Arlington Heights, Illinois
OBITUARY - MARY CATHERINE WIESE
Mary Catherine WIESE formerly of Elgin. Graveside services for Mary Catherine FEARN WIESE, 86, of Mount Ayr, Iowa,
will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, at Bluff City Cemetery, Elgin. Born July 31, 1917, in Nokomis, Ill.,
the daughter of Joseph and Mellie FEARN, she passed away Monday, Jan. 26, 2004, at Ringgold County Hospital, Mount
The Chicago Suburban Daily Herald
Arlington Heights, Illinois
January 27, 2004
NOTICE of DEATH - MARY CATHERINE (FEARN) WIESE
Mary C. WIESE formerly of Elgin. Mary C. WIESE (nee FEARN), 86, of Mount Ayr, died Monday, Jan. 26. Arrangements are
being made by Wait Ross Allanson Funeral and Cremation Services, Elgin, (847) 742-2100.
February 18, 2004
OBITUARY - MARY CATHERINE (FEARN) WIESE
Mary Catherine (FEARN) WIESE, 86, of Mount Ayr, Iowa, formerly of Elgin [IL] passed away Monday, January 26, 2004 at
Ringgold County Hospital, Mount Ayr. She was born July 31, 1917 in Nokomis, Illinois, the daughter of Joseph and
Mellie FEARN. Mary spent her childhood on a farm near Nokomis until her father died when she was 13. She attended
school in the farming and coal mining community. After the death of her father, Mary, her mother and brother Joe
FEARN moved to Elgin. Mary began working in a garment factory at age 14. After working at the garment factory for a
short time she began working at the Elgin National Watch Co., and she then was employed by Shakeproof Division of
Illinois Tool Works where she had various jobs for nearly 30 years.
Mary met and later married Elroy WIESE on April
11, 1942. They lived on a farm north of Elgin for a time until the Tollway came and forced them off the farm. They
moved to Elgin, making their home on Logan St. until Elroy died in 1975. Mary continued to live in her home until 1979
when she retired and moved to Mount Ayr, Iowa.
After moving to Mount Ayr, she became very active in community
projects. She was an active member of the Ringgold County Hospital Auxiliary, the Mount Ayr Chamber of Commerce,
Welcome Wagon, First Christian Church, and Clearview Nursing Home. She was a former member of St. John's Lutheran
Church of Elgin.
Rejoicing that she is now with her Lord, she will be deeply missed by her two daughters, Shirley
(Gary) DIGERNESS of Escondido, California and Sheila (Bob) SHAFER of Mount Ayr; five grandchildren, Devin and Hanna
DIGERNESS of San Marcos, CA, Kristin DEGERNESS of Escondido, CA, Michael SHAFER (Erin JOHNSON) of Minnetonka, MN, and
Amy SHAFER of West Des Moines, IA; many nieces, nephews, and a host of friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Elroy; two brothers, Joseph and Ira FEARN.
Graveside services will be held Friday, January 30, 2004 at 11:00 a.m. at Bluff City Cemetery, Elgin. Visitation
will be held Thursday from 6:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Wait Ross Allanson Funeral and Cremation Services, Elgin
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