Mary Ann Dearman

Mary Ann Dearman, 85, of La Crosse passed away Sunday, Jan. 9, 2022, at Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse after a short battle with lung cancer. She was born on Dec. 22, 1936, to Edward and Mabel (Bloss) Schmitz.

DearmanOn Feb. 14, 1955, Mary married Robert Peek, who preceded her in death on Sept. 15, 1988. She later married Shirley “Red” Dearman, and he also preceded her in death.

Mary held many jobs over her life but the one most dear to her heart was her home day care. She loved her “kids” and they loved her. She still receives 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 the residents at Mosher Veterans Home, 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 spent many hours on various patterns for her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Her happiest moments were holding her grandbabies and great-grandbabies.

Mary is survived by two daughters, Laurel (Robert) Allen and Katherine (Merl) Strong; four sons, Randy Peek, Michael Peek, David (Jodie) Peek and Robert Peek; 13 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Joseph (Edith) Schmitz and James (Annette) Schmitz, and sister-in-law Joan Schmitz.

She was preceded in death by her husbands; a daughter-in-law, Amy Peek, and a brother, Edward.

A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 18, at Dickinson Family Funeral Home at 1425 Jackson St., La Crosse. Pastor Scott Skogen will officiate, and burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be from noon until the time of the service.

In accordance with CDC guidelines, masks are highly recommended for the safety of all attendees.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the American Legion Post 417, 700 Fisherman Road, La Crosse, WI 54603

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