Marie Jean “MJ” Jones (nee Beetel), 45, of Riverside, died at her home on May 30, 2011 after a four-year battle against breast cancer.
Born April 8, 1966 in Trenton, N.J., she excelled in field hockey, lettering and serving as captain of the field hockey team at University of Notre Dame. After graduating she embarked on a career in publishing, working for University of Notre Dame Press, Noble Press and Loyola Press.
Her greatest accomplishment, according to family, was working closely with the late Joseph Cardinal Bernardin on the publication of his book on life and death, The Gift of Peace.
Thirteen years ago, Ms. Jones put her publishing career on hold when she gave birth to triplets. Four-and-a-half years ago she was diagnosed with stage four breast cancer. But family members say she thrived, traveling extensively and forming lasting memories with family and friends. She also spent countless hours mentoring other women who had been diagnosed with breast cancer, serving as a positive witness to others in their struggles.
Ms. Jones is survived by her husband, David Matthew Jones; her children, Allyson Reilly Jones, Brendan Kerry Jones and Ryan Joseph Jones; her mother, Dorothea (the late Robert John Jr.) Beetel; her brothers, Kevin (Mary Beth) Beetel, Kerry (Karen) Beetel and Robert Beetel; her father-in-law, Donald L. Jones; her brothers-in-law, Mike Jones and Doug Jones; and her sister-in-law, Jill Jones.
A funeral Mass was celebrated June 3 at St. Mary Church in Riverside. Interment was at Upper Springfield Township Cemetery in New Jersey.
Memorial donations are appreciated to the MJ Shining Stars, 300 N. Delaplaine Road, Riverside, Ill. 60546, a 501c3 foundation dedicated to help children afford a Catholic education at St. Mary of Riverside and St. Mary of Bordentown, N.J., schools.
Hitzeman Funeral Home, Brookfield, handled arrangements.