Mary Ann Andera , 83
Sat, 05/19/2018 - 5:17pm admin
March 24, 1935 —
May 15, 2018
Lawler - Mary Ann Andera , age 83, of rural Lawler, Iowa (west of Protivin) passed away Tuesday, May 15, 2018 in Waterloo, Iowa with family at her side.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m., Monday, May 21, 2018, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Protivin, Iowa, with burial in the church cemetery. Visitation will be held 2-5 p.m., Sunday, May 20 at Hindt-Hudek Funeral Home in Protivin, and will continue for an hour Monday at the church.
Mary Ann was born on March 24, 1935 to Alois and Alice (Lukes) Fencl on the family farm in Winneshiek County, just east of Protivin.
Mary Ann was the oldest of six children. She attended Holy Trinity Catholic School in Protivin, often walking to school with neighbors or by horse and sleigh driven by her daddy. Graduating from Rudolphinum High School in 1954, where she was a cheerleader for two years and played basketball for two years.
She met William Andera, who was home on leave from the Navy, at the Inwood Ballroom in Spillville, Iowa. They married on Aug. 24, 1954. They lived in San Leandro, Calif. for six months, returning to Iowa in 1956 so Willie could help on the family farm. The couple purchased a farm five miles west of Protivin in March 1956, where they raised six children. After 58 years of marriage Willie passed away on April 25, 2013.
She enjoyed babysitting in the neighborhood and worked at the Protivin Telephone Office for three years. She was a Protivin Peppy Pals 4-H member, a lifetime member of Holy Trinity Church in Protivin and a proud 50-year member of the VFW Auxiliary.
Mary Ann enjoyed helping with the Black Angus cattle and calves (she was referred to as Grandma cow), star gazing, looking for arrowheads and agates on the farm, putting together puzzles, playing solitaire, feeding and watching the birds, watching the Chicago Cubs and Iowa Hawkeyes, taping Full House episodes for the grandkids so she could see the Golden Gate Bridge. She loved her family, her town of Protivin, her church, St. Patrick’s Day, everything Irish and, of course, the color blue.
Mary Ann is survived by her six children, Sally (Gary) Wichman of Gilbertville, Iowa, Deborah (Paul) Schaefer of Waterloo, Iowa, Kenneth (Jeri) Andera of Cresco, Iowa, Sandra (Pete) Schrandt of Cambria, Wis. Cynthia Pitulla of Lakeland, Minn. and Patrick Andera of Austin, Minn.; 21 grandchildren, Lisa (Matt) Abbas, Christopher (Stefani) Wichman, Adam (Laura) Schaefer, Anne Schaefer, Allison (Kyle) Ramaker, Aaron and Aimee Schaefer, Benjamin, Mark, Matthew and John Andera, Sullivan, Clayton, Simon, Cooper and Olive Schrandt, Angus and Ryan Pitulla, Justin (Whitnei) Abel, Bethany (Matt) Regitschnigand Nicholas Andera; and 12 great grandchildren, Lynae and Quinn Abbas, Claire, Natalie, Samuel and Grace Schaefer, Jace Andera, Colton and Harper Ramaker, Coen and Greenlee Abel and Briella Regitschnig.
She is also survived by one sister, Betty Falada of Decorah, Iowa; four brothers, Leonard (Doris) Fencl of Calmar, Iowa, Victor (Sharla) Fencl of Calmar, James Fencl of Charles City, Iowa, Ernest (Martha) Fencl of Cedar Falls, Iowa; sisters-in-law, Doris Andera of Ft. Atkinson, Iowa, Janet Andera of Cresco and Darlene Andera of Spillville, Iowa; and brother-in-law, James Soukup of Decorah.
Mary Ann was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; father and mother-in-law, Albert and Frances (Humpal) Andera; brothers-in-law, Edward, Albert, Louis, Frank, Matt, Cyril, Bobby and Larry Andera; and sisters-in-law, Adella, Francis, Marcella and Mary.