Mary Marie Sohan, 84, of Maple Park, formerly of Sugar Grove, passed away at her home, surrounded by her family, on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013.
She was born Oct. 13, 1928, in Aurora, the daughter of Morris J. and Helen M. (Martin) Gordon.
Mary grew up on the “family farm” in Sugar Grove and attended local schools both in Sugar Grove and in Aurora.
Mary was united in marriage to Edwin M. Stanton III, with whom she had three children, Nancy A., Edwin IV and Michael G.
In 1973, Mary was introduced to Edwin J. “Ed” Sohan by a mutual friend. On July 14, 1974, Mary and Ed were united in marriage. Not only did their hearts become one, so did their two families, as Ed’s daughter Nancy L. made them a family of six. They made their home on a farm in Maple Park.
Mary worked at Rorry’s, a dress shop at West Plaza in Aurora, for more than 10 years, many of which as the manager. Later, she worked part time at Sosin’s—another dress shop, this time in Sycamore—until Edwin’s passing in 1999.
Mary was a member and past secretary for Ohio Grove Grange, No. 1842. She was also a faithful member of the Sugar Grove United Methodist Church in Sugar Grove, where was a bible school teacher and member of the Women’s Auxiliary, for many years.
Mary’s life was full of family and fun. She took turns leading troops of Cub and Boy Scouts, as well as Brownies and Girl Scouts. She loved to sew clothes and crotchet for family and friends. Her garden was always bright and beautiful, full of tasty vegetables and vibrant flowers. She always had enough love in her heart for anyone and everyone, including those “best friends” who walked on four paws. Her pets became family the instant she laid eyes on them. She will forever be missed and never be forgotten.
She is survived by four children, Edwin M. (Marion) Stanton of Darlington, Wis., Mike (Vickie) Stanton of Sycamore, Nancy L. (Linne) Calkins of Aurora, and Nancy A. Stanton of Sycamore; seven grandchildren, Renee (Terry) Douglas of Mineral Point, Wis., Vance E. (Kathy Reilly) Stanton, Andrew J. (Dianne) Stanton and Casey Stanton, all of Darlington, and Michelle (Michael) Fleming of DeKalb, Sheila (Richard) Stanton-Swanson of Wasco, and Jeneen (Nick) Stading of Hampshire, Ill.; 11 great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild (with another one on the way); many nieces, nephews, cousins and a countryside of friends.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Edwin; her parents, Morris J. and Helen M. Gordon; and two siblings, Donald J. Gordon and Helen G. Ogle.
Visitation was held Wednesday at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. A funeral to celebrate her life and faith will take place at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 17, also at the funeral home. Interment will follow at Sugar Grove Cemetery, Merrill Road, Sugar Grove.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in Mary’s name to benefit her favorite charities. Checks may be made to the “Mary Sohan Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119. Tributes and memories may also be forwarded to the family at the same address of through www.conleycare.com, where you can also find her full-life story.