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Mother of Mary Jo Andrus Gall ’77 passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on November 14, 2011

Mary Ellen ANDRUS

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ANDRUS Mary Ellen Mary Ellen Andrus died peacefully
on Wednesday, November 2, 2011, with her family at her side at the Hospice
Center of Northwestern Ohio in Perrysburg. She was a wife, mother and friend to
all who came to know her. Born on December 27, 1934, Mary Ellen was the daughter
of Mr. Harry and Helen (Bell) Johnson, both of whom preceded her in death. She
was also preceded in death by her husband, Richard, Sr. (1998) and son, Thomas
(2001). Mary Ellen was a secretary at the Shore Line Franklin Rail Road. In
October of 1953, she met the love of her life, Dick Andrus, at a Toledo Catholic
Club dance – and as they say, the rest was history. They were joined in marriage
on May 15, 1954 and became the proud parents of 6 children, Fr. Richard R.
Andrus, Jr. SVD (Chicago), Thomas Andrus (deceased) (Linda), Diane Lilly, Mary
Jo Gall (David), John Andrus (Cheryl), and Cheryl Foster (John). She was also a
grandmother to Brad and Christopher Lilly, Matthew and Katlyn Gall and Lizzie
Andrus. Dick and Mary Ellen also adopted another son, Kevin Rood (Diana). Also
surviving is her brother-in-law, James Andrus. When anyone ever asked which one
she was proudest of, her answer was always the same: “I am proud of all of our
children. There is something about each of them that makes them each very
special and lovable. That’s what I love about them” Mary Ellen spent her entire
adult life as a devoted wife (45 years), loving mother and grandmother, roles
that she invested her whole heart and life into and cherished dearly. After her
youngest entered grade school, Mary Ellen worked 8 years at St. Joseph’s in
Maumee as a lunchroom and playground supervisor. She also enrolled at Bowling
Green State University where she studies creative writing, drawing on all of the
many years of memories and experiences she had accumulated as a wife, mother,
and grandmother. Besides the love she had for her husband, children and
grandchildren, Mary Ellen also cherished her treasured friendships including her
Ursula graduating class, long time family friends and neighbors. Mary Ellen saw
the completion of nearly 76 years of life, not long by human standards. But she
really didn’t live by human standards but by God’s and by her living and her
dying was a powerful reminder that it’s not how long you live but how well!
“Well done good and faithful servant, well done! (Matthew 25:23) Viewing for
Mary Ellen Andrus will take place on Sunday, November 6, 2011, beginning from
2-8 PM at Maison-Dardenne Funeral Home, Maumee, with a scripture wake service at
7 PM. Funeral services will begin Monday at 9:30 AM in the funeral home followed
by the celebration of the funeral mass at 10 AM in St. Joseph Catholic Church,
Maumee, followed by burial at Calvary Cemetery. Donations to Hospice of
Northwest Ohio or to Epilepsy Center of Northwest Ohio.

Published in Toledo Blade from
November 4 to November 6, 2011

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