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Mary Ann Mansker

Mary Ann Mansker


Mary Ann Mansker, 91, passed away October 1, 2020 at the home of her daughter in Kirkwood, MO.  She was born May 26, 1929, to Rose (Hagen) and Perry Wilson.  Mary Ann Wilson married Howard Mansker June 5, 1950.   He preceded her in death.

Mary Ann first worked at Randolph County Farm Bureau.  After marrying, she was an office switchboard operator and secretary at Spartan Printing.  She stayed home when having children and then became the secretary for the principal at Sparta Lincoln Elementary School when her youngest child entered school.  Many students remember her as the lunch money lady as she went from classroom to classroom to collect money each day along with daily lunch tickets. Mary Ann then worked at the Sparta State Bank as a loan teller for 18 years.  She developed many wonderful friendships with that job.  Mary Ann was a fabulous letter writer and faithfully remembered birthdays and anniversaries with her cards.  Mary Ann was a member of Trinity United Presbyterian church in Sparta and attended West Hills Church in Chesterfield, MO. She was a proud member of the Delta Theta Tau Social Sorority since 1952, serving as treasurer for over 40 years.

Mary Ann was preceded in death by her parents.  Her husband – Howard Mansker.  Great grandchild – Owen Paganini.

She is survived by her children – Debie (Dennis) Mahan and Dixie Mansker (Pete Nardie). Grandchildren – Chad McClintock, Angie (McClintock) Royal, and Brooke (Mike) Paganini. Step-grandchildren – Josh (Anna Piller)and Gabe (Liz Freivogel) Nardie, Kelly (Charlie) Roberts, Jay Owens, Denise (Todd) Waller, Melissa and Scott Mahan.  Great grandchildren – Lauryn Royal, Brendon Hill, Caleb McClintock, Cameron McClintock, Eliana Paganini, Tom Miller, Matt Miller, Pablo Nardie, Clara Nardie, Eleanor Nardie and Magnolia Piller.

Memorial contributions may be made to SHARE Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support Inc. at or the Sparta Lions Club.

A private burial with immediate family will take place at Caledonia Cemetery.

A memorial service may be held at a later date when friends and family can gather safely.

Heil-Schuessler & Sinn Funeral Home in Sparta, Illinois is assisting the family with arrangements.

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  1. Troy Cole says:

    Debbie, Dixie, Kelly, Jay, Chad, Angie, and Brooke, I am so sorry for your loss! She was always MeMaw to me growing up. I thought of her as my own grandma. You are all in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. I love you all.

  2. Dear Debie & Dixie,

    I’m so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. She was certainly a gracious lady. We really enjoyed having her & your dad as neighbors and missed them when they moved. I loved it that she kept in touch with us, writing several times a year. I’m thankful that I got to see her as she celebrated her 90th birthday. She looked so young and beautiful that day that it was hard to believe she was that age. I know she will be missed.

  3. Lyle W Aitken says:

    Debie and Dixie:
    So sorry for your loss. Some of my first and fond memories are when our families got together. Howard’s laugh, Mary Ann’s smile and banana pudding.

    • Denise Dorf says:

      Dixie and Debbie, So sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. Such a beautiful and sweet lady! I loved running into her shopping in Kroger or Walmart. We would have the best talks and she would fill me in on you girls and what you were doing. Will be praying for you and your family. Love, Denise Dorf

  4. Lynne Harris says:

    Debie & Dixie,

    As far back as I can recall anything in my life, I remember our families getting together often at our homes and what great times we had on picnics at places like Fort Gage. Our parents always treated all of us like their own and we couldn’t get by with anything that we shouldn’t.😊 Two of my most vivid memories were having sunny-side-up eggs (you both called them dip eggs) for breakfast at your house, and Mary Ann advising me never to comb or brush my hair in the kitchen. I’ve passed on the no hair in the kitchen thing to my daughter and granddaughters and now I will be sure to tell them where I got that! I will miss your mom and cherish all of the beautiful memories. My love and condolences to both of you, Chad, Angie, Brooke, and all of Mary Ann’s family…

  5. Connie Cominsky says:

    Deb & Dix,
    Whenever the mailbox held a type written envelope addressed to me, I knew that I was in for a treat! A long, neatly typed letter containing all the current news, remembrances of past years and of course photocopied pictures or a newspaper clipping from your mom. (I loved the story of Pete frantically searching for typewriter ribbons in the age of computers!) I cherished these treasures. What patience she had when we were growing up! Your mom was one classy lady. I will miss those neatly typed letters. I will miss your mom. Much love to you girls – I feel your grief but am so happy that she is free of pain and at peace. Always, Connie

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