Mary Jane DEVALK

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Bring's Broadway Chapel
6910 East Broadway Boulevard
Tucson, AZ

DEVALK, Mary Jane 86, Mary Jane DeValk, age 86 of Tucson, completed a life well lived on Thursday, September 14, 2017. She was born to the late Arnold Lee Hendrickson and the late Wilma Everroad Hendrickson on February 6, 1931. Known as "Janie" to her friends, she attended Saint Agnes Academy High School, before attending Butler University in Indianapolis, IN, where she was a member of Alpha Chi Omega sorority. While at Butler, she met and fell in love with her lifelong partner, C. Edward DeValk, and the two were married in 1952. A quick family followed over the next seven years with the family welcoming three sons, David, Doug, and Donald by 1960. Following short stints in Speedway, IN, Bay Village, OH, Lexington, NC, and La Crescenta, CA the family moved "home" to Tucson, AZ in 1965. With the boys in school, Mary Jane undertook her professional calling in 1968 by joining the faculty at Salpointe Catholic High School. In addition to her teaching duties, in 1974 Mary Jane took on the role of Dean of Women, a job which kept her busy, managing student decorum and working with parents of students who violated school rules. In 1992, Mary Jane retired from the school she loved after 24 years of dedicated service to Salpointe, which inducted her into their Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame in 2017. During their early retirement years Ed and Mary Jane enjoyed traveling in their motor home until Ed passed away in 1999. Family and friends were always Mary Jane's passion and delight. A new chapter in life followed with one of those friends, Leonard "Len" Rother, who like Mary Jane, had lost his 1st spouse to illness. Together they forged a supportive life together for the next 14 years until Len's passing in 2015. Mary Jane is survived by her three sons and their spouses, David Neil (Kathy), Douglas Edward (Jeanne) and Donald Lee (Shirley), ten grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She also leaves behind numerous loving friends and relatives who will miss her greatly. A Rosary will be held at BRING'S BROADWAY CHAPEL on Thursday, September 21, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. A Funeral Mass is scheduled for Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 8:00 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 601 E. Ft. Lowell, Tucson, AZ 85705, followed by interment at Holy Hope Cemetery. Arrangements are being provided by BRING'S BROADWAY CHAPEL, 6910 E. Broadway, Tucson, AZ 85710. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Ed and Mary Jane DeValk Memorial Scholarship, 1545 E. Copper St., Tucson, Arizona 85719, or online @

Published in the Arizona Daily Star on Sept. 20, 2017
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