Ted Mayr Funeral Home and Crematory

3150 Loma Vista Road, Ventura, CA


Mary Ann Fennern

January 19, 1925March 23, 2020

Mary Ann Fennern, of Ventura, passed on to her heavenly home at the age of 95 on March 23, 2020. She was born in Dysart, Iowa on January 19, 1925 to Millard and Ida Brown.

She graduated from Dysart High School and attended beauty school before marrying her 1st husband, Lloyd Peterson in 1944. She was widowed with two small daughters, Claudette and Kathleen, after only 7 years of marriage.

In 1952, she married Robert Fennern, and they expanded their family with two more children, Joyce and Kelvin. Although reluctant at first to leave her birth state, Mary Ann and Bob decided to move their family first to Santa Barbara, CA in 1957, and then on to Ventura, CA in 1964. Mary Ann fell in love with Ventura from the very 1st day, and enjoyed her new hometown immensely.

She was a meticulous housekeeper, both in her own home and in the homes of the many others that she worked for in Ventura before retiring. She made many valued friendships during those years.

Mary Ann had a passion for her family, and more than anything, enjoyed spending time with them. She kept up with the lives of each and every generation and loved them all dearly. Her determined, hardworking, and generous spirit will be forever remembered by her loved ones. Family and friends could always count on Mary Ann to lend a helping hand in times of need. It was a rare occasion to leave her home without a “care package” in your arms!

In addition to spending time with family and friends, Mary Ann enjoyed gardening, baking, playing bingo, jumble puzzles, and reading. She and Bob immensely enjoyed traveling the country in their Adventurer motorhome with their two Yorkie companions, Peanut and Tank. These two characters brought her and Bob great joy!

Mary Ann was a member of College United Methodist Church of Ventura, and enjoyed the fellowship and friend-ships made there.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years Robert, her infant son, Ronald Peterson, her siblings, Naomi Brown of California, Laura Etter of Iowa, and Paul Brown of Wisconsin.

She leaves behind to treasure her memory her children: Claudette Clinton (Jack) of Wyoming, Kathleen Peterson of Ventura, Joyce Kountz (Kenneth) of West Virginia, and Kelvin Fennern (Debbie) of Ventura. Grandchildren: David and Jonathan Clinton, Joni and Brian Payne, Rebecca Lehr, Erica Kountz, Danny Kountz, Michael Fennern, and Devon Pierce. Great-Grandchildren: Kayla, Diego, Tyson, Derek, Zane, Anna, Mia, Ella, Ellis, Elias, and Eliza.

The family would like to express deepest gratitude for the loving care provided by The Ventura Townehouse, Dr. Charles Murphy, and most recently by the caregivers of Crestwood Villa II.

Due to COVID-19 conditions, a celebration of life will be planned by her family at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to the Humane Society of Ventura County, 402 Bryant St., Ojai CA 93023 “My life on earth was very good, as earthly life can go. But paradise is so much more than anyone can know”

Arrangements are under the direction of the Ted Mayr Funeral Home, 3150 Loma Vista Road, Ventura, CA 93003. Condolences may be sent to TedMayrFuneralHome.com


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Claudette Clinton

March 26, 2020

Mom, I will cherish forever, the memory of the last time we visited in person, 6 months ago, and our last telephone visit, only a week ago. I can still hear your laughter, which I can hear in my own. It catches me off-guard when that happens, and makes me smile. You are loved and missed, by so many. I love you forever........"Coggie"

Joyce Kountz

March 25, 2020

Mom, When I said goodbye and flew home last week, little did I realize, it was for the last time. I should’ve known though, because for the first time, you continued to smile at me instead of cry. I’ll carry you and that smile with me in my heart until we are together once again. Your loving daughter, Joyce ❤️RIP

Michael Fennern

March 24, 2020

Grandma I will miss your laugh, you making me laugh, your love and generosity through the years, and wonderful childhood memories of pancakes and going with you on outings or even work. While I feel great sadness at this time, I am comforted by the fact you are now reunited with Grandpa, no doubt traveling heaven’s roads in an RV. I love you, until we meet again.

Kelvin Fennern

March 24, 2020

Dad and you are together again. Thanks for always being there and your endless caring and sharing. I will miss warming your hands with mine which you loved. You will truly be missed Mom.
Love you Kelvin