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Jean Marie (Tomsho) Riley, 89, was born Jan. 23, 1928, in West Hazleton, Pa., and passed away Aug. 11, 2017, in Highland Park, Ill., with her family by her side.

She will be missed by Art, her husband of 67 years; son, Robert Riley and Ruth, of Highland Park; daughter, Susan Riley, of Madison, Wis.; granddaughter, Katie Riley, of New York City; and sister, Patricia Scolaro, of Washington, D.C.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Michael and Anna Tomsho; and brothers George and Robert Tomsho.

After graduation from West Hazleton High School in 1945, Jean enrolled in the Cadet Nurse Training Program at the Geisinger Memorial Hospital in Danville, Pa. She graduated as an regeristered nurse specializing in pediatrics in 1948 and went on to use her skill in operating the iron lung to help children during the polio epidemic. Jean was a participant in the ongoing Nurses' Health Study since its inception in 1976.

In 1950, Jean married Arthur Riley, of Danville. Due to Art's work, they lived in several towns in Pennsylvania, Ohio, New Jersey and New York before retiring to Danville in 1987 to enjoy time with family and old friends. They moved to Highland Park in 2008.
Jean had a knack for making new friends with every move and turning each new house into a welcoming home for her family. She was involved in numerous volunteer activities over the years, including serving as a board member of Abigail's Attic.

A Mass of Christian Burial and memorial service will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday in the chapel at St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, Danville, with the Rev. James Lease presiding. A luncheon will follow.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph's Church, 68 Center St., Danville, 17821, the Beaver Library, 205 Ferry St., Danville, 17821, or to a charity of your choice.
Published on October 3, 2017
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