Mary Jane Faber (nee Naley) passed away Nov. 24 at Stein Hospice in Sandusky due to complications from a fall. She had resided at Otterbein Senior Living in Marblehead since Oct. 2019.
Mary Jane was born Jan. 10, 1935, in Wilkinsburg, Pa. (a suburb of Pittsburg) to Charles and Daisy (Musick) Naley.
She attended school in the Pittsburg area and was selected for a special art class at Carnegie Melon Art Institute in grade school because of her art talents and abilities. The summer before her senior year in high school, her father was transferred to the Rockwell Manufacturing Plant in Norwalk, where she graduated from Norwalk High School. While having to go to a new high school during senior year in a new state would surely be undaunting and challenging for most teenagers, she took it in stride. She made lots of new friends and loved going to a smaller school. After high school she attended Ohio University.
She worked as the secretary to the Executive Director of the Norwalk Chamber of Commerce. She met her husband Lyle of Sandusky in Jan. 1954. After a whirlwind courtship they were married July 9, 1954. Lyle proceeded her in death July 7, 2020, two days before their 66th wedding anniversary.
To know Jane was to love her. Her laugh and eye twinkling smile lit up a room. Not only was she beautiful outside, but she was a kind and caring person who was beautiful inside as well. She was always grateful and thankful for anything anyone did for her. She made everyone feel special.
In addition to raising three daughters, she was active in the Sandusky community including Women’s Civic Club where she chaired the annual Antique Show, Sandusky Garden Club and Providence Hospital Women’s Board. While on the Women’s Board, she helped with efforts to redecorate the children’s section of the hospital and volunteered at the Hospital gift shop. She did such a good job as a volunteer at the gift shop, she was asked to manage the gift shop at Providence Hospital (now Firelands South Campus Gift Shop). She totally turned the gift shop around adding many new items and increasing the profits that went back to the hospital. In later years she was a bridal consultant for Bridget’s Bridal store in Sandusky, a job she truly enjoyed.
Her interests included gardening (she had a beautiful garden on Scottley Drive where she lived for 60 years), interior decorating (always helping neighbors, friends, and family as well as countless community decorating projects), art projects, reading and travel—she got to travel to France, Germany, a Mediterranean Cruise, Hawaii, Arizona and many more places in the United States as well as a Mission trip to Mexico for Caring Hearts.
In addition to her husband Lyle, she was preceded in death by her parents, an infant son Lyle Jr., her oldest sister Lorraine Wood, and her youngest brother Richard H. Naley, who was killed in Vietnam.
She is survived by daughters Deb Faber Cailor (Bob) Marblehead, Carole Thouvenot (Ken) O’Fallon, Ill., Trish Simpson (John) Ft. Mill S.C., six grandchildren Elizabeth (Christopher) Jacobs; Jeffrey Faber (Ashley) Elchert; Daniel (Ashley) Elchert; Daniel (Mia) Thouvenot; Andrew (Kristi) Thouvenot; and Joseph (Amanda) Thouvenot; and 13 great grandchildren. In addition, she is survived by a sister Daisy McKamish (Harold) of Pittsburgh, brother, Charles Naley (Linda) of Morganton, Ga. and numerous nieces and nephews.
At her wish she was cremated. Interment will be at Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum, 2020 Sanford St., Sandusky on Saturday, Dec. 11 at 11 a.m. followed by a celebration of life at the Sandusky Yacht Club.
The family would like to thank Otterbein Marblehead SeniorLife Community for their care of Jane the past two years and Stein Hospice Care Center for their guiding hand during her final days.
The family asks that in lieu of flowers donations be made in Mary Jane’s memory to Stein Hospice Care Center, 1200 Sycamore Line, Sandusky, OH 44870 or to the gift shop at Firelands Medical Center in care of Foundation for Firelands, 1111 Hayes Ave, Sandusky, OH 44870 (annotate gift shop in memory of Mary Jane Faber on check/with donation) or to the charitable organization of choice.
Arrangements entrusted to the David F Koch Funeral & Cremation Services, 520 Columbus Ave, Sandusky. Your memories and words of comfort may be shared with Mary Jane’s family at davidfkoch.com.