Mary Ann Gard, age 86, of Highland, passed away Monday, September 20, 2021. She is survived by her son Glen (Sarah) Gard; daughters Laura (Fred) Wanicki and Lois Gard-Kish (Julius); grandchildren Stephanie (Ryan) Spencer and Mallory Wanicki; step grandchildren Emily, Alison, and Andrew Doran; great grandchildren Grayson, Mera, and Kinsey Spencer; sister Gloria (John) Fekete; many nieces and nephews; best friend and neighbor Betty Adams; and pen pal of 74 years Elsie Ragany and family. She was preceded in death by her husband Bill Gard and brother John (Dorothy) Orban.
Visitation will be held at the Fagen-Miller Funeral Home, 2828 Highway Ave in Highland on Thursday, September 23, 2021 from 3-7 pm. A funeral mass will be held at Our Lady of Grace on Friday, September 24, 2021 at 10:30 am. Cremation to follow.
Mary Ann was a loving wife, mother, grandmother & great-grandmother who loved to bake for all occasions. She was best known for her Nut Roll at Christmas, Cookies for fishing trips, Cheesecakes for Birthday's & numerous other pies, cakes, & desserts of which family & friends claimed as their personal favorite. She loved roses & tended to a small rose garden off the patio in their back yard. She and her husband, Bill, loved to travel across the country with their friends & has many, many photo albums to prove it! She worked for several years as a Receptionist for the Smutzer Dental Office. After retiring, there was more time for travels & watching the family grow. Through the years she truly enjoyed doing jigsaw puzzles. Some of the pieces came easy & some were very hard. These "pieces" also made up the story of her life & her puzzle was complete on 9/20/21. The family would like to extend a special Thank You to the caring staff at the William J Riley Memorial Residence through Hospice of the Calumet Area.
In lieu of flowers or plants, please donate to Hospice of the Calumet Area or The Share Foundation.
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The SHARE Foundation
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Hospice of the Calumet Area
600 Superior Drive, Munster IN 46321