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Mary Ann Wixom, 78, of Rockford, passed away on Saturday, April 22, 2017, in her daughter's home. She was born September 5, 1938, in Edgerton, WI; the daughter of Fred and Kathryn (Bauer) Willmann. She was a 1956 graduate of Edgerton High School. Mary Ann was a stay at home mom raising her 3 children in their younger years. She worked as a receptionist at Chevrolet Motor Company in Janesville, Wisconsin. Later, Mary Ann went to work with the Rockford Chamber of Commerce office as a receptionist. She loved her work so much; she started and managed The Chicago & Northern Illinois Better Business Bureau Rockford Branch for the first 15 years. Once she retired from there, the office had called her and wanted her to come out of retirement, she complied and was very happy to do so. Mary Ann served with the Rockford Rotary for 10 years and was a volunteer at Anderson Gardens from 2009-2016. She was also a proud member of the Golden Agers. She enjoyed going on the day bus trips to Fireside Theatre or around the Rockford area. Mary Ann was a member of the YMCA Senior Woman's Club from 2008-present. In her free time, she enjoyed going to plays in Chicago with her daughter and reading, she was a huge Green Bay Packers fan, and she also enjoyed going to Saturday mass at St. Rita's church where she would sit with her small group of friends.
She is survived by her daughter, Lisa (Brian) Meade; son, Paul (Denise) Wixom; grandchildren, Devin, Lindsey Wixom , and her step granddaughter, Emily Meade. She is predeceased by her parents; and her son, Patrick C. Wixom, and her four footed granddaughter, Sophie. The family would like to give a thank you to OSF Hospice who has helped take care of our mother since March.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 27, 2017, in St. Rita Catholic Church, 6254 Valley Knoll Dr. with Father Howard Barch officiating. Burial in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Edgerton, Wisconsin. Visitation will be on Wednesday, April 26, 2017, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with rosary starting at 7:30 p.m. in Olson Funeral & Cremation Services, Ltd., North Main Chapel, 2811 N. Main St. Rockford. In lieu of flowers memorials to GIGI's Playhouse, 8801 N. 2nd St. Machesney Park, IL 61115.

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  1. Barbara BAUMHART

    Mary Ann will long be remembered for proudly carrying the Better Business Bureau's Torch in the Northern Illinois area. She was a faithful member of the BBB family and we shared many happy moments both in Rockford and Chicago. She so enjoyed Jim and my visits to the office and, in particular, when I would come and decorate for Christmas. May the Lord grant this loving servant ETERNAL REST and PEACE.

  2. Janet Heuer

    I will miss Mary Ann at Anderson Gardens. She was fun to be around and chat with. I send sincere condolences to her family.



  4. Lydia Gonzalez

    I don't know if I can complete telling you how much MaryAnn meant to me and Ed, my husband. MaryAnn was like no other, she had the ability to walk into your life and take on the role of mom, sister, aunt, grandmother. I loved her deeply as she shared so much with me in secret of course. "That's between you an me, keep it under your hat", she'd say. I wished that I could have gone to see her, but first she didn't want anyone to go to any trouble, second she was getting frail and not feeling up to par. God love her, as I'm sure she loves you very much, faithful and devoted to her faith and love of church masses. I truly don't want to say goodbye but know that I must, so if I break down please understand she was like a big sister to me.

  5. Michael Callies

    Ecclesiastes 3 A Time for Everything:::: There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance ................. To Mary Ann , What a blessing it was to have known such woman as you , the mother of someone ( Pat ) Who I still consider thee best friend I ever had . Many memories that will last a lifetime and you shall be sorely missed . My condolences to the Fam and I miss all you guys and the times we had . RIP Mary and God Bless Mike

  6. Vicky Reidy

    Tim and I are thinking of you at such a sad time.

  7. Mary Jo Powers

    So sorry to hear this Lisa...was she sick? Losing a parent is huge...rely on your family and friends...take good care of yourself. Know that prayers and positive energy is coming your way❤️🙏🏼ðŸ'™ðŸ™ðŸ¼ðŸ'›ðŸ™ðŸ¼ðŸ'œ

  8. Darryl and Denise Andrus

    So sorry for your loss... Thoughts and prayer are with you and your family...

  9. Lynda & Don Shearer and Brian gave your mom a lovely life when she could not provide that for herself....think how much that meant to her...God speed your family peace and comfort.

  10. Becky Lichty

    Lisa and Brian, I am so sorry for your loss. The void will be there forever, but the memories will live on. Sending hugs.

  11. Maria Schiro

    Oh Lisa! I'm so sorry to hear of this! Sending my deepest condolences to you and your family! May God bless. xo

  12. Susan Gordon

    Ken & I are with you in thoughts & prayers.

  13. Karen Johnson

    I am so sorry for your loss. Losing a parent changes your perspective on life, etc. She was so lucky to have had such a wonderful family.

  14. Cathy Wixom Heuer

    Dearest Lisa, Paul and families, There is a circle of caring and you all are right in the middle. I remember your mom as a wonderful caring person with a beautiful smile. She will be missed. Love and hugs to all.

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