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In Memory of Mary E. Ness


6-8PM - Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at O'Connell Funeral Home in Baldwin

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Mary Elizabeth Ness, age 55, of Glenwood City, WI, passed away on February 19, 2016 at her home in Glenwood City after a hard fought battle with Multiple Sclerosis.

Mary was born on October 22, 1960 in Escanaba, MI to Melvin and Rose (Abba) Olson. She grew up in Escanaba and graduated from Escanaba High School. It was there that she met Dale Ness, and on September 25, 1993, they were married. Their marriage would be blessed with a daughter, Amanda.

Mary loved being the head of the kitchen for Headstart and thoroughly enjoyed creating relationships with the students and staff there. Aside from her career, her grandchildren were truly the light of her life. She was a vocal Packer fan, and an avid Nascar supporter.

She is survived by her husband, Dale Ness; daughter, Amanda Ness; grandchildren: Destiny, Anthony, Bella, and Carson; brothers: Bob (Mary) Olson, Sam Olson, and David (Sherry) Olson; along with many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents; and brother, Carl.

A Gathering of Family and Friends will take place from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at the O’Connell Family Funeral Home, 1010 Newton St., Baldwin. Interment will take place at a later date at Gardens of Rest Memorial Park in Escanaba, MI.

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    • I first met Mary in Junior High and she was one of my first so called dates. We met at the movie theatre. Movie was bad so we talked and we were told repeatedly to “shut-up”. Of course our parents did not know that we actually went on a “date”. I had seen her at a class reunion way back and we talked some. She was in the wheelchair then. What a sweet person from our Escanaba Class of ’79. We lost touch over the years of course but she will always be remembered as one of my first “dates”. Condolences to the family!

    • Mary was an almost relative of ours. ?. However she was a very
      Close friend of our daughter Peggy .Mary was a very very sweet girl .
      She spent a lot of time with our family, as Peggy also did with
      Her mom Rose. Rose was the love of live for all in her
      Presence. Our condolences to her loving husband Dale ! Audrey and Ray Gonsowski.

    • Mary was one of the nicest persons I ever meet. I bowled with her and Dale in a couples leage and it was some of the most fun I ever had bowling. Dale I am very sorry for your loss and I know many will miss this great lady. Bob