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Updated: 12/29/2013 08:00:01AM

Mary Jane Pieters

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Mary Jane “MJ” Pieters, 79, of Port Charlotte, Fla., passed away Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013, at Fawcett Memorial Hospital in Port Charlotte, after winning her battle with breast cancer and then losing her brief fight with acute leukemia.

She was born March 12, 1934, to Elsie E. and Sam G. Cacioppo in Omaha, Neb.

Mary Jane married Donald J. Trovato in 1955, and married W.H. Pieters in 1993. She retired from the Union Pacific Railroad in St. Louis, Miss., in 1998; and in 1999, she and her husband moved to Port Charlotte. MJ loved her home in paradise, her family, the sun, the beach, her two furry kids, and her Weight Watchers family of 14 years. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

She is survived by her loving family, W.H. (Pete) Pieters of Port Charlotte; sons, Stephen J. (Jill) Trovato of Omaha, and Michael J. (Rita) Trovato of Port Charlotte; a sister, Catherine “Cathy” Cacioppo of Long Beach, Calif.; brothers, Benjamin F. (Carol) Cacioppo of Omaha, and Joseph “Joey” Wiechert of Omaha; five grandsons; one great-granddaughter; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents; and her daughter, Catherine “Cathy” Ann Koch.

Visitation will be held from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 30, 2013, at Roberson Funeral Home Port Charlotte Chapel. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013, at the funeral home. Inurnment will be held later at Sarasota National Cemetery in Sarasota, Fla.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 992 Tamiami Trail, Unit C-2, Port Charlotte, FL 33953. Friends may visit online at to sign the guestbook and extend condolences to the family.

Arrangements are by Roberson Funeral Home & Crematory Port Charlotte Chapel.

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