Mary-Jo Van Dran

TOULON – Mary-Jo Van Dran, 70, of Toulon, passed away on Thursday, April 4, 2019, at 9:47 a.m. at Methodist Medical Center in Peoria.

Mary-Jo was born Dec. 11, 1948, in Peoria, the daughter of Russ and Shirley (Ball) Lindenfelser. She married Russ Van Dran on Oct. 28, 1967, in Peoria; he survives.

Also surviving are one son, Joe (Liz) Van Dran of LaFayette; four grandchildren, Nathan Van Dran, Bryce LaFollett, Jakab Wright and Payten Wright; one sister, Sandy Ochs of Peoria and her two children, Janet and Michelle; many nieces and nephews; and one uncle, Tom Lindenfelser. She is preceded in death by both of her parents.

Mary-Jo obtained an associate’s degree from Blackhawk College and was a machinist at the former Breeze, Inc. in Wyoming, and most recently worked as a teacher’s aide at Henry-Stark School District. She was a 37 year member of Al-Anon, who loved traveling the United States and rode mules with her family. She received a 15-year buckle for continuous attendance for Cross Country Trail Ride in Eminence, Mo.

Her funeral was April 8, 2019, at the First Congregational Church of Toulon. Burial was in Toulon Cemetery. Visitation was April 7 at Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Toulon.

Memorial contributions may be made to Rock Steady Boxing – Peoria or to the donor’s choice.

Online condolences may be left for Mary-Jo’s family on her tribute wall at

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