Mary Jo Klase

October 30, 1937February 24, 2014

Mary Jo Klase passed away in Arlington on Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, surrounded by her loving family and friends after an extended illness. Service: Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Matthew Catholic Church in Arlington. Visitation for family and friends will be held 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday in Moore Funeral Home Chapel, 1219 N. Davis Drive, Arlington, with rosary at 7 p.m. Memorials: In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mary Jo's name to Catholic Charities, Mary Jo was born in Escanaba, Mich., on Oct. 30, 1937, to Thomas Bolger and Kathleen Roddy Bolger. She grew up a "Yooper" (a native of the Michigan Upper Peninsula), graduated from Gladstone High School and moved to Milwaukee, Wis., where she met her husband, Donald "Skip" Klase, in 1957. After a career with Northwest Airlines, she and Skip married Feb. 24, 1962. After the birth of two children, the family moved to Arlington in 1972, where Skip worked at the GM plant in data processing. Mom went back to college in 1975, despite being a full-time mom, wife and student, and graduated summa cum laude with a psychology degree from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1979. In 1987, she achieved her master's degree in religious education from Regis College in Denver, Colo. Mom culminated her vocation as director of Religious Education for the Diocese of Fort Worth from 1983 to 1992 through her avocation of religious education, including positions at University Catholic Community at UTA, St. Maria Goretti, St. Matthews, St. Joseph's and St. Vincent de Paul parishes in Arlington. Mom loved to travel, taking several trips to Europe and the Holy Land, and extensive travels across the U.S. to visit friends and family. She was a wicked bridge player and she and our dad would high-five each other for a week if they won on their monthly Saturday Bridge Club. She had an affinity for lighthouses, was an incredible chef and never missed her children's soccer, baseball, football game or ballet recital. The family would like to thank her best friends Sophie, Rosie, Ginny and Bibi, for their constant vigils through thick and thin - many people do not have one friend like all of you - Mom had four; Dr. Riaz Haider; caregivers Joyce, Etta; the entire staff at Town Hall Estates and the ICU at Medical Center Arlington; and Kindred Hospital, for their loving care of our mom. She was always in the best of hands. Mom was prededed in death by her parents; husband, Skip (1985); one sister, Catherine; and brother, Thomas Jr. Survivors: Sister, Patricia McMahon and brother-in-law, Terry, of Stoddard, N.H.; daughter, Cheryl Klase, son-in-law, John Eder Jr., and granddaughter, Claire Eder, of Dallas; son, Sean Klase of Arlington; sisters-in-law, Mae Klase and Dorothy Langlois of Wisconsin; and many nieces and nephews.


  • Visitation Thursday, February 27, 2014
  • Mass of Christian Burial Friday, February 28, 2014

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Elizabeth Dreiling

March 13, 2014

Sean I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your mother.

Barbara Arroyo

March 4, 2014

my condolences to her family. I last saw Mary Jo at our family reunion. when I was young I thought uncle Skip married Jacquelyn Kennedy's look alike. I will always remember her for the sweet, kind person she was. may you have comfort knowing she is with Skip and God in heaven. Barbara Arroyo

Larry Polzin

February 28, 2014

I will always remeber the beautiful and vibrant woman my Uncle Skip married. Aunt Mary Jo was a kind and loving person and always included my brother Karl and I in outings to Muskego Beach or a picnic in the park. I will hold these memories in my heart and always remember her smile and contageous laughter. Know she is at peace and in good company. Love and Prayers to Cher-bear and Sean...with love from Larry and Donna

February 28, 2014

We are so sorry to hear of Mary Jo's passing. We have many fond memories of Ladies Bridge and Halloween costume parties. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. Ann and Gary Hatch

Carol Aumann

February 27, 2014

I best remember Aunt Mary Jo as being my Uncle Skip's beautiful, cosmopolitan, girlfriend. Oh how I envied her. She was a model besides being an Airline stewardess. She had a full page ad from Boston Store in the Milwaukee Journal, just her in a beautiful suit! I was 10 and she was 20, a world of difference. She was much loved by all of the Klase family, and as a child, she was my idol.

Kathryn Brad

February 27, 2014

Years ago, I had the opportunity to visit Aunt Mary Jo and Uncle Skip in Arlington. We went out to see some sights, including the location of the waterfalls featured in the movie "Logan's Run". After Uncle Skip passed away, I saw her a few times. She came to some of the Klase family reunions, and I saw her in Denver, where she was visiting her nephew, my cousin, Larry Polzin. I know they had a special relationship. Each visit was special, too. She had the most upbeat personality! The Brad family all found her to be a sweet lady. We were blessed to be in the same family. Our hearts go out to her loved ones!
God bless and keep you all,

jason ogletree

February 27, 2014

I'm so sorry to here about your mother Sean. I knew her when I was younger, n you were my big brother. I know she was a great loving woman who could light the world with her love. God bless u all Sean. You and your family. If u ever need to reach me I'm at

Shellie Palmore-Guedry

February 26, 2014

I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your Mother. Love, Prayers & Peace for all of you.

February 26, 2014

Mary Jo was a dear person and friend. Our lives were blessed to have known her.
Jackie, Heather & Holly Halpin

John Eder, Jr.

February 26, 2014

Mary Jo--Thank you for your lovely daughter, Cheryl, and the privilege of building a family with Cheryl and Claire, our little gift from God.