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Mary Ann Rother, 78

Mary Ann Rother, age 78, of Welch, died peacefully surrounded by her family on July 30, 2009, at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester.

Mary Ann was born May 1, 1931, in Hastings to Henry and Mary (Jelinik) Dalaska of Empire, Minn. She was a 1949 graduate of Farmington High School. Mary Ann was united in marriage to Raynard Rother Nov. 22, 1952, at St. John's Catholic Church, Vermillion.

In her younger years Mary Ann enjoyed fishing, snowmobiling, playing cards, and being with friends. In later years, she enjoyed her grandkids, her flowers and garden, crossword puzzles, luncheon dates with the ladies, sharing recipes, and taking pictures.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and great granddaughter, Marley Rother.

Mary Ann is survived by her husband, Raynard; sons, Duane (Patricia) of Welch, Bruce "Steve" (Gin) of Welch, Jeff (Peg) of Hastings, Craig (Lori) of Red Wing, Doug (Julia) of Welch; daughters, Diana (Randy) Williamson of Red Wing, Laurie (Gene) Stoffel of Miesville, and Joyce (Jason) Hart of Red Wing; 21 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

The funeral Mass, with the Rev. Leonard Siebenaler officiating, was held Aug. 3, 2009, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Miesville. Interment followed in the parish cemetery. Pallbearers were grandsons Benjamin Rother, Elliott Rother, Kody Rother, Lucas Rother, Michael Williamson and Richard Rother; Honorary pallbearers were grandchildren Katie Slingsby, Shawn Rother, Andrea Rother, Jess Rother, Andrew Rother, Samantha Rother, Courtney Williamson, Thomas Rother, Ashley Stoffel, Molly Hart, Allison Stoffel, Stacey Rother, Matthew Hart, Sarah Stoffel and Emily Hart.

Arrangements were handled by the Caturia-Smidt Funeral Home, Hastings, 651-437-9419,