Mary Ann Preston, 80

Mary Ann Preston, 80, of 11719 Kingfisher Lane, St. Marys, and formerly of Celina, passed away at 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014, at the Otterbein St. Marys Retirement Community.

She was born on Sept. 22, 1933, to the late Isadore and Margaret (Sudhoff)  Schurman.   

On April 15, 1952, she married Willis L. “Bud” Preston, who lives in St. Marys. She is survived by her children, Penny Mizer of Maria Stein, Nancy and Alan Morse of Westerville, and Tod and Diane Preston of New Bremen, and her grandchildren, Monica and William Warren, Mallory and Tyler Whitmore, Jeff Preston and Chelsea Marquis, Doug and Kate Preston, Meredith Morse, Oksana Mizer, and Karina Mizer.   

She is also survived by her four brothers, Robert and Sharon Schurman of Arizona, Paul and Cindy Schurman, Jim and Carla Schurman and Walter and Cathy Schurman, all of Florida.

Mary Ann was preceded in death by one sister-in-law, Genevieve Schurman and one son-in-law, Paul Mizer.

She graduated from St. John High School in Maria Stein with the Class of 1951. Mary Ann worked for the Celina City Schools as a secretary and playground aide at the Franklin School in Montezuma. She was a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, and a member of the Ladies Sodality.

Known by about everyone on the south side of Grand Lake as “the power walker,” she considered her family as the most important thing in her life.

Mary Ann drove local cancer patients to area cities for treatment for many years as a volunteer for the American Cancer Society. She was awarded a certificate of appreciation for this in the early 1990s.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Montezuma, the Rev. Alfons Minja, C.P.P.S. celebrating.  

Burial will follow at Swamp College Cemetery in Celina.

Calling hours will be from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday and from 9 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.  Monday at the Lehman-Hogenkamp-Dzendzel Funeral Home in Celina.  

In lieu of flowers, the Preston family would like memorial contributions made to the American Cancer Society or the Ronald McDonald House.

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