LA CROSSE – Mary Ann Dearman, 85, of La Crosse, died Sunday January 9, 2022 at Mayo Clinic Health System, La Crosse after a brief battle with lung cancer. She was born on December 22, 1936 to Edward and Mabel (Bloss) Schmitz. On February 14, 1955, Mary married Robert Peek and he preceded her in death on September 15, 1988. She later married Shirley “Red” Dearman and he also preceded her in death.
Mary has had many jobs in her life, but her favorite thing to do is day care at home. She loved her “children” and they loved her. She still gets Christmas cards from some of her families. She was an active member of American Legion Post 417, working at Chicken Q’s, bake sales, and bingo and Christmas parties for residents of the Mosher Veterans Home, and always baking sugar-free cookies for the diabetic residents. She was an avid gardener and had beautiful flower gardens and planters. She loved to crochet and would spend many hours creating different patterns for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Her happiest moments were her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Mary is survived by two daughters: Laurel (Robert) Allen, Katherine (Merl) Strong; four sons: Randy Peek, Michael Peek, David (Jodie) Peek and Robert Peek; thirteen grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; two brothers: Joseph (Edith) Schmitz, James (Annette) Schmitz and sister-in-law Joan Schmitz. Her husbands preceded her in death; a daughter-in-law, Amy Peek and a brother, Edward.
A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, January 18, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. at the Dickinson Family Funeral Home, 1425 Jackson Street, La Crosse. Pastor Scott Skogen will officiate and the burial will be at Oak Grove Cemetery. There is a viewing from 12:00 p.m. until the service.
Per CDC guidelines, masks are highly recommended for the safety of all attendees.
Memorials may be presented in lieu of flowers to American Legion Post 417, 700 Fisherman Road, La Crosse, WI 54603
Online condolences can be sent to the family at www.dickinsonfuneralhomes.com
Published by La Crosse Tribune on January 14, 2022.