Mary Ann Jirik, 75, of Springfield, Mo., passed away Wednesday, March 11, 2009, in her home following a long illness.
She was born March 24, 1933 in Verona, Mo., to Albert and Flora Pfitzner Schmidt.
Mary Ann lived in the Verona and Monett area until moving to Springfield in 1996. She married LeRoy Jirik on January 30, 1954 and he survives. She worked at First National Bank and Wells Aluminum in Monett, Mo. After moving to Springfield, she worked part-time in banking.
She is survived by three daughters, Carolyn Oddo and husband, Ed, of Exeter, N.H., Marilyn Fare and husband, Steve, of Willard, Mo., and Donna Jirik, of Springfield, Mo.; and one special grandson, Caleb Fare, of Willard, Mo. She is also survived by a sister, Marguerite Butterworth, and husband Bill, of Monett, Mo.; four brothers, Andrew Schmidt of Ark., Carl Schmidt and wife, Jackie, of Rogersville, Mo., Leo Schmidt and wife Janice, Ralph Schmidt and wife, Jeannie, of Monett, Mo.; a sister-in-law Joyce Tinklepaugh, of Monett, Mo.; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Mary Ann was preceded in death by a brother, Joe Schmidt, her parents and a niece.
Rosary services were held at Gorman-Scharpf Funeral Home located at 1947 E. Seminole in Springfield, Mo. on Sunday, March 15, 2009, at 3 p.m. with visitation to follow.
Funeral mass was held on Monday, March 16, 2009, at 10:30 a.m. in St. Agnes Cathedral, 533 S. Jefferson in Springfield with Reverend Michael McDevitt celebrant. Burial was in Resurrection Cemetery in Springfield, Mo.
Special thanks to my loving family. To my husband for his constant daily care. To my daughter for their care, daily phone calls, food and visits. Also a special thanks to the doctors and staff at St. John's Clinic and Healthcare, especially St. John's Hospice.