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Daily Herald
Arlington Heights, Illinois
January, 2004

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 Ayr.

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.

The Beacon-News
Aurora, Illinois
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 Chapel.

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