Maryann Kennedy

Maryann Blanchard Kennedy

Thursday, September 15th, 1932 - Wednesday, December 23rd, 2020
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Mass of Christian Burial for Maryann Kennedy, 88, of Marshall, will be held on Tuesday, December 29, 2020, at 11:00 a.m. at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Marshall. A walk-through visitation will take place one hour prior to the service at the church. A livestream of the service will be available at Interment will follow the service at Calvary Catholic Cemetery. Mask and social distancing requirements will be observed at all services.

Maryann (Blanchard) Kennedy was born on September 15, 1932, in Grafton, ND, to Harold and Ann (Egland) Blanchard. She grew up in Grafton and graduated from Grafton High School. In 1952, she was united in marriage to Paul Kennedy. Maryann attended nurse’s training in Grand Forks, with clinicals in Minneapolis. The couple moved to Marshall in 1964 when Paul was transferred there with the S&L Department Store. Maryann worked as a registered nurse for Weiner Memorial, retiring in 1987 after many years as the director of surgical services.

Maryann was a kind and generous woman. She was the “neighborhood mom” whose door was always open, no matter the day or time. She enjoyed collecting things from antique shops, auctions, and flea markets with Paul. She donated to the Ronald McDonald House through her collection of PEZ dispensers. Maryann also kept an impressive vegetable and flower garden. She was very family-oriented, and she relished time spent with family.

Maryann died on Wednesday, December 23, 2020, at the Madison Lutheran Home in Madison, MN. She is survived by her children Debbie (Mike) Lee of Redfield, SD, Doug (Janelle) of Madison, Michael (JoAnne) of Coon Rapids, Kevin of Buford, GA, and Brian (Glenda) of Madison; grandchildren Lora (Matt), Holly, Paul, Stephanie, Steven, Mary (Mike), Alicia, John, Kristin, David, Cody (Janey), Leah, Lennis (Kristi), Kelsey, Kara, Kaylee, Katrina (Justin), Anne, Emily, and Jack; great-grandchildren Jessica (Kota), Kennedy, Davianna, Bella, Cayden, Luke, Josh, Oliver, Nyla, Athena, Ethan, Ella, and Wren; great-great-grandchildren Tyler, Cooper, and Monte; siblings Jerry (Karen) Blanchard and Shirley Colgrove; and many nieces, nephews, and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Paul, daughter Lori Ann Heilmann, and brother Harold Blanchard.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, December 29th, 2020 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    Tuesday, December 29th, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am
    Holy Redeemer Catholic Church
    503 W. Lyon St.
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  • Service

    Tuesday, December 29th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Tuesday, December 29th, 2020 11:00am
    Holy Redeemer Catholic Church
    503 W. Lyon St.
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    Rev. Father Anthony Stubeda
  • Interment

    Calvary Catholic Cemetery
    Hwy59 and Hwy 23
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Joann Gould

Posted at 11:02am
i clean maryann home before she took ill must of worked for 2-3 years for her after i was done we would set at table for a hour talking about our familys we enjoyed that we had friends or co workers in common different profession of course i missed going there rip maryann

Paulette Hansen

Posted at 09:00pm
Mary Ann was an all-around great person. As a nurse, she was knowledgeable and made sure her department adhered to the highest standards. Outside of work, she let down her hair and joined the rest of us when we got together for birthdays, baby showers, retirements and Christmas parties, She always had great stories of the "old days" in nursing. As a mom, she spoke proudly of her kids and their accomplishments. She left big shoes to fill when she left WMMC.

Pam Wiering

Posted at 12:27pm
MaryAnn was a great nurse to work with, worked with her many yrs , and enjoyed her as a person and friend. Prayers to your family
and rest in peace you and Paul are together again. Pam Wiering

Posted at 09:25am
Maryann Kennedy was a dedicated, informed nursing professional when we worked together in the Wiener Memorial Hospital (now Avera Marshall Hospital). She had the ability to combine excellent patient care skills and nursing administration abilities to provide
the physicians and patients with excellent surgical services. Thank you to her family for their role in her care during these recent years, C. Paul Martin, M.D. Omaha, Nebraska

Pam Barrows

Posted at 08:34pm
It’s hard to put into words how much of an impact Mary Ann made on my life as well as the quality of surgical care. As a new DON @ WMMC, the Or was an area I didn’t have to worry about. I knew critical care but not surgery. Mary Ann ran a tight ship as the OR supervisor and everyone, patients, docs & staff, benefited by her expertise. She was an excellent nurse and her legacy hopefully lives on. Her children can be so very proud of their mom .
Rest In Peace, Mary Ann!

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