Mary Wilder, 1924-2016

Published 11:59 am Thursday, April 7, 2016

Memorial services for Mary M. Wilder of Albert Lea will be at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Theodore Catholic Church in Albert Lea. The Rev. Russell Scepaniak will officiate. Friends may greet the family one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be in St Casimir’s Cemetery in Wells.

Mary died Monday, April 4, 2016, at St John’s Lutheran Community in Albert Lea. She was 92.

Mary was born Feb. 2, 1924, the daughter of John and Louise (Kobernus) Kent. She graduated from public school and received her teacher’s certificate from the Mankato Normal School. She taught school for one year and in 1946 was united in marriage to Clement “Bud” Wilder. She was then a stay-at-home mother who raised their eight children.

Mary Wilder

Mary Wilder

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Mary was an active member of St. Theodore Catholic Church, working with the Catholic Church Women and the prayer chain. She enjoyed gardening, crocheting, canning, quilting and baking. She loved playing cards and cribbage,and her quiet time prayed the rosary.

Mary is survived by her children Larry (Miriam) Wilder of Williston, North Dakota, Chuck (Karen) Wilder of Albert Lea, Ron (Beth) Wilder of Alden, Ken (Sheryl) Wilder of Waseca, Dave (Cari) Wilder of St. Cloud, Tim (Nancy) Wilder of Warrens, Wisconsin, and Kathy (Eric) Batt of Fishers, Indiana; and grandchildren Andrew (Terri) Wilder, Emily (John) Gorman, Laurie (Mitch) Kok, Chase (Dani) Theige, Chirsty (Lloyd) Sund, Ben Wilder, Jill Wilder (Pat Murphy), Justin (Sarah) Wilder, Nathan (LeeAnn) Wilder, Shane (Whitney) Wilder, Henrik Wilder, Jesse (Sarah) Wilder, Kelly (Brandon) Sommers, Dan (Leigh) Wilder, Tom Wilder (Katie Schmidt), Mathew Wilder, John (Kristina) Wilder, Sarah (James) Jones, Sister Anne Therese, Trenton (Savanna) Wilder, Travis Wilder (Lieah), Mikayla Batt, Marissa Batt, Jared Batt, Joshua Batt and Joe Batt. There are 20 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Jean Norton of Hill City and Pat Purdes of Champlain; sisters-in-law Carol Kent of St. Francis and Arlene Kent of Cambridge; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Bud; daughter, Joyce; and brothers George, Bill, Jack, Jerry, Harold, Don and Jim Kent.