CHRISTIAN, Mary Jane, 92, of Rock Island, Illinois; formerly of Pennsylvania and Brooksville, Florida, passed away Thursday, January 3, 2019 at home with family.
Mary was born May 16, 1926 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She married John A. Christian on July 24, 1965 in Newportville, Pennsylvania. Mary worked as a secretary for various companies over the years and retired from ETS in Princeton, New Jersey. She was a member of Two Rivers United Methodist Church. She enjoyed volunteering her time at the Project Now Senior Center as well as the Saturday meal site at Two Rivers United Methodist Church, both of Rock Island. Mary was passionate about music. She sang in church choirs throughout Pennsylvania and Florida as well as the Delaware Valley Philharmonic Orchestra in Pennsylvania. Her talents went beyond singing, with only three months of piano lessons, Mary could play anything she picked up and it sounded wonderful. Along with music, Mary’s greatest love was her family. She was such a charismatic person who never knew a stranger.
She is preceded in death by her husband, John; parents, Frederick G. Wimmersberger and Mary Cameron Wimmersberger; brothers, Fritz and William Wimmersberger; sister-in-law, Evelyn Wimmersberger; brother-in-law, James Hill. Those left to cherish her memory include her daughter, Ruth Hill of Rock Island, Illinois; grandchildren, Megan Marcus (Dan) and Adam Hill (Sarah); great-grandchildren, Evan and Abigail Marcus and Henry and Hannah Hill; stepchildren, Sherry Smith and John Christian.
A Graveside Service will take place at 11:00am, Friday, January 11, 2019 at Florida National Cemetery, with Revered Doug Zipperer officiating.
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