Mary Jane Klinger Mary Jane Klinger, a longtime DuPage County Health Department Nursing Division director, formerly of Wheaton, IL, passed away Nov. 30, 2012, at the age of 86. Born June 22, 1926, in Elgin, and later making Wheaton her home, Mary Jane worked for the DuPage County Health Department for nearly 30 years beginning in 1961. She became director of the nursing division in 1977, and held the position until her retirement in 1991. She earned a B.S.N. from the University of Minnesota and a M.P.H. from the University of Michigan. Other work included training school at St. Joseph's Hospital in Elgin, staff position at Peoria CityCounty Health Department, nurse at Harvard School District, and county nurse for the Boone County Health Council. Mary Jane held leadership positions in many professional organizations including: Illinois Public Health Association, DuPage-McHenry Lung Association, Community Nursing Services Board of DuPage County, and was an adjunct faculty member at the University of Illinois College of Nursing. While DuPage County Health Department's Nursing Division director, Mary Jane and her staff won state and national awards for new ways of delivering health services to clients. The Nursing Division worked to create DuPage Physicians' medical referral program, dental referral program and a prenatal program for low-income women. She was preceded in death by beloved parents, Anna and Alfred Klinger of Elgin, IL; and brother-in-law, Roger Miller of Placentia, CA. Mary Jane is survived by her dear sister, Eileen (the late Roger) Miller of Placentia, CA and by her dear brother, James (Barbara) Klinger of Milwaukee; 11 cherished nieces and nephews; as well as 14 great-nieces and great-nephews. Visitation will be at 10 a.m., with a funeral Mass at 11 a.m., both at Alexian Village, 9301 N. 76th St., Milwaukee. In lieu of flowers, memorials to and/or Alexian Village of Milwaukee, appreciated. For information, Feerick Funeral Home, Shorewood, WI, 414-962-8383.

Published in Chicago Suburban Daily Herald from Dec. 6 to Dec. 7, 2012