At sunrise on the morning of March 2 , 2023, Mary Ann Voelkerding was called home to be with our Heavenly Father.
VOELKERDING, Mary Ann (Nee Stiens) Beloved wife of Thomas Voelkerding for almost 53 years. Loving mother of Jason (Megan), Jill (William) Bennison, Anne (Robert) Brown, and Abby (David) Mathews. Proud Grandmother of Jake, Samantha, Benjamin, Alexa, Zachary, Nicholas, Brady, Luke, Caleb, Mason, Madeline, Nathaniel, and Ellison. Dear sister of Tom (Judy), Rick (Donna), Nancy (Drew) Linck, Janet (Tom) Turek, and Bob (Judy) and sister-in-law of Roberta. Also survived by her many wonderful nieces, nephews, family, and friends. Preceded in death by her mother (Rita) and father (F. Oliver).
Mary Ann was born on September 15, 1948 in Cincinnati, Ohio and lived her whole life on the Westside. She graduated from Seton High School in 1966 and earned her Associates Degree in Business at the University of Cincinnati. Mary met the love of her life, Tom, whom she affectionally called Jay, at the age of 21. In the midst of raising their four children, she went to work as a travel agent where her love of adventure was born.
Mary Ann cherished her family, and nothing gave her more joy than when everyone was together... she always said that! Over the years, she loved cheering on her grandkids in a good football, volleyball, or soccer game, a swim meet, lacrosse match, or even a play. Mary felt so blessed to be such a significant part of their lives. She always told them, “I’ve got you in my pocket.” Additionally, she loved a good bargain, and you could usually find her roaming the aisles of her favorite stores, along with her unsweetened iced tea with two Splenda. As an avid reader, it wasn’t uncommon for her to churn through several books a week, as no author was off limits.
Above all, Mary was a woman of unwavering faith, positivity, gratitude, and she was the epitome of grace. Her motto was to “Count Your Blessings”, and boy did she ever. She always had a giving spirit and showed gratitude in every situation. She loved beyond measure and lived with a spunk and spirit that all who knew her loved and cherished. She was our biggest blessing.
Visitation on WEDNESDAY, March 8, at St. Joseph Church of North Bend, 25 E. Harrison Ave., from 9:30 AM until time of Memorial Mass at 11:30 AM. Please help us honor Mary’s zest for life by wearing colorful attire. Monetary donations can be made in her name to the Ronald McDonald House of Cincinnati, 341 Erkenbrecher Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45229, a foundation dear to her heart.