Mary died peacefully at home surrounded by her family from complications of COPD. Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at St. Boniface Catholic Church, Cold Spring, MN. Burial will be in the St. Boniface Parish Cemetery in Cold Spring. Mary’s grandsons will be pallbearers.
Visitation will be held from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. Tuesday (TODAY), September 10th at the Wenner Funeral Home in Cold Spring. St. Boniface Christian Women will pray a rosary at 4:00 p.m. Parish Prayers will be at 7:30 p.m. Visitation will continue from 9:00 – 10:45 Wednesday morning in the church narthex.
Mary Anne was born on June 15, 1940 at home, along with her twin brother Marvin, to Herbert T. and Frances A. (Peters) Schreifels in Waite Park, MN. In 1950 Mary, along with her parents and eight brothers and sisters moved to Cold Spring, MN. Mary received her education at the St. Boniface Catholic School system. She was an employee of Peters Food Market, Cold Spring and as a nursing assistant at St. Raphael’s Home in St. Cloud.
On July 26, 1958, Mary married the love of her life, Frank B. Kaufman at St. Boniface Catholic Church, Cold Spring, MN. Of this union three children were born, Bruce, Bryan, and Brenda. Shortly after their marriage, Frank re-enlisted in the U.S. Navy and Mary and Frank spent the next 20 years in many seaports, states and countries seeing the world. One of the highlights of Mary’s many moves of navy life was, May 1968, when Frank was stationed in Rome, she was privileged along with her two sons, to have a Papal visit. On June 15, 1977 Frank retired from the Navy and they returned to Minnesota. Since 1987 they have lived in Cold Spring. While living in Cold Spring, Mary worked as a receptionist at Taylor Care, St. Cloud, retiring in 1994.
Mary was active in the following organizations: St. Boniface Christian Women, Parish Council and was a Eucharistic minister at St. Boniface Church. She was an active member of the Cold Spring Lions Club, where she held various club positions.
Mary enjoyed knitting, sewing, bowling, golfing, and cooking wonderful meals for her family and hosting many family events. She was an excellent card player and enjoyed going to casinos.
Mary is survived by her husband, Frank; son, Bruce (Amber) Kaufman, and their four children, Morgan, Jacob, Benjamin, and Ashley Kaufman of Minneapolis; son, Bryan (Debra) of Bellevue, NE, and their four children, Luke (Janelle), Justin (Caroline), Zachery (Lindsey), and Katie Kaufman; daughter, Brenda (Eric) Brown of St. Cloud, and their four children, Alyssa, Mitchell, Ethan, and Anthony Brown, and three great-grandchildren, Leif, Lucy, and Presley Kaufman.
Mary is also survived by her three sisters and two brothers, Janette (Linus) Dingmann of Cold Spring, twin brother, Marvin (Janet) Schreifels of Monument, CO, Bernie (Dr. Joseph) Moore of Colorado Springs, CO, Geri (Ron) Novotny of Sauk Rapids, and Nicholas (Mary) Schreifels of Colorado Springs, CO; sister-in-laws, Rosemary, Janette, and Donna Kaufman, and many nieces and nephews.
Mary was preceded in death by her parents; five brothers, Julius, Joseph, Julian, Gerald, and Clarence.
Memorials are preferred.
Arrangements are with the Wenner Funeral Home in Cold Spring, MN.