Mary Ann (Serns) Seidel, 86, of Beloit, WI, peacefully left this world to go walk with her Lord on Saturday, February 3, 2018. She was surrounded by her loving family as she made the transition to her new home in heaven. Mary Ann was a New Year's baby, born January 1, 1932 to Mae and Clyle Serns in Beloit, Wisconsin. She attended Brother Dutton School and was a lifelong member of St. Jude Parish. She graduated from Beloit High School in 1949 where she met the love of her life, Bob Seidel. They married in 1950 and not long after she moved to Hawaii to join Bob who was stationed at Pearl Harbor in the Navy. Their son Gary was born there. Upon returning to Beloit, Wisconsin they built their own home on the west side, and expanded it as their family grew to five children.
Mary Ann was a homemaker and her family was her greatest joy. She absolutely loved being a mom and later grandmother. Mary Ann saved every piece of artwork her kids and grandkids ever made. She loved watching her children and grandchildren in their sports and activities. Mary Ann loved her garden and her flowers. She was a home visitor volunteer for over 12 years when Beloit Hospice began in the Stateline area and we are so grateful they were part of supporting her and her family in her last days. Throughout her life she was very active at St. Jude Church and the Marion Guild. Mary Ann was a volunteer for the Stateline Pregnancy Helpline from when it first started, and has continued with helping organize their annual Mother's Day Rose Sale. She was a prayer leader in the Curcillo Movement. She loved dressing up and putting on her fancy red hat for her Red Hat outings with the Scarlett Belles. Mary Ann loved vacationing with her family and they all cherish their Northwoods family vacations and the memories they made together. She and Bob enjoyed their journeys to Europe, Jamaica, Oregon, Florida and many other places. To Mary Ann, life was an adventure and she relished exploring new places and new foods. She loved to meet new people and always greeted everyone with her big smile. She loved life and especially had strong faith in God and was her family's prayer "warrior".
Mary Ann was welcomed into heaven by her parents Mae and Clyle Serns and her son Gary Seidel. She is survived by her beloved baby brother Clyle (Ro-Ann) Serns, Brighton, MI; her loving husband of 67 years Bob Seidel; her children Dan (Marcia) Seidel of St. Charles, MO; Cindy (Perry) Folts Beloit; Therese (Dave) Oldenburg, Beloit; Jim (Deb) Seidel of Fort Mill, SC and daughter-in-law Cindy (Gary) Seidel of Beloit; her beloved grandchildren Marcus and Matt Seidel; Tyler, Josh and Katie Oldenburg; and Allison and Grace Seidel. Due to her delicious muffins she made and shared, she was lovingly known as "Muffin Grandma" to Gary's stepsons Nathan, Eric (Riley) and Andrew (Allysa) Rohrer and was great-grandma to Brysen and Camden Rohrer. She was a beloved "grandma" to many exchange students as well as friends of her children and grandchildren, and she treated them all as her own. We thank Beloit Regional Hospice and Beloit Memorial Hospital staff for their care of Mary Ann.
A Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, February 9, 2018 in St. Jude Catholic Church, 737 Hackett St., Beloit, WI, with Fr. John Hedrick and Monsignor Terry Connors concelebrating. Burial will be in Mt. Thabor Cemetery. Visitation of remembrance will be from 9 a.m. until 10:15 a.m. Friday in the church. Daley Murphy Wisch & Associates Funeral Home and Crematorium, 2355 Cranston Road, Beloit, WI, assisted the family with arrangements.
Memorials may be given in Mary Ann's name to Willow Women's Center (formerly Stateline Pregnancy Center), an organization that Mary Ann has supported and volunteered for since its inception.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.daleymurphywisch.com