Mary Niccolai Wientjes (1915 – 2010)

Mary Wientjes, a resident of Kenosha, died Friday September 10, 2010 at Parkside Manor.

Mary was born on January 23, 1915 in Woodstock IL, the daughter of Peter and Caroline (Franceschi) Niccolai. She came to Kenosha in 1920 and was educated in the schools of Kenosha. Mary graduated from Victory Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in 1936 and pursued post graduate work in psychiatry. She also graduated from Marquette University in 1952.

Mary served in the U.S. Airforce as a nurse (2nd Lieutenant) from January 1941 to August 1941.

Mary was employed at local hospitals then for 10 years at Victory Memorial Hospital Lake County TB Sanitarium Clinic in Waukegan. She was also a consultant for the Department of Public Health with the state of Illinois. Mary also worked at VA Hospitals in Illinois and retired in 1971.

Mary was a charter member of St. Marks Catholic Church as well as a member of Womens Aglow. She was a member of Senior Chorus. Mary was involved in many prayer groups and bible studies. She was also a member of Charismatic Renewal Group (1972). She was also active with a Bennet Lake prayer group and the Shalom Center. Mary was a past member of St. Marys Catholic Church.

Mary is survived her daughter Mary Carol Spanski of Nixa MO, step grandchildren Adam (Natalie Szabo) Spanski, Diana (Kevin) Kerwin, Carol (Joseph) Esch, step great grandchildren Justyn Spanski, Danielle Kerwin, Allyson Kerwin, Conner Kerwin, Lucas Paul Kerwin, Clarice Esch, and two sisters Elizabeth Niccolai of Kenosha and Lillian Hartnell of Kenosha. She is further survived by many nieces and nephews.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents, one sister Marguerite, and five brothers Albert, Edward, Frank, Peter, and Alfred

A memorial service mass will be held on Wednesday September 15, 2010 at 11:00 AM at St. Marks Catholic Church (7117-14th Avenue). Visitation with the family will be held on Wednesday at the church from 10:00 AM until the time of service. Burial will follow at St. James Catholic Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Shalom Center or St. Marks Catholic Church would be appreciated.

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