Service measured not by GOLD,
                           but by the GOLDEN RULE

Service measured not by GOLD,
          but by the GOLDEN RULE


WOOSTER “ Mary Jane (Besancon) Tope, 78, of Wooster passed away on Wednesday, June 19, 2019 at Danbury Woods in Wooster.
She was born January 2, 1941 in Wayne County, the daughter of Francis A. and Laura J. Pailliotet Besancon.   She married Stephen W. Tope on April 17, 1998.   He survives.
Mary Jane had been a telephone operator for a number of years, had worked at Buehler ™s, Ponderosa,   Ryans and had worked at the College of Wooster in Food Service.   She was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church.   She was her mother ™s caregiver for many years, a hard worker and had an amazing memory for dates and telephone numbers.   Mary Jane was also known for her beautiful hand writing.
Surviving are her step-children, Grace R. (Allen) Yoder and Stephen W. Tope, Jr.; grandchildren, Michael L. Conrad, Malachi D. Yoder and Matthew W. Yoder; siblings: Eileen Nicholas, Raymond (Rosemary) Besancon, Dick (Lea Ann) Besancon and Ron (Paulette) Besancon; a sister-in-law, Betty Besancon and a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Ken and Patty Kinney and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, siblings: Joseph Besancon, Bernadette Besancon, Adrian Besancon, Beatrice Garver and Vince Besancon, a sister-in-law, Louise Besancon and brothers-in-law, Richard Garver and Tony Nicholas.
Friends will be received at the McIntire, Bradham & Sleek Funeral Home, 216 E. Larwill St., Wooster on Sunday, June 23, 2019 from 4-6:00 p.m. with a rosary service at 3:30 p.m.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, June 24, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church, 527 Beall Ave., Wooster with Rev. Stephan Moran officiating.   Burial will be in the Nashville Cemetery.
Those who wish may make memorial contributions to St. Mary Catholic Church, PO Box 109, Wooster, OH 44691 or to Ohio ™s Hospice LifeCare, 1900 Akron Rd., Wooster, OH 44691.
The family would like to thank the staffs of Danbury Woods and LifeCare Hospice and Patty Kinney for the love and care given to Mary Jane.
Online condolences may be left for the family at

Memorial Contributions
St. Mary Catholic Church, PO Box 109, Wooster, OH 44691 or to Ohio’s Hospice LifeCare, 1900 Akron Rd., Wooster, OH 44691

Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, June 24, 2019 at St. Mary Catholic Church

Sunday, June 23, 2019 from 4-6:00 p.m. with a rosary service at 3:30 p.m.


  1. Over the years I have thought of many of the ladies I worked with at United Telephone as an operator. Mary Jane is well remembered by me, she and I would cut up when the boards were slow and the supervisors were looking the other way; we seemed to stay on the same wave length, just a look would get the other one giggling…..

  2. My deepest sympathies. She was wonderful to work with at Buehlers.

  3. My condolences to the entire family. I always enjoyed working with Mary Jane at the telephone company and we remained friends after she left. She was a good person and will be missed. May her soul Rest In Peace.

  4. Sorry for you loss. Mary Jane was a great lady to work with. Prayers for the family.


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