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Pfeil Funeral Homes - Sandusky Chapel
617 Columbus Ave
Sandusky, OH 44870
Phone: 419-625-2655

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Mary Jane Armstrong who, along with her husband Warren, owned and operated Sandusky's first McDonald's restaurant, died of natural causes Saturday night at Providence Care Center. She was 93.

Mary Jane Dahle was born in Cumberland, WI on June 24, 1920.

She and her brother Jon were raised by their mother, who was widowed when Mary Jane was two. In 1941, she received a Bachelor of Education degree from The University of Wisconsin--Whitewater before joining the U.S. Navy. During World War II, she was stationed at Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn, NY.

After the war, Mary Jane earned a Master of English Literature from The University of Wisconsin--Madison where she met her future husband, Warren Armstrong, who earned an engineering degree, also from UW-Madison. The couple married on March 11, 1950.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother Jon Dahle of Whitewater, WI.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son Jon (Sheila Egan and her son Samuel Marotta), Columbus, OH; a daughter Ann, New York City; and a niece
Cheryl Dahle Hart (Dale) of Oconomowoc, WI.

A voracious reader, Mary Jane loved the Sandusky Public Library. She played golf for over 60 years and was a longtime member of the Mills Creek Golf Course Ladies' League. She and her husband shared a love of the theatre: during the war, off-duty hours in New York allowed Mary Jane to see the Royal Shakespeare Company (Laurence Olivier) and many productions from that vibrant era (the 1940s) in American theatre. After their children moved to New York, they enjoyed annual trips to Broadway as well as local productions of the Harlequins and Huron Playhouse. Mary Jane spent nearly two decades as a Blood Mobile volunteer, and she served as treasurer of the College Club.

Friends and family know that Mary Jane was more than willing to offer advice and words to live by. A favorite maxim was: "Never trust anyone who doesn't have a vice."

A visitation will be held on Thursday, January 23, from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. at the Pfeil Funeral Home, 617 Columbus Ave. A private memorial service will be conducted at a later time.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Sandusky Public Library or to a favorite charity.

The family would like to express its gratitude to the
dedicated staffs of Providence Care Center and The Commons of Providence which provided wonderful care for Mary Jane over the last four years. They are truly remarkable people.