Family mourns mother of four killed in head-on crash

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SIDNEY TOWNSHIP, Mich. -- A mother of four is being mourned after she died in a head-on crash over the weekend.

The accident took the life of Mary Jean Mahlich, when police say her car collided with another vehicle after she attempted to pass a slower car on Sidney road in Sidney Township.

The accident forever changed the lives of the Mahlich family.

"The magnitude of her being gone, I can't even put it into words. She's probably the most loving person I ever met," says Kevin Mahlich, Mary Jean's husband. The pair had been together 14 years, married for four of those.

Kevin says his wife was inspirational in so many ways, always giving and thinking of others, especially her four sons who range from ages 12 to 19.

"Her in my life and having her show me what love really is and showing me how important family really is, she really molded me into the man I am today. And I can't thank her enough for that, and the time that we had, the memories that we made," says Mahlich.

A close family friend that has known Kevin since childhood says losing someone so amazing is heart-wrenching.

"It was absolute shock, I was just devastated, I had just spoke with her last week," says Shawn Larson, a close friend of the family.

Larson says Mary Jean always did her best to make the world a better place for those around her.

"She was a pillar of the community, she was an incredible wife and incredible mother," said Larson. "She was so selfless, she was a phenomenal friend, a great mother, and awesome supporter, if you were in her life you would know that you were loved."

"This journey forward with these boys it's going to be very trying for a while. I know that I'll see her again someday," says Mahlich.

The Mahlich family is having visitation for Mary Jean on Thursday from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Hurst Funeral Home in Greenville. Another visitation will take place Friday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Greenville. Her funeral will immediately follow.

A GoFundMe account has been set up to help pay for funeral expenses.

As for the crash, the driver in the other vehicle was hospitalized. Her 10-month-old son who was in the vehicle at the time was not hurt.

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  • Jaimie

    Im not going to cause controversy or drama but to answer the question to those who asked why it needed to be pointed out about mary being a step mom well its like this my sister casey and issacs mother is trying to mourn the loss of mary as well not only for her boys and kevin but because mary was her friend is feeling a little upset when the media and others are acting as if shes non existent its hurtful to her to say the least because she is casey and issacs mother she cares just as much as anyone else about this i think any mother would feel the same of they were in her shoes yes mary was a wonderful mother to her sons and a great step mother to casey and issac and a step mother does just as much as a mom yes but my sister exists she takes care of her boys and she is a wonderful mother for the media to portray that kevin and mary have 4 boys and hes now gotta do it alone is far fetched my sister is here and has no problems supporting kevin and helping him out they both raise the boys equally thats all some folks are trying to say

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