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Mary Ann Wanous, 88, Owatonna

Mary Ann Wanous, 88, Owatonna, obituary

Mary Ann Wanous passed away June 3, 2024, at Traditions II Care Facility in Owatonna.

Mary Ann was born at home in Somerset Township, Steele County, on March 23, 1936, to parents John Wanous and Mary (Suchanek) Wanous. Mary Ann attended District 76 country school in Steele County and was a 1953 graduate of Ellendale High School. Mary Ann worked briefly in Rochester, and Minneapolis, before beginning a 40-plus year career at Federated Insurance in Owatonna. Mary Ann began her career at Federated in the steno pool and retired as an executive secretary.

Mary Ann was a lifelong baseball fan and especially enjoyed following the Minnesota Twins. She also enjoyed reading and traveling (Branson, Mo., was a favorite destination). She was an accomplished seamstress and quilter—her nieces, nephews and friends have been recipients of her beautiful handiwork.

Mary Ann is survived by nieces and nephews (and their spouses): Joanne Joachim of Shakopee; Bonnie Joachim of Owatonna; James Joachim of Owatonna; Pamela Joachim of Carver; Robert Joachim of Owatonna; David Joachim of Claremont; Sandra Joachim-Sonderby of Maple Grove; Denise Joachim-Etrheim of Plover, Wis.; Cindy (Wanous) Kubicek of Lakeville; Mark Wanous of Owatonna; Lori (Wanous) Treibenbach of Osakis, Minn.; and Linda (Wanous) Malecha of Owatonna. Mary Ann is survived by several great nieces and nephews and great-great nieces and nephews. Mary Ann is also survived by sisters-in-law Selma Wanous of Osakis, and Lillian Wanous of Owatonna.

Mary Ann was pre-deceased by parents John and Mary Wanous; sister Albina Joachim and brothers Jerome and Gordon Wanous. She was also pre-deceased by nephew Gary Joachim.

Funeral Mass will be held Saturday, July 27, 2024, at 10:30 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 810 S. Cedar Ave., Owatonna, with visitation one hour prior to the service at the church. There will be a rosary recited by Catholic Daughters of America at 10 a.m.

Memorials are preferred to Sacred Heart Cemetery Fund, Community Pathways Food Fund or Steele County History Center. For more information or to leave an online message of condolence, go to

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