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Obituary: Mary Jane J. Bridges, Lafayette


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Mary Jane J. Bridges, 90, of Lafayette, formerly of Columbus, died at 11:59 a.m. Friday, August 1, 2014, at St. Anthony Health Care. She was born March 13, 1924, in Staples, MN, to the late Francis and Cecilia Jaeger. She graduated from Staples High School in Minnesota and then went on to St. Alexis School of Nursing in Bismarck, North Dakota. She completed the four-year program and worked as a registered nurse for over fifty years in Louisiana, Georgia, Florida and Indiana.

She married James A. Bridges in August 1948 and had 11 children, 19 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. She was a past parishioner of St. Bartholomew Catholic Church in Columbus. Mary Jane was a very devout and spiritual person and considered her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren her most precious gifts.

Surviving are her children, Janey Toleman (Randy) of Lafayette, Tim Bridges of Charlotte, NC, Kevin Bridges (Lara) of Atlanta, GA, Joe Bridges (Diane) of Snellville, GA, and Brian Bridges (Kristin) of Hope, IN, as well as grandchildren, Connor and Patrick (Hannah and great-grandchildren Jasper and Piper) of Columbus, IN. Also surviving are siblings Eileen O'Brien (James) of Fort Worth, TX, Rosemarie Hahn of Crystal, MN, Margaret Lavell (Frank) of Lancaster, PA, and Frank Jaeger (Joyce) of Anoka, MN. She was preceded in death by her husband James and six sons, Sean, Patrick, Jim, Mark, Bill and Peter; her parents, Francis and Cecilia Jaeger; and two brothers, Francis and Tom.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, August 8, 2014, at St. Thomas Aquinas in West Lafayette.

In lieu of flowers, you may send donations to St. Elizabeth Hospice or St. Ann’s Church and Shrine, both in Lafayette

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