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Mary Ann Crary

October 02, 2020

A family service

October 06, 2020

St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church


Boulger Funeral Home

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Mary Ann Crary

October 02, 2020


Mary Ann Claire Crary
Mary Ann Crary, age 89, went home to be with the lord on Friday, October 2, 2020, lovingly surrounded by her family.
She was born in Detroit Lakes, MN on August 12, 1931, to Winifred and Louis Bernardy.

Mary Ann Bernardy married Paul Thomas Crary on August 30, 1958.
During their 49 years of marriage they shared their time between Fargo, Grand Forks, and Walhalla, ND, raising four children. As a family they enjoyed packing the station wagon and traveling throughout United States visiting many state and national parks.

Mary had a love of travel, visiting many countries throughout Europe. Her two favorites were Medugorje and the Vatican.

She loved music and was a beautiful pianist. She enjoyed NDSU football games, playing cards with her family, and shopping for a deal.

Mary had a passion of service and was an active member of Right to life, Legion of
Mary, and was a volunteer bringing food to those less fortunate.

Her greatest legacy is her perseverance to weather tough storms in life and is a witness to the healing power of the Lord’s transformation. Her final years were blessed with abundant peace and love.

Mary is survived by her children, Jeanne (Kelly O’Connell) of Kalispell, MT; Tim (Sandy) Crary of Grand Forks, ND; Joe (Mary) Crary of Bemidji, MN; Steve (Tracy)Crary, Detroit Lakes MN; 14 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren, and her sister Winfred Savageau of Fargo, ND.

Mary is preceded in death by her husband Paul Thomas, four siblings, and one great granddaughter.

A family Service will be held Tuesday October 6, 2020 at Saint Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Fargo, ND.


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17 responses to “Mary Crary”

  1. Jane Crary Dvonch. says:

    Dear Jeanne, Tim, Joe, Steve and Families,
    Mary was a wonderful lady, the last time I saw and talked with her was at my sister Marg’s funeral 8 years ago.
    Your Mom and Dad were very good to me when I was growing up. I used to come visit you all in Walhalla. Your Father was my God Father.
    My prayers are with you all.
    God Bless,
    Jane Crary Dvonch.

  2. Nancy Woodmansee says:

    We are so sorry for the loss of your Mother. Please know you are all in our thoughts and prayers.

    Nancy and Joe Woodmansee

  3. Gary and Pat Artz says:

    Winnie, our sympathy and prayers to you and all of Mary’s family. God bless you all.

  4. Karen and Tim Smith says:

    Sorry to hear about Mary passing away. Our deepest sympathies to all the family.

  5. Renee Buckman says:

    I saw the name in the paper and felt like I had met her before. I think I have as she was Aunt Winnie’s daughter. Aunt Winnie was my great Aunt. My Dad Otto (Budd) Bernardy was her nephew. A few summers ago, I and my daughter Traci were able to have lunch with Winnie Savageau and Bonnie Bernardy and her daughter, Winnie.
    Was a wonderful treat.
    My prayers go out to the family, and will be thinking of you on Tuesday.

    Renee Bernardy Buckman

  6. Vince Jr. and Becky Crary says:

    Dear Jeanne, Tim, Joe, Steve, and Families,
    Never easy to lose a parent. I of course did more with your father while growing up in Fargo but also knew your mom as well. Please know you are all in our thought and prayers, sorry we will not be able to be with you on Tuesday but you will be in our thoughts. Growing up a block east on 8th street from St Anthony’s and going to the grade school for my first eight grades makes St Anthony’s a special place. Uncle Joe and Aunt Lil were one block east on 7th street. Paul and Ann were older than me but were always very nice cousins to be around, and good to those of us cousins that were younger.
    Since your mom enjoyed bringing food to those less fortunate Becky and I would like to donate to our local food shelf in your mom’s memory.

  7. Jodi Dub says:

    Mary was a very special resident at Wheatland Terrace and will be missed. Thoughts and prayers to Mary’s family!

  8. Kristi McSparron says:

    Crary Family,
    I am so sorry for the loss of your mom. My parents, Les and Verna Helmeke, had lots of good times with your parents. I remember them all laughing and laughing when they were together. My mom really enjoyed having Mary here in Fargo too in her later years. Your mom was very sweet and always had a smile. I have fond memories of both your parents and remember are fun trips to Walhalla. I remember your family station wagon-I tried talking dad into buying one because I thought they were so neat. My prayers and thoughts are with you all.

  9. Karen Gapp says:

    Dear Jeanne and boys,

    I just read in the Forum about your mother’s passing. So very sorry. She was a lovely lady. I enjoyed her when we were neighbors in Walhalla, and we would occasionally see her in church in Fargo and have a short visit.
    I tried to keep up with her when I visited with Jeanne in Kalispell. She will be missed.

  10. Peter and Susan Lund says:

    To Mary Ann Crary’s family, We are so sorry to hear about Mary Ann’s passing. We are praying for your comfort and healing. God bless you all.

  11. Kathy Ashe says:

    I met Mary in Grand Forks at Valley 4000. I met her while distributing communion during the TV mass. She was a great lady. She prided herself in looking nice and was a lady. We had many great conversations about her travels and many things. I will miss her.Rest in peace Mary.

  12. Stremick Family, Michael and Kathy says:

    Carey Family
    Today and always, may loving memories bring you peace, comfort, and strength.
    Love, prayers and blessings to all.

  13. Lori Stremick Sorensen says:

    Sorry to hear about your mom, Mary. Prayers and thoughts to your family.

  14. Kimberly Claus (Gapp) says:

    I am so sorry for your loss…Mary had a deep faith and conviction. Prayers for you all during this time.

  15. Renee Dubourt Barry says:

    Deepest Sympathy to the Crary family. Many good memories with her and your family in the old Walhalla neighborhood. Sorry for your loss.

  16. Theresa Kalis Polkinghorne says:

    I will never forget the things she did for my mom, and I have always kept her in my heart.
    So sorry for your loss. 🙏❤️

  17. Nan LeFebvre says:

    Jeanne and family,
    I am so, so sorry for your loss. Your Mom was a wonderful person and she has left beautiful legacy in her family.
    You are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Love, Nan and Girls

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