Mary Jane (nee Van Court) Huskonen passed away May 19 at her home in Brecksville, Ohio. She was born December 12, 1938 the daughter of Clyde and Meta (nee Scheppelmann) Van Court in Richmond Center, Ashtabula County, Ohio, who preceded her in death.
Known as MJ by family and friends, she is survived by her husband of 57 years, Wallace Dingman Huskonen, as well as daughter Karen Frame (Matthew) of Honeoye Falls, New York, son Kurt Huskonen, of North Ridgeville, Ohio, and grandchildren Korey and Kayley Huskonen and Maegan, Kaelyn, and Matthew Frame. A brother, Sidney August Van Court, preceded her in death in 2000.
She graduated from Andover High School, Andover, Ohio, in 1956 as class valedictorian. She then studied at the Conservatory of Music at Baldwin Wallace University in Berea, Ohio. After graduating from BW in 1960, she taught elementary music in the Parma Public Schools for eight years. She then helped start the South Suburban Montessori School in Brecksville, and served as its administrator for three years. During the early 1980s, she served as business manager of Infocom Productions, an audio-visual production business she owned with her husband. Later, she worked at Modern Curriculum Press in Strongsville, Ohio, as an education materials sales specialist, and at Penton Media, Cleveland, in the payroll department. Recently, she operated the Huskonen Piano Studio from her home in Brecksville, during which she shared her love for playing the piano with dozens of students.
She was a member and officer of the Cleveland Piano Teachers Organization, and a member of the Music Teachers National Association.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at the Nosek-McCreery Funeral Home, 8150 Brecksville Road, in Brecksville on Sunday, June 4, 2017 at 3 p.m. The family will receive friends from 2 – 3 p.m. just prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests making a contribution to the MJ Huskonen Music Fund at South Suburban Montessori School, Brecksville. Go to http://www.ssmsmontessori.net/ and click on Giving, then Ways to Give.
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