Mary Ann Mergen Kirschbaum, daughter of Nick and Elizabeth (Besch) Mergen, was born May 6, 1927, in Whittemore, Iowa. She attended country schools and Presentation Academy in Whittemore, graduating in 1945. She was Kossuth County Deputy Recorder after graduating and in later years was the bookkeeper for Thermogas Company for 17 years.
Mary Ann was married to Leo Kirschbaum on October 14, 1947, at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Whittemore, Iowa. The couple made their home in Sexton, Iowa for 64 years before moving into Algona, Iowa in August of 2011.
Mary Ann was a member of St. Cecelia's Catholic Church in Algona and prayed weekly in the Adoration Chapel since it opened. She enjoyed playing cards, walking, dancing, reading, and traveling.
Mary Ann died Thursday, July 15, 2021, at the Kossuth Regional Health Center in Algona. She was 94.
She is survived by four sons, Kenneth (Jayne) of Garner, IA, Allan (Tamara) of Grants Pass, OR, Roger of Davenport, IA, and Craig (Deb) of Aurora, CO; 13 grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews, and friends.
Mary Ann was preceded in death by her parents, husband Leo in 2017; four brothers, Leo, Peter, Joe, and Jim Mergen; and four sisters: Elizabeth Reding, Susan Reding, Dorothy Plathe, and Phyllis Bormann.