September 20, 1955 ~ October 25, 2019

Born in: Oak Park, IL
Resided in: Indianapolis, IN

Mary Jo Saffran, 64, of Indianapolis passed away Oct. 25th, 2019. Mary Jo was born on September 20, 1955, in Oak Park, IL to Rev. George C. and Joanne R. Saffran (nee Jones). She was raised in the Chicago area and later near Jasper, IN. She graduated from Jasper High School. She attended Hanover College earning a Bachelors’ degree in Psychology. She earned a Masters’ degree in Social Work at the University of Louisville and a second Masters’ degree in Gerontology from the University of Indianapolis. The majority of her work experience was in the field of social work.
Mary Jo was an excellent listener and problem-solver, with a great sense of humor. She had a way of putting people at ease and was a natural counselor. She was also an animal lover. Mary Jo and her life partner, DC, had a soft spot for all animals. They provided a place to call home for over 29 previously homeless dogs and cats during their 31 years together.
Proceeded in death by her parents and her life partner, DC Good, Mary Jo is survived by her daughter, Shannon (Drew) Thayer and son, Jeremy (Lauren) Good; grandchildren, Will Thayer, Gillian and Georgia Good. She is also survived by two paternal aunts, Birdie Vario of Sparks, NV and Harriet Pihera of Somonauk, IL.
A “Celebration of Life” will be held on November 16th, 2019 at 1:30pm at Faith United Church of Christ, 4040 E. Thompson Road, Indianapolis, IN 46237.


Celebration of Life: November 16, 2019 1:30 pm

Faith United Church of Christ
4040 E. Thompson Road
Indianapolis, IN 46237

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  1. Good morning Sunshine
    That’s what I would text her in the mornings. And she would come saying you too. Hope are well ?
    She always was a great friend and I loved her dearly. I miss your cheerful text in the morning . I will miss you trying to sign me up for something at church. I’ll miss you at Food pantry. I’ll miss our lunches. I just miss you
    God be with now and Rest In Peace. Love you Thanks for being my friend. Geri

  2. Miss you already my dear niece. Was sure glad that you called me not long ago and that I got to see you a few years back. You will always be missed my dear.

  3. I am so sorry to hear about her passing. Hadn’t heard from her in quite a while and was thinking that she was not doing well, but had no idea of how to contact family. I only met her once when she came to her parents’ graves at St.John’s, Otwell, the last time and we shared a lunch. Although she had so many health issues, she was upbeat. Sorry I didn’t get to know her but know that she is in a better place. Sending sympathy to the family.

  4. Mary Jo was a special person who touched the lives of many in her quiet, gentle way, especially the other clients at her dialysis unit in Beech Grove. She would often reach out to them when they needed a lift. She shared with staff when she had concerns about others. She was very kind, warm-hearted, and caring. She loved her family and enjoyed every second she spent with them. She was a bright light in our world and her light will be greatly missed. It was my pleasure to know her, work with her, and learn from her over the years. I pray that her spirit is at rest and in the peaceful hands of her Master.

  5. Having MaryJo across the hall and roommates with one of my dearest friends/sisters, Jacque, led to such silliness and hilarity in our sorority house my sophomore year. We played fun little pranks on each other, ate most meals together and watched lots of tv together. My long-delayed visit with MaryJo in October 2018 was a joyous afternoon of reconnecting and new sharing of each other’s innermost feelings and thoughts. I am so very glad I have that memory to hold onto in my heart. God bless you forever sweet sister.

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