Mary Jane's Obituary
Mary Jane was born in Sperry OK July 25, 1919. She was the daughter of Albert L. Kraft and Blanche G. Leach. She grew up in the oil fields of Oklahoma. She began elementary school in the Carter Nine oil field in Osage County. From there the family moved to oil fields in Sasakwa, Oilton and Drumright. She was part of the 1938 class of Drumright High School. She did post graduate work at the Monte Casino boarding school in Tulsa and went on to business school in Cushing, OK. In 1941, Mary Jane moved to Chicago and accepted a position as a secretary with Allstate Insurance. She was relocated to Seattle, WA. when Allstate opened a new branch office. After her return to Chicago in 1946 she worked for Maryland Casualty Company where she met and married James A. Freely, recently returned from service in WW II and an adjuster with the company. Mary and James had three children; Michael, Kevin and Patrick. After the death of James in 1974, Mary Jane began working for the Dartnell Company in Chicago as an executive secretary. Retiring from Dartnell around 1998. Mary Jane’s volunteer work was far reaching. She was a Den Mother with the Cub Scout Pack from Our Lady of Lourdes, she was also one of the “cafeteria ladies” at Our Lady of Lourdes. She knitted caps for premature babies with the March of Dimes Care Program, was a secretary for her local AARP Chapter, was a member of the Saint Gregory Women’s Club and became a volunteer for the 24th District of the Chicago Police Department. She has received several honors for her dedicated work. She received certificates of recognition for her work at the C.P.D. 24th District in 1999 and 2003, along with their attendance awards from the C.P.D. in 2004, 2005 and 2006. In 2007, she received a service award from the March of Dimes for her baby cap knitting work. In 2000 she was awarded the Citizen Recognition Award from the C.P.D. “CAPS” program. She was honored to have been awarded the Illinois State Triad Senior Citizen Award also in 2002. Preceding her in death were her husband James, her oldest son Michael, his wife Susan (Knorowski) and her sisters, Ruth Wilson, Helen Lytle and Frances Merz. Surviving Mary Jane are her sons Kevin (Nancy), Patrick (Linda); her grandchildren, James P. Freely, Natalie (R. Dodge) Daverman , Patrick J. Freely., Michael D. Freely, and James A. Freely; and her great grandchildren Dodge, Claire and James Daverman and Emma Freely.
Memorial mass is 10 AM Saturday July 27, 2019 at St. Mary of the Annunciation Church 22333 West Erhart Rd. Mundelein, IL.