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Blosser, Mary Ann Pankratz (1917-2009)

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Mennonite Weekly Review obituary: 2009 Apr 13 p. 17

Birth date: 1917 Nov 8

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Mary Ann Blosser, 91, died March 30, 2009, at Kidron Bethel Healthcare in North Newton, Kan. She was born Nov. 8, 1917, to Gerhard G. and Anna (Frey) Pankratz in Goessel.

On June 23, 1946, she married J. Richard Blosser in Newton. He served 32 years as assistant editor and associate editor of Mennonite Weekly Review. He preceded her in death on Dec. 24, 1998.

She graduated from Bethel College in North Newton with a degree in home economics. She taught for 24 and a half years in the Kansas school system, home economics at the high school level and English, reading and spelling in the seventh and eighth grades. She did office work while attending college and for three years after retiring from teaching.

She was an active member of Bethel College Mennonite Church of North Newton. She enjoyed reading, sewing and quilting. She delighted in having her family together, especially for birthdays and holidays.

Survivors include two daughters, Carol Temple and her husband, Larry, of McPherson, and Debra Penner and her husband, Lee, of Newton; a daughter-in-law, Sarita Blosser of Goessel; and five grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, J. Richard Blosser; a son, Don Blosser; three sisters, Amanda Schrag, Linda Pankratz and Eva (Epp) Unruh; and three brothers, Ted Pankratz, Gus Pankratz and Peter Pankratz.

Services were held at Bethel College Mennonite Church. Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery of Newton.

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