Mary Jo Closson

Mary Jo Closson

Saturday, July 2nd, 1938 - Sunday, March 14th, 2021
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A Funeral Mass for Mary Jo Closson, age 82, of O’Neill, NE will be 10:30 Friday, March 19, 2021 at St. Patrick Catholic Church in O’Neill, NE. Burial will follow in the O’Neill Cemetery. The service will be live-streamed at Visitation will be from 5-8 pm Thursday, March 18 at Biglin’s Mortuary in O’Neill, NE with a 7 pm Parish Rosary. Mary Jo passed away on Sunday, March 14, 2021 at her home in O’Neill. Memorials may be made to the family for future designation. Arrangements are entrusted to Biglin’s Mortuary of O’Neill.

Mary Joan (Muller) Closson, daughter of James and Sarah (Neyens) Muller, Sr., was born July 2, 1938 in Knox County, NE. She attended school at St. Ludger Academy in Creighton, NE, graduating in 1957.

She married Russell Closson on August 24, 1957 at St. Ludger Catholic Church in Creighton, NE. To this union, nine children were born: Cheri, Curt, Juli, Marde, Kent, Angie, Rock, Scott, and Cheleigh.

Mary Jo and Russ farmed near Lynch, NE and moved to O’Neill in 1977. Mary Jo was a homemaker, farm wife, childcare provider, and worked various jobs in Lynch and O’Neill before retiring from North Star in 2019. She loved her family and was happiest when they were with her. Visits from family were always special and too short.

Mary Jo is survived by her children: Cheri Closson of Greeley, CO, Curt Closson of O’Neill, NE, Juli Ford of Omaha, NE, Marde Closson of Las Vegas, NV, Kent (Edyth) Closson of Thornton, CO, Angela (Mario) Montez of Fowler, CO, Rock (Deb) Closson of O’Neill, NE, Scott (Michelle) Closson of Park Hills, MO, and Cheleigh (Ben) Sholes of Atkinson, NE; a sister and brother-in-law, Marjorie (Ken) Sexton of Edmonton KY; grandchildren, Derek Harkins Closson, Aaron Closson, Tamara Closson, Jessica Baca, Russ Ford, Kylee (Kamron) Garrett, Ry Closson, Tim (Jenna) Closson, Keith (Victoria) Closson, Reuben Closson, Victor Closson, Brett Closson, Jeff (Lily) Montez, Eric Montez, Michaela Montez, Brandi (Darren) Summers, Davus Closson, Dusty (Shannon) Terry, Tony Closson, Michael Closson, Madison Closson, Paige Williams, Sawyer Williams, Payton Williams, Sara Sholes, Ezra Sholes, Noah Sholes; and great grandchildren, Creighton Harkins, Gavin Harkins, Haleigh Riggs Harkins, Lindsay Chambers, Elianna Hickey, Kade Baca, Rose Baca, Holly Baca, Kayne Garrett, Kaisen Garrett, Aurea Closson, Meredith Closson, T.J. Closson, Lucas Closson, Jackie Montez, Dion Montez, Jordan Montez, Logan Hill, Lauren Hill, Keara Summers, Marcell Summers and Judah Wheeler; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, James and Sarah Muller Sr.; husband, Russell in 1978; brothers and spouses, James and Mary Muller, Clayton Muller, Howard and Jayet Muller, Jake and Agnes Muller, Thomas and DeAnna Muller, Francis Muller; sister-in-law, Viola Byers; brother-in-law, Rolland and Helen Closson; great grandsons, Austin Baca and Joshua Closson.

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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday, March 18th, 2021 | 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    Thursday, March 18th, 2021 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    Biglin's Mortuary
    111 N. 3th Street
    O'Neill, NE 68763
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  • Rosary Service

    Thursday, March 18th, 2021 | 7:00pm
    Thursday, March 18th, 2021 7:00pm
    Biglin's Mortuary
    111 N. 3th Street
    O'Neill, NE 68763
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  • Mary Jo's Funeral Mass

    St. Patrick's Catholic Church
    826 E. Benton Street
    O'Neill, Nebraska 68763
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  • Interment

    Friday, March 19th, 2021 | 11:30am
    Friday, March 19th, 2021 11:30am
    O'Neill Cemetery
    Liberty Ave and North Jefferson Street
    O'Neill, NE 68763
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Shanette Wheeler

Posted at 03:28am
I worked with Mary Jo at Northstar and she lived just down the block from us. She always stopped to see what we had planted in the spring. She loved to cut a bit and then she was off. She will be greatly missed. My deepest condolences her family.

Kevin, Tabi and kids.

Posted at 05:07pm
We are so very sorry for your entire family. Your mom, grandma and I'm sure friend to many seemed like a wonderful person. Our hearts are with you.
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Louise Sparks

Posted at 03:58pm
My deepest sympathy to Mary Jo's family for their loss. I always enjoyed visiting with her and I know she will be missed by many. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Dewayne & Renee Nobles

Posted at 10:48am
Marde.........Our deepest condolences on the passing of your Mom. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
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Sue Carmody

Posted at 05:57pm
Prayers for peace and comfort for your family at the passing of your mom. She was such a sweet, positive person always upbeat with a smile on her face. She was so proud of her large family, and the beautiful photos you shared of this large and ever growing family is a testament to the love she has for each and every one of you! She is at peace and in great company with your dad. I am sure it was a joyous day when she arrived at heaven's gate. Blessings and love to you all! Sue (Bazelman) Carmody

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