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Mary Jane Rawson

Thornton - Mary Jane Rawson, 77, of Sheffield, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday, December 27, 2017 at the home farm. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m., Saturday, January 6, 2018, at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, Thornton, with Rev. Rhea Evanson presiding. Interment will be at Hillside Cemetery, Sheffield. Visitation will be 4:00 - 7:00 p.m, Friday, January 5, 2018 at Retz Funeral Home, 107 N. 2nd Street, Thornton. Memorials may be directed to St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in her memory.

Mary Jane was born in Swaledale, Iowa on August 31, 1940, a daughter of Louie and Reva (Tice) Peters. Mary Jane attended Swaledale High School. She graduated from Mason City Junior College and finished her teaching degree at Drake University. She taught in Kanawha, Ankeny and Washington, Iowa. She left teaching to raise her three daughters in Newton, returning to northern Iowa in 1974.

Mary Jane was united in marriage with Mike Rawson on January 13, 1978. They established their home where they raised their family in Thornton. During these years 'MJ' devoted 25 years of invaluable service to Opportunity Village in Clear Lake, where she retired from.

Mary Jane is survived by her children: Randy (Barb) Rawson, John's Island, SC; LeeAnn Rawson, Charleston, SC; Kris (TJ) Guzzi, Altoona; Shari (Michael) Rudawski, West Des Moines; Stacy (Adivino) Vasquez, Ankeny; Steve (Faith) Peters, Rockwell; grandchildren: Miranda Rawson; Ellyse Rogers; Jimmy Guzzi, Sam Schmida; Ethan Rogers; siblings: Tootie (Daryl) Buchholz, Swaledale; Gray (Karen) Peters, Ventura; Bev (Ron) Behr, Rockwell; sisters-in-law: Nancy Peters, and Priscilla Scholten, and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and extended family.

Mary Jane is preceded in death by her parents, Louie and Reva Peters, husband Mike, brother, Lynn Peters and grandson Colby Rawson. Mary Jane's life was a blessing, her memory a treasure, and she is loved beyond words and will be missed beyond measure.

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Published in Des Moines Register from Jan. 4 to Jan. 5, 2018
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