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Mary Ann Bowman


March 14, 2018

HURLEY, Wis. - Mary Ann Bowman, 77, of Ironwood, passed away on Friday, March 9, 2018, at Skyview Nursing Home in Hurley.

Mary Ann was born on April 26, 1940, in Ironwood, Mich., to Peter and Pat (Guzek) Bruzdzinski. She graduated from Luther L. Wright High School in 1958. Shortly after graduation, Mary Ann worked for the Ironwood Public Schools at Norrie School until she married.

On April 22, 1961, Mary Ann married Parnell Walter Bowman at St. Michael's Church in Ironwood, by the late Rev. Frank Ronkowski. In September 1967, Parnell and Mary Ann adopted twin boys whom they named Steven Parnell and Scott Peter.

As an Air Force family, Parnell's career allowed them to live in Wisconsin, New Mexico, Germany, Hawaii and Nebraska. Parnell retired from the Air Force on July 1, 1976. After Parnell's retirement, the family returned to Ironwood. After settling in their new home, Mary Ann resumed working for the Ironwood Public Schools, working her way up to the secretary for the high school principal. She retired in the spring of 1998.

Mary Ann and Parnell enjoyed traveling, going to the casino, playing cards, grilling out and watching Packer games with Parnell's brother, Ken, and sister-in-law, Barbara Bowman. Mary Ann's hobbies included bowling, baking, cake decorating, ceramics and bingo. Along with monthly lunches with her classmates from the Class of 1958, Mary Ann and Parnell were members of the Saxon Harbor Boating Club for over 40 years.

Surviving are her two sons: Steven (Dolly) Bowman, of Brookfield, and their children, BreeAnn and Marisa, Chad Voelker, Carrie Mecikalski, Cristy Chaney, and Craig Voelker, and four great-grandchildren; Scott (Lynn) Bowman, of Negaunee, Mich., and their children, Parker and Jessica; sisters, Clara Jordan and Cecelia Stanczak and sister-in-law Barbara Bowman, all from Ironwood, and brother-in-law Clifford DeBauche, from Green Bay, Wis., along with numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Mary Ann was preceded in death by her husband, Parnell, sisters Gertrude (George) Jacobson, Barbara DuBauche, Elizabeth (Lawrence) Zanutto, brother and sister-in-law Walter (Beverly) Berzinski and brother-in-law Ken Bowman.

Visitation for Mary Ann will be on Saturday, March 17, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church, 108 S. Marquette St. in Ironwood. Memorial Mass will be on Saturday at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of Peace, with Father Robb Jurkovich officiating.

McKevitt-Patrick Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

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Mary's family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to her nieces and nephews who have helped with Mary Ann's care over the past several months. Also, thank you to the staff at Skyview Nursing Home and Regional Hospice Services of Ironwood.


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