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Obituary: Mary Jean C. Pettinger, North Vernon


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Mary Jean C. Pettinger, 90, of North Vernon, passed away on Wednesday, March 12, 2014, at her residence.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted at 10:00 a.m. Monday, March 17, 2014, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in North Vernon. Rev. Jerry Byrd will officiate. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Sunday at Sawyer-Pickett Funeral & Cremation Service in North Vernon. Rosary service will be held at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Vernon Cemetery.

Born September 16, 1923, in Omaha, NE, Mary Jean was the daughter of the late Leo and Cecil (Davisson) Herbert. She graduated from Omaha Technical High School and attended the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She married William H. Pettinger on June 15, 1946. He preceded her in death on July 8, 2004.

Mary Jean had previously been employed as an executive secretary for the Red Cross. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, was a sponsor of Sierra Club and Friends of the Library, and enjoyed playing bridge, reading, traveling, sewing, painting and gardening.

Survivors include a son, Bob (Roita) Pettinger of North Vernon; grandchildren, Annette (Aaron) Jobe of Columbus and Craig (Rebecca) Pettinger of North Vernon; and great-grandchildren, Alex Jobe and Luke and Kylie Pettinger.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and a brother, Robert Herbert.

Memorials may be made through the funeral home to St. Mary’s Catholic Church, St. Mary’s Project Share, or the Jennings County Public Library.

Friends and family are invited to light a candle or leave a message of condolence in Mary Jean’s memory at www.sawyerfuneralservice.com.

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