OBITUARY

Mary Ann Kneese

April 15, 1939January 5, 2020

Mary Ann Kneese, age 80, passed away on January 5, 2020 in Frisco, Texas.

Mary Ann was born in Cincinnati, Ohio to Philip and Olga Bertemes on April 15, 1939. She graduated from Delta College with honors. Mary Ann married Jim Kneese on November 28, 1959 in Cleveland, Ohio. They would have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in November 2019, but she lost the love of her life on September 11, 2019. She took wonderful care of her five children, while simultaneously working as a registered nurse for most of her career. She and Jim also served as a Eucharistic Ministers at Lodge Nursing Home for several years.

A devout Catholic, Mary Ann volunteered often with the church and several charities. She enjoyed studying the scriptures and reading about the Saints. She had fond memories of taking her children to the cottage at Crystal Lake, attending the Carnival festival in Rio de Janeiro, playing tennis, reading, taking her grandchildren to the pool, and traveling with her husband and friends.

Often seen smiling and laughing, Mary Ann would instantly light up a room and always made life fun. She constantly made sure everyone around her was happy. She loved her children unconditionally and her greatest love was being with her grandchildren and great-grandchild. There was never a dull moment when Mary Ann was around and we can only imagine the celebrations that took place when she joined her husband, parents and friends in Heaven.

Mary Ann is survived by her younger brother, Phil Bertemes; children, Jeanne Wells (Brent), Margie Joens (Curt), Rick Kneese (Chris), Sharon (Rich) Wehman, and Julie Long; grandchildren, Brittany Johann (Mike), Mari Wells, Carlee Wells, Heidi Andrade (Carlos), Hannah Breedlove (Micah), Joshua Joens (Sam), Jeff Joens, Colby Kneese, Cooper Kneese, Bradley Wehman, Brendan Wehman, Brooks Wehman, Jake Long, and James Long; and her great-granddaughter Cecilia Johann.

“Like wonderful, fruit-bearing trees in the desert of life, mothers give their everything: their shadow, their leaves, their fruits, their branches, their trunk, their very roots….that their children may live and prosper.” Our Mother will be truly missed and will forever live in our happiness.

Services

27 January

Funeral Mass

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church

8000 Eldorado Parkway
Frisco, TX 75033

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Mary Fielding

January 21, 2020

To the family who posted all the wonderful lovable photos of Mary Ann and Jim.
I can certainly tell how much you all loved your parents and how caring they were for you.
My thoughts will be with you next Monday as I too will add my “ final “ farewell to Mary Ann. God bless you all. Mary Fielding

Diane Lister

January 13, 2020

We met your mom and dad quite a while ago, actually when you and Mike were at Pearce High School together and fondly called your group of guy friends "the Great Eight." While your mom was such a fun loving gal I also learned what a great friend she could be also as I watched her carefully and lovingly tend to her dear friend and mine, Margo, when she became ill...and always with a smile. Oh that smile! Although I hadn't seen her in many years I remember how much she cared about others.

Mary Fielding

January 8, 2020

Please accept my sympathy at this time of your moms passing. When your family lived in Ohio we were best friends at church and school at St. BernadetteChurch in Westlake,Ohio. I went to high school with Mary Ann and continued our friendship for many years after. Mary Ann was such a fun loving gal and of course your dad was a Prince! I’m so sorry that you had to bury them so close in time to each other but we know how much they loved each other and now they are together in their NewLife with each other. Their spirit will always be with you all. Fondly, Mary Fielding

Sue and Phil loncar

January 7, 2020

We have wonderful memories being with Mary Ann and Jim. we met in Arizona and went shooting and jeep riding. Mary Ann gave us a booklet of photos with witty comments on each picture. "Run for your shirts." an inside joke. Mary Ann inherited her humor from her father. Phil who never missed an opportunity to add to the punch line.
We met Mary Ann and Jim for the first time when we went to the musical Best Little Whore Horse in Texas. The theater served
Margaritas, to our seats, and by the end of the first act, Mary Ann
looked at us and said you aren't in Kansas Any More.
Phil and Sue Loncar

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