Marijo Kathleen O'Connor LeVan
October 27, 1936 - February 19, 2014
Marijo Kathleen O'Connor LeVan passed away on February 19, 2014. At the time of her passing, she was surrounded by her family, her loving husband Jerry, her two daughters, Katie and Paulie, her son, Mike, son-in-law, David and her brother-in-law Brian.
Marijo is preceded in passing by her mother and father, Genevieve and Edward O'Connor, her youngest brother Father Steven O'Connor, sister-in-law Maria O'Connor, and brother-in-law Jerry Pivonka. She is survived by her husband Jerry, her eldest daughter Katie Lilly with husband David Lilly and son Jeremy Sommers, her youngest daughter Paulie with sons Tucker and Brock Shively, and her son Mike with wife Amy and son Garret. She is also survived by her sister Barbara (Jerry) and her brothers Larry with his wife Beth, Jim (Maria), and Edward with his wife Alyce, and brother-in-law, Brian LeVan, as well as numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews whom she adored.
Marijo led a long, successful life. She graduated from Spring Hill College in 1959 with a degree in mathematics. She then proceeded on to the University of Florida, obtaining her PhD in 1964 followed immediatley with a tenure track position. While in Gains-ville, Marijo and Jerry celebrated the birth of their daughters, Katie and Paulie.
In 1967, they moved to Cape Girardeau, MO after Marijo and Jerry accepted tenure track positions at Southeast Missouri State. During their two years there, they also celebrated the birth of their son. In 1969, Marijo and Jerry arrived on the campus of Eastern Kentucky University where they stayed until their retirement in 2002.
While at Eastern, Marijo successfully published over 30 articles. She was also an esteemed and beloved teacher and also served as the chairperson of the Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science department for a number of years.
As successful as she was in her profession, her greatest success was in the home. She leaves a house that she built out of love. She loved spending time in her gardens, reading books, watching musicals, and playing with her cats. Above all, she valued her time when the entire family could come together as one to laugh and to love. We all look forward to the day when we can all come together again.
Marijo was able to remain in her beloved Richmond, Kentucky home four extra years due to the loving care of Maxine Freeman prior to her moving to the Haven in Pensacola, Florida.
A Memorial Mass will be held today at The Haven of Our Lady of Peace at 9:15 am in the Chapel followed by a reception in the dining area. The family is grateful to the Haven staff for becoming part of her family this last year of her life.
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Published in Pensacola News Journal on Feb. 22, 2014