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Mary Elizabeth (née Dunstan) Witherow

May 5, 1942 ~ September 29, 2021 (age 79)


Mary Elizabeth (née Dunstan) Witherow, of Remer, Minnesota passed away on September 29, 2021 at the age of 79.

Mary was born May 5, 1942 in Ely, MN to Ernest Floyd and Ina Marie (née Hautala) Dunstan and raised in Ely, Minn.

Mary is a graduate of Ely Memorial High School and briefly attended Ely Junior College before receiving her BS in Music Education at Bemidji  State College.

On August 15th, 1964 she married Tom Witherow at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, Ely, MN.  Mary was a devoted wife and mother, while dedicating a 40 year career to public education. She taught music in schools throughout Minnesota and Iowa until her later years serving as a substitute and mentoring group home children. 

Mary had a strong belief in God with a deep underlying faith.  She was a Church organist in the many towns they lived in as well as a private piano teacher to many.  She retired in 2004.

Mary was generous with her time and talents, always quilting and baking for family and friends.  She loved the Minnesota air, enjoying the tall pines and tending to her flowers. When she wasn’t outside she was playing her piano, reading mysteries, enjoying computer solitaire, crossword puzzles or having coffee and conversation at the local café.

She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Tom; daughter, Krista Witherow (Frankie) of Prescott, Az. and son, Kyle Witherow (Tracey) of Woodbury, Minn.; two grandchildren Claire and Cole Witherow; brother Richard Dunstan (Desi) of Ely,Minn. She is preceded in death by her parents Ernest and Ina Dunstan; sister, Bonnie Jean; brothers James Dunstan and Arthur “Skipper” Dunstan.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial donation in memory of Mary can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Minnesota Chapter, 7900 W. 7th St., Suite 100, Edina, MN 55439;

Entrusted to O’Halloran and Murphy Cremation and Funeral Services of Woodbury, MN.


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