Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the Mary Jane Caster Memorial Luau has been postponed. We will let you know when it will be rescheduled after it is safe for groups to gather once again.
We still encourage you to share your memories of her on our Facebook page and consider making a donation to Gilda’s Club through our link on Facebook. We miss her so much, but we are keeping her memory with us in this current situation as we strive to make r.o.i. Design the best it can be.
We are celebrating the life of Mary Jane Caster this March and inviting you to celebrate with us.
We are hosting an Open House Luau in her honor.
r.o.i. Design Office
1451 Front Ave. NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
4 – 6 pm
If you have photos of Mary Jane or stories to tell we ask that you respond to our r.o.i. Design Facebook Post remembering Mary Jane. We will share those stories at the open house.
Giving In Honor of Mary Jane
Mary Jane enjoyed the community at Gilda’s Club and we invite you to donate to that cause on her behalf at the link below. Please select ‘In Honor Of’ and enter Mary Jane’s name before making your donation.
About Mary Jane
Mary Jane was a founding member of r.o.i. Design. She joined the Designers Workshop team on August 30, 1993, and survived the transition from Designers Workshop to r.o.i. Design in 1994. Since then she had been a key player in all that r.o.i. Design has accomplished and in her 26 years, she probably touched over 800 projects. Her imprint on r.o.i. Design is permanent. Who we are, what we value, how we behave, and how we plan for the future has been influenced by MJ.
As a part of the r.o.i. Design team, Mary Jane had a particular role. She often was the one to bridge the psychological gaps between us, and she cared for each of us from where she sat. She was patient and, when needed, emphatic and direct. She reminded us to have fun, and always advocated for things that would bring out our best. She loved her vacations and many of her passwords were vacation related.
Mary Jane was admired and respected by customers, sales representatives, architects, and designers. She would sell, manage, design, and furnish projects. We would laugh at how long she had been with r.o.i. Design and she would say, “But no two years have been the same! I didn’t need to change my job to have a different job.”
She loved new materials and challenged us all the time to consider doing more, trying something new. There are situations in a project where we say, “What would Mary Jane do?”, or “Where is Mary Jane on this one?”