Mary Jane “Janie” Barber, 88, passed away peacefully on June 20, 2012 in Sonoma, Calif.
Mary Jane was born on Feb. 18, 1924 in Mineral Point, Wis.to Charles and Kathryn (Scanlon) Colleran. She was the second of three Colleran children. Raised in Minnesota, Mary Jane graduated from Loretto High School in Caledonia. While her brother William went to college and then enlisted in the Navy, she and her mother and sister Patricia followed their father to Long Beach, Calif. during WWII. While working as a “Rosie the Riveter” at Douglas aircraft she met her future husband William “Bill” Barber. Once the war was over Janie and Bill were married at Saint Anthony’s in Long Beach on Nov. 22, 1945.
Mary Jane was always active in giving service to her church and community. She was an active member of St. Dominic Savio in Bellflower, Calif. and in 1988 moved to Sonoma where she continued her work at St. Leo’s. She was a part of several Sonoma activities including Questors and was active in women’s guild, Hibernians and a volunteer at the Church Mouse.
Mary Jane is survived by her husband Bill; sister, Patricia Radomski; children: Catherine, Charles and John; grandchildren: Jeff, William, Hannah, Erin, Allisa, Delia and Cami; and her great-granddaughter, Annabelle. She is also survived by many loved nieces, nephews and godchildren. Local relatives include McCauleys of Winona and Brownsville, her Scanlon cousins and Aggie Tippery, Hokah and her sister Ella Mae Humm, La Crosse.
Friends are invited to attend a memorial mass on Tuesday, June 26, 2012 at 11 a.m. at St. Leo’s Catholic Church, 660 West Agua Caliente Road, Sonoma, CA 95476. Inurnment immediately following mass at Mountain Cemetery .
Arrangements and services handled by Duggan’s Mission ChapelSonoma.