Mary Jo Kaspar, 75, Kokomo, died at 1:10 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013, at Our Hospice of South Central Indiana, Columbus. She was born July 31, 1938, in Kokomo, the daughter of Charles J. and Dorothy (Keith) McHale. On Oct. 13, 1979, at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, she married Edward Kaspar Jr., who preceded her in death on Jan. 11, 2010.
Mary Jo was a 1956 graduate of Kokomo High School. She retired from Delco Electronics in 1991 after 35 years of employment. She was a lifetime member of St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church and a former member of the St. Joan of Arc Archive Ministry. She was an avid genealogist and a member of the Howard County Genealogical Society. She volunteered at the Howard County Library, was a member of the Mental Health Association of Howard County and the Hospital Cheer Guild. Mary Jo was a longtime Purdue football and basketball season ticket holder and a former member of the John Purdue Club. Mary Jo was well-known for her well-received letters to the editors of both local papers.
Mary Jo is survived by her son, Jim Kaspar and his wife Susan; grandchildren, Lindsay Kaspar and Justin Kaspar, all of Columbus; brother, Patrick McHale and his wife Gloria, Kokomo; two nieces, Julie McHale, Chicago, Ill., Beth (McHale) Meskis and her husband Mike, Fishers; two great-nieces, Lauren Meskis and Julia Meskis, Fishers; brother, Mike McHale, Kokomo; several cousins on the McHale and Keith side of the family.
She was preceded in death by her parents and husband.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, 3155 S. 200 West, with the Rev. Father Mike McKinley the celebrant. Entombment will follow in Sunset Memory Gardens. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday at Shirley & Stout Funeral Home & Crematory Lincoln Road Chapel, 1315 W. Lincoln Road, and one hour prior to the Mass on Saturday. A Scripture service will be observed at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church or to the Poor Clares Monastery or to the charity of the donor’s choice. Messages of condolence may be left online at www.shirleyandstout.com.