Longtime resident of Petoskey, Mary Ann Gengle passed away early Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013, at Hiland Cottage, surrounded by her loving family.
Mary Ann was born to Judge Joseph Patrick and Lena Emma (Diekman) Murphy on April 9, 1924, in Big Rapids. She was raised in Petoskey, attending Petoskey High School, graduating with the class of 1941. She continued her education as a student of Cheboygan County Normal and later Central State Teachers College, now Central Michigan University; eventually earning a degree in education. Following college she taught in a one-room school house in Coldwater, followed by positions as fourth-grade teacher in both Charlevoix and then Petoskey at Lincoln Elementary.
In 1952, she married Anthony "Tony" Gengle. Tony preceded her in death in November of 2008.
Mary Ann was first and foremost a mother to her five children; in all things she put their needs first. Next, she was a good friend and neighbor; wherever she found someone in need she was there offering a helping hand. She truly loved Petoskey, and was a fount of knowledge on the topic of local history. Mary Ann volunteered her time to countless community activities, events and groups. She served in many elections as a volunteer in the 3rd Ward, and as a faithful member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church she served in the Altar Society with the ladies of Circle Six.
She was a huge sports fan and was an avid supporter of Notre Dame, the Detroit Tigers and, of course, the Petoskey Northmen and St. Francis Crusaders, not necessarily in that order.
Mary Ann is survived by four of her five children, Mary Lieberman, Tim, Mark (Liz) and Becky (Jim) Ance. She is also survived by her nine grandchildren who include; Kyle (Beth) Lieberman, Bethany Lieberman, Erin (Wes) Weaver, Brittany Gengle, Dillon Ance, Kelsey Ance, Mary Catherine Gengle, Clare Gengle and Celine Gengle, and by sisters-in-law, Arlene Murphy, Mary Richardson and Ginny Gengle, and her many friends in the "Thursday Lunch Bunch." Including her former husband, Tony, Mary Ann was also preceded in death by her parents; her son, Joe; and her brothers, Fr. Cronan Murphy, OFM, and Judge John T. Murphy.
To her many friends she was a rock of support, to her family she was simply the best mother and grandmother anyone could ever have. May the road rise up to meet you, may the wind be always at your back, and until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand. We will miss you!
Mary Ann's life will be celebrated with a funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 22, at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, at Stone Funeral Home and again 9:30-10:30 a.m. Friday at the church within the church gathering space. Interment will take place within Greenwood Cemetery.
Those wishing to honor her memory with a charitable contribution are asked to consider Brother Dan's Food Pantry or Hospice of Little Traverse Bay.
Friends and family are welcome to share memories or offer condolences online at www.stonefuneralhomeinc.com.
Mary Ann Gengle, 88
Mary Ann Gengle (February 19, 2013)