MARY LEE. WISSMAN age 91,
Of New Bremen, died on Easter Sunday, April 9, 2023 at 9:35 A.M. at the Elmwood Assisted Living of New Bremen, where she had resided since moving home from Florida in 2020. She was born on October 30, 1931 in St. Marys Twp., near St. Marys, the daughter of the late William J. and Marie A. (Oldiges) Doenges. On July 12, 1950, she married James C. Wissman, who died on March 7, 2015. Surviving are her children: Tom (Denise) Wissman of Longmont, CO, Dianne (Carl) Schwartz of New Bremen, Rick (Pam) Wissman of Loveland, CO, Donna (Scott) Brinkman of Louisville, KY, Sherri Harris of Roswell, GA, and a daughter in-law Teresa Wissman of New Bremen; her sixteen grandchildren, and twenty great-grandchildren. Also left to cherish her memory are her in-laws Irene Doenges of New Bremen, and Jerry (Arlene) Wissman of Minster. Along with her parents and husband, Mary was preceded in death by a son Larry Wissman, and her siblings and in-laws: Louis (Lucille) Doenges, Vernon (Eileen) Doenges, Ralph (Maize) Doenges, Wallace Doenges, and John (Ann) Wissman.
Mary was a 1949 graduate of St. Marys Memorial High School. She had been a member of the Church of the Holy Redeemer in New Bremen where she sang in the church choir and also sang at many weddings. After moving to Florida in 1977, she and Jim had also been members at the Holy Family Catholic Church in St. Petersburg, where she was heavily involved with the Council of Catholic Women. She was an excellent mother and dedicated homemaker who efficiently ran the household. Outside the home, she kept active by volunteering to work the voting polls, being a Girl Scout Troop Leader, playing in a number of card clubs, and was an avid bowler. Mary was a talented musician who loved to play the piano.
A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at the Church of the Holy Redeemer in New Bremen on Saturday, April 15, 2023 at 10:00 A.M. with the Rev. Fr. Mark Hoying and Deacon Mr. Greg Bornhorst officiating. Inurnment will follow in the St. Augustine’s Cemetery in Minster. Calling hours will be held on Saturday morning starting at 8:30 A.M. until the time of the Mass, AT THE CHURCH. Memorial contributions in memory of Mary can be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (www2.jdrf.org/donate) or to the Leukemia Research Foundation (www.leukemiarf.org/donate). Gilberg-Hartwig Funeral Home in New Bremen is assisting the family with arrangements, and memories and condolences can be shared with the family on the funeral home website at www.gilberghartwigfh.com.