Mary was born May 1, 1924, at Le Mars, the daughter of Joseph and Minnie (Unkrur-Santel) Wersinger. At the age of 10 months, she moved with her family to Remsen where she received her education at St. Mary's Catholic School, graduating in 1942. She worked for 41 years at West Iowa Telephone Company in Remsen retiring in 1989. In her retirement she kept busy doing volunteer work.
Mary was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church and church guild, St. Mary's Mission Association, The Prayer Affiliates of St. Francis, Catholic Daughters of America, holding offices of Conductress, financial secretary and recording secretary; The National Catholic Society of Foresters, holding the offices of Conductress, recording secretary and president.
She was also a member of The Independent Telephone Pioneers, Happy Siesta Health Auxiliary, holding the offices of recording secretary and treasurer, and Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary, holding the offices of Conductress, color bearer, flag bearer, guard and president.
She enjoyed traveling, playing cards, flowers, baking, sewing, quilting, crocheting, knitting and crafts.
Survivors include one sister, Frances Guttner of Remsen; one brother, Leonard Wersinger and his wife, Jackie of Spencer; three sisters-in-law, Margaret Wersinger of Danvers, Minn., Irma Wersinger of Mount Pleasant, Texas, and Carol Wersinger of Denver, Colo.; four nephews, Gary Guttner and his wife, Jane of Pueblo, Colo., David Wersinger and Paul Wersinger, both of Meriden, and Keith Wersinger and his wife, Sue of Boundrant; two nieces, Lisa Wersinger of Cherokee and Denise Williams and her husband, Roy of Newton; three great-nieces, Michelle Guttner of Pueblo, Colo., Christine Pritchard and her husband, Romania, and Kimberly Rino and her husband, Joe, all of Greeley, Colo.
She was preceded in death by five brothers, Leo in infancy, Arthur, Lawrence, Joseph and his wife, Viola, and Raphael Wersinger; four sisters, Bernadette Santel in infancy, Helen Jochum and her husband, Edmund, Gertrude Bush and her husband, Henry, and Rose Stallo and her husband Frank; and one brother-in-law, Ray Guttner.
Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Remsen with the Rev. William McCarthy officiating. Burial will be in the St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Remsen. Visitation will be anytime after 2 p.m. Tuesday. There will be a parish rosary at 3 p.m. and a vigil prayer service at 7:30 p.m., all at the Fisch Funeral Home and Monument in Remsen.
Casketbearers will be Charles Stallo, David, Dennis, Keith and Paul Wersinger.
Honorary bearers will be Gary Guttner, Michelle Guttner, Christine Pritchard, Kimberly Rino, Lisa Wersinger, Denise Williams.
Condolences may be sent online to www.fischfh.com.