Mary Ann Waller was born at St. Mary’s Hospital in Nebraska City on January 31, 1945, to parents Leo and Laurine (Heng) Volkmer. She was one of seven children in a large Catholic family.
Her early days growing up on a farm and her strong Catholic faith were gifts she treasured her entire life. Mary Ann graduated from Lourdes Central Catholic High School in 1962, before attending Lincoln School of Commerce.
On May 30, 1964, she was united in marriage to Ronald Waller at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Julian, NE. The couple had two daughters, Ronna and Deanna, and they made their home in various Iowa towns including Shenandoah, Clinton, Camanche, and Essex.
Mary Ann worked as a banker in Shenandoah for many years and co-owned the Gas Lamp Restaurant in Essex before retiring after her husband’s death. In 1999, she moved to Omaha to be closer to family. She enjoyed spoiling her three grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Their favorite memories of her include her decorated sugar cookies and gingerbread houses. Mary Ann was known to all as a strong survivor. She endured many hardships, yet always relied on her faith to see her through. Mary Ann died peacefully on October 26, 2022, at Hospice House-the Josie Harper Residence following a well-fought battle with cancer.
Preceding her in death are her parents, Leo and Laurine Volkmer; husband, Ronald Waller; daughter, Ronna Bremer; brother, Keith Volkmer; sister-in-law, Marlene Volkmer; brothers-in-law, Virgil Waller and Jerry Waller.
Those left to treasure her memory include her daughter and son-in-law, Deanna and Mike Stevens of Omaha, NE; three grandchildren: Samantha Freye, Stephen Bremer, and Kate Stevens; four great-grandchildren: Bernice Trapp, Jeb Bremer, Lucy Freye, and Mia Bremer; sisters: Sr. Veronica Volkmer of Waverly, NE, Marlene Ricketts (Joe) of Omaha, NE, and Kathy Camby (Shu) of Roca, NE; brothers: Lee Volkmer (Mary Jean) of Lincoln, NE and Gary Volkmer (Celeste) of Omaha, NE; sisters-in-law: Mary Harbaugh (Rick), Marlene Waller, and Ann Waller; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Those wishing to share a blessing in Mary Ann’s name are invited to send memorials to Lourdes Central Catholic School (Nebraska City), St. Mary’s Catholic Church (Nebraska City), Hospice
House-the Josie Harper Residence (Omaha) or the Open Door Mission (Omaha).
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