OBITUARY

Mary Jo Van Vactor

July 29, 1931October 14, 2020
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Mary Jo Van Vactor, 89, passed away Wednesday, October, 14, 2020, with her children by her side. Mary Jo retired from GE and loved her volunteerism in the community. Very special to her heart was her work with Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton being an Eucharistic minister, specialized in bereavement counseling, the Franciscan Kitchen, the Parish Council, quilting group, bereavement dinners, and all the picnics and fish fries at the church. She loved to travel having visited Europe and the Vatican. She spent valuable time doing missionary work in Mexico and in Appalachia. Mary Jo was a loving wife and mother and loved by all that knew her.

Mary Jo is preceded in death by her loving husband of 70 years, “Van” L.E.Van Vactor; and her son, Donald Van Vactor.

Left to cherish her memory are her children, Ronald Van Vactor, Cheryl Nowling (Gerald), Johanna Lawson (Larry); 6 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren and 1 on the way.

The Funeral Mass will be Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at 11:00am at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church with visitation on Monday from 4:00pm-8:00pm at Evergreen Funeral Home.

Memorial donations in Mary Jo’s honor should be directed to St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Catholic Charities, or the Franciscan Kitchen.

Please visit www.Evergreen-Louisville.com to share condolences with Mary Jo’s family.

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  • Mary Jo is preceded in death by her loving husband of 70 years, “Van” L.E.Van Vactor; and her son, Donald Van Vactor.
    Left to cherish her memory are her children, Ronald Van Vactor, Cheryl Nowling (Gerald), Johanna Lawson (Larry); 6 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren and 1 on the way.

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Services

  • Visitation

    Monday, October 19, 2020

  • Funeral Mass

    Tuesday, October 20, 2020

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Diane Whelan Stanley

October 20, 2020

Mary Jo was an Angel on Earth. Many years ago, she would take a Priest with her to visit my brother who was dying of an illness. They would visit him every week and bring ice cream. He was blind at the end of his illness, and he so enjoyed Mary Jo visiting. She was a blessing to my mother also and was there the day my brother passed away. I know that she had helped many people during their difficult time. Mr. Whelan (Al) used to tell me that Mary Jo was a "Saint". So many thoughts and prayers are with Mary Jo's family during this time.

Kathleen Murphy Adams

October 19, 2020

Aunt Mary Jo was a truly wonderful human being. I will always remember her beautiful smile and caring spirit. I have always been very thankful to her for coming to Grand Rapids, Michigan for my wedding in 1986. It was a blessing to have her there.

Kayla Gamsky (Koerber)

October 19, 2020

Aunt Mary Jo was such a loving, kind, and selfless woman. I know my Grandma (Ruth Ann) has always loved and valued her sisterhood and friendship over all the years.
My favorite memories of Aunt Mary Jo are times at the lake. Rough River has always been a special place for our family, and Aunt Mary Jo is one of the many reasons why!
We are so sorry for the loss in the VanVactor and Whelan families. We are praying and thinking about you all.
Love, Joe & Kayla Gamsky

Judie Dicken

October 19, 2020

These words of deepest sympathy are sent with the hope that, as time goes by, cherished memories will help bring you inner peace, and make your Mother seem still very close to you. May the memories that mean the most to you live forever in your heart. Author unkown.

Your mother was the first person I spoke with and met at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton when my husband and I moved to our new home in 1995 and I will always remember her kindness and friendship to me then and over the years. Everyone that knew her will miss her very much. Your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

May she rest in peace.

Rev. Tony Smith

October 19, 2020

To the family of Ms. Mary Jo Van Vactor,

I offer my heartfelt condolences for the loss of Ms. Mary Jo. I did not know her, and such is certainly my loss. I am assured of her wonderful reputation, her charitable works, especially her faith and her good ministries to the faithful of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church and the local community. We have lost one of our parish matrons only to gain a protector and guide for our future Gospel living.

May the good Lord receive her with great fanfare and thanksgiving and may the family be consoled with the knowledge that her love for you has not ended but has now increased more abundantly. Call upon her assistance in your need.

Again, I offer my condolences. Unfortunately, given a Covid19 issue, I will not be in attendance at her visitation and funeral, but be assured of my prayers for all, especially at this time of sorrow.

Peace and love In Christ,


Fr. Tony Smith
Administrator Pro Tempore
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church

Sharon Weis

October 18, 2020

Mary Jo was an amazing female role model in the family. She lived life with all her heart and radiated love. She will be sorely missed.

Mary Rondot

October 18, 2020

Please accept my sincerest sympathy. I am so sorry for your loss. Mary Jo was an amazing woman!

We knew Mary Jo through volunteering at The Franciscan Kitchen. We ate lunch together with her dear friends every Wednesday. Mary Jo spoke often of her children, grands, and great-grands. She was so proud of each of you and loved you dearly. She also really loved Reuben sandwiches! She was loved and will be missed at The Franciscan. We loved her very much.

May God bless the VanVactor family,
Mary & Kya Rondot💕


Debbie Ables

October 18, 2020

What an accomplished woman ...Johanna we are so sorry for your loss.

Bridget Hommrich

October 18, 2020

I am so sorry for your loss and I understand your pain, but Mary Jo is with her maker , Van and son. She is in her glory. She was one of my favorite people and gave me much comfort. She made this world a better place. Many prayers for your family as you process this loss. Mary Jo will be in many hearts forever.

Bonnie Hulak

October 18, 2020

A beautiful sister that was always there to listen and comfort you. Love and prayers to all the family.

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Biography

Mary Jo Van Vactor, 89, passed away Wednesday, October, 14, 2020, with her children by her side. Mary Jo retired from GE and loved her volunteerism in the community. Very special to her heart was her work with Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton being an Eucharistic minister, specialized in bereavement counseling, the Franciscan Kitchen, the Parish Council, quilting group, bereavement dinners, and all the picnics and fish fries at the church. She loved to travel having visited Europe and the Vatican. She spent valuable time doing missionary work in Mexico and in Appalachia. Mary Jo was a loving wife and mother and loved by all that knew her.

Mary Jo is preceded in death by her loving husband of 70 years, “Van” L.E.Van Vactor; and her son, Donald Van Vactor.

Left to cherish her memory are her children, Ronald Van Vactor, Cheryl Nowling (Gerald), Johanna Lawson (Larry); 6 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren and 1 on the way.

The Funeral Mass will be Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at 11:00am at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church with visitation on Monday from 4:00pm-8:00pm at Evergreen Funeral Home.

Memorial donations in Mary Jo’s honor should be directed to St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Catholic Charities, or the Franciscan Kitchen.

Please visit www.Evergreen-Louisville.com to share condolences with Mary Jo’s family.

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