Elmwood Funeral Chapel & Crematory

Visitation Information

Mary E. Stokes

Passed away on November 8, 2019

Mary E. Stokes, (nee Fretter), age 83, late of St. John, IN, formerly of Park Forest, IL and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan passed away on November 8, 2019. Beloved wife of Roger Stokes for 60 years. Loving mother of Nancy (Fred) Curtis, Jill (Marshall) Snell and the late David Roger Stokes. Devoted grandmother of Nathan (Julia) Curtis, Nicole (John) Rioflorido, Collin (Alyssa) Curtis, Parian (Nick) Porter, Auburn Snell and Avalon Snell. Cherished great-grandmother of Charlie, Therese, Monica, Xavier and Madeline. Dear daughter of the late Albert J. “Dutch” and the late Elsie Fretter. Dearest sister of the late Paul Fretter. Fond aunt of many nieces and nephews. Retired School Bus Driver for the Village of Matteson, IL. Mary had a wonderful sense of humor and a quick wit, which carried her through life, including being an army wife and a caregiver for her son David. She loved reading, especially mystery novels. Mary loved bird watching and collecting bird houses. Mary came from an area in Upper Peninsula Michigan known as The "Copper Country", and maintained lifelong friendships and a love of copper items. Visitation Friday, November 15, 2019 from 4-8 p.m. and on Saturday, November 16, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. until time of Funeral Services at 10:00 a.m. at the Elmwood Funeral Chapel 11300 West 97th Lane (1/2 block west of U.S. 41 / Wicker Ave. at 97th Street) St. John, IN 46373. Interment Skyline Memorial Park and Crematory Monee, IL. 219-365-3474. www.elmwoodchapel.com.


Funeral Service:
Elmwood Funeral Chapel
11300 West 97th Lane
St. John, Indiana 46373
Saturday, November 16, 2019 - 10:00 am

Skyline Memorial Park and Crematory
24800 S. Governors Highway
Monee, IL 60449

Visitation Location

St. John
11300 W. 97th Lane
St. John, IN 46373
(219) 365-3474


Visitation Information

Friday, November 15, 2019 - 4:00 pm until 8:00 pm
Saturday, November 16, 2019 - 9:00 am until 10:00 am

"Dear Roger and Family: We would like to express our deepest sympathy for the loss of your beloved, Mary! She was a very special person and will be truly missed by so many. I know how happy she must be to be with David and her parents! Take Care and may God Bless You! Love to all! Barbara "
- Barbara (cousin) and Don Effinger
November 8, 2019 8:05 pm

"I'm going to miss Mary so much. I so looked forward to her calls. She is with her beloved ones now. May God bless you all. Love, Mona & Ron & family"
- Mona Lamanen
November 9, 2019 7:54 am

"Roger, Jill, Nancy, and all-- We were so sad to hear about Mary's death. May God bless all of you with peace and much family love during this time. "
- Mike and Kathy (Rogers) Deering
November 9, 2019 12:16 pm

"Dear Roger, Our sincere sympathies on the loss of your beloved, Mary. We will always cherish our memories at our once-a-year FHWA luncheons in the Homewood area with you two and the rest of our FHWA colleagues. Know that we are thinking of you and praying that God’s peace will be with you and your family during this difficult time. "
- Ed and Lorrie Blumer, Mesquite, NV
November 11, 2019 1:55 am

"Dear Roger and Family. We want to join the many others who are sending out sincere condolences to you all. We will miss seeing and visiting with Mary at the FHWA events. We recall her quick and subtle wit. She was always friendly and welcoming. We are grateful that you had a long, fruitful life together. You all are in our prayers as you rejoice in her life on this earth and know that God will comfort you as you move forward. Blessings to you. Most fondly, James and JoAnn Cheatham"
- James & JoAnn Cheatham
November 14, 2019 8:18 am

Candles Lit
"We love you, Grandma Mary! "
- Andréa Senegal and Family
November 15, 2019 6:01 pm