but i know you will be with us all. Thank you for everything. I will miss you feeding me everytime i...Read More »
25 of 36 | Posted by: Ray Bug - Grand Rapids, MI

“To my Beautiful Queen, Where do I begin... There is so much that can be said but my words nor my heart will allow me to convey them at this time but...Read More »
26 of 36 | Posted by: Troy Heintzelman - Grand Rapids, MI

“What a wonderful slide show of you kids and her. She was so very special. Her smile alone can take your troubles away just viewing it,she always had...Read More »
27 of 36 | Posted by: Noele Smith - Byron Center, MI

“I will never forget Mary Jane. She was the neatest lady. I admired her adherence to the old school Roman Catholicism. I will miss the constant...Read More »
28 of 36 | Posted by: Danny Orris - Kentwood, MI

“Dear Linda, Mary and Family - I truly will miss the happy go-lucky attitude, her honesty and her smile. Mary Jane always reminded me of Edith Bunker...Read More »
29 of 36 | Posted by: Craig Skinner Sr - Grand Rapids, MI

“Know that all of the family are in our thoughts and prayers. She will be so missed. She was one of the people in my life that I thought would...Read More »
30 of 36 | Posted by: Paula Sova - Wyoming, MI

“I will always remember Mary Jane's smile. When I think of her, her smile just pops into my head. She ALWAYS had such a good outlook on life and (as...Read More »
31 of 36 | Posted by: Carol Korf - Orleans, MI - Friend

“If tears could build a stairway and memories a lane I'd walk up to heaven and bring you home again. I love you now and always, you will always be...Read More »
32 of 36 | Posted by: Angelica White - Paden, OK

“Mary Jane has such a fun laugh and she laughed often. She has found another happiness now and is with many others who have loved her. My...Read More »
33 of 36 | Posted by: Kathy Kranz - Bloomington, MN

“I'm so sorry for your loss. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. ”
34 of 36 | Posted by: Trina Brown - Paden, OK - Friend

“May god bless you on your trip to Heaven. ”
35 of 36 | Posted by: Michael - Chicago, IL

“I'm so very sorry I love all of you ”
36 of 36 | Posted by: starsky whit - paden, OK

ENGSTROM – Mrs. Mary Jane Engstrom (MJ), aged 79 of Wyoming, went to be with the Lord, Thursday, November 22, 2012. She was preceded in death by her adoptive parents, Lyle and Florence Salisbury, birth mother, Jennie Reno, brothers, Danny and Joseph Reno.

Surviving are her husband, John Engstrom; children, Mary (Robert) Hoogerhyde, Linda (Urban Munguia) Wycoff; grandchildren, Matthew (Tammy Thompson) Skinner, Myriah Swarthout, Troy Heintzelman, Christopher Heintzelman, Raphael Heintzelman, Angelica (Starsky) White, Bobby (Jessica) Hoogerhyde Jr., Rachael (Jacque Robinson) Hoogerhyde; great grandchildren, Destany, Desiree, Kaleb, Kayla, Kylee, Madilynn, Melanie, Leticia, Christian, Cali, Preston, Colten, Tynslee, Jensen, Noah, Jayden, Marissa; brothers, Richard Salisbury, Robert (Mary Ann) Cook; sisters, Judy Reno, Virginia Reno; several nieces and nephews.

Mary was a member of the Altar Society at St. Dominic's where she was a long time member. She also was a member of Our Lady of the Roses Shrine, These Last Days Ministries, and C.U.F.F. Mary's hobbies were her gardening, flowers and making crosses. She will be remembered for her love of her family and the joy her family brought to her. She also enjoyed working part time with her Gordon Food Service family for the past eleven years.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, November 27, 2012 at St. Dominic Catholic Church, 50 Bellevue St. SW with Rev. Charles R. Dautremont as celebrant. Interment Resurrection Cemetery. The family will greet relatives and friends Sunday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. and Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. and one hour prior to the service at church. Prayers of the Rosary will be recited 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Please join Mary Jane's family for a time of sharing stories and memories, 7:00 p.m. Monday during visitation.

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Memorial contributions may be made in Mary's name to St. Dominic's.