Mary Ann Kieslich, 74, of Mason City, IA, died Wednesday, December 27, 2017, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, MN. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM on Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at Major Erickson Funeral Home, 111 N Pennsylvania Ave. with Pastor Paul Schaefer officiating. Visitation will take place from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at Major Erickson Funeral Home. Burial will take place in Elmwood St.-Joseph Cemetery at a later date. Memorials can be made out to the Mary Ann Kieslich Memorial Fund.
Mary Ann Kieslich was born September 30, 1943 in Sheffield, IA, the daughter of Jake and Mary (Kopitar) Jones. She attended school in Sheffield. On October 14, 1962 Mary Ann was united in marriage to Elmer “John” Kieslich in Hampton, IA. Mary Ann worked at several retail jobs. She spent 14 years working at Walmart. She enjoyed the people she worked with and the many customers she served. She was an avid bowler for many years. It was nothing for her to bowl a 500 or 600 series. She served as the secretary for the Women’s Bowling Association. She was later inducted into the Woman’s Bowling Hall of Fame.
Mary Ann enjoyed spending hours in her backyard whether it was spending time with her daughter, Jeannie grilling and visiting or tending to her flowers and feeding the birds and squirrels. Her most enjoyable time was spending time with her “God son” Gordy, her brothers shih tzu. She called him “my buddy” she couldn’t wait until her brother and sister in-law went away for the weekend so she could dog sit.
Left to cherish her memory is her daughter, Jean Kieslich of Mason City; brother: Larry (Lydia) Jones of Mason City; sisters: Betty Fielding of Hampton, Geri (Ray) Gray of Littleton, CO, Donna (Jim) Grover of Mason City, Theresa (Jim) Franke of Dumont, Connie Borneman (Ron Burtis) of Hampton; sisters in-law: JoAnn Anderson of Iowa Falls, Elaine (Larry) Ringham of Mason City, Karen (Jim) Wood of Sheffield; many nieces, nephews and a host of friends.
Mary Ann was preceded in death by her husband: John, parents; brother: Carroll; sisters: Alice and Bonnie.