Alston, Mary Ann


Mary Ann Alston, 93, of Winona, died on Thursday, October 17, 2019, at Sauer Healthcare.

Mary was born on March 26, 1926, in North Creek, Wis., to Peter and Julia (Jonietz) Kupietz. They later moved to Arcadia, Wis. She attended St. Aloysius Catholic School in Arcadia. She moved to Seattle, Wash., during World War II and was a "Rosie the Riveter," working in an airplane manufacturing company. She met and married Larey Vernon Alston while he was in the U.S. Navy in Seattle, Wash., in 1944. They moved to Winona after World War II. Larey passed away on April 5, 1992. She worked at Bolands Company, WinCraft and the U.S. Census Bureau. She enjoyed crossword puzzles, watching TV news and old movies, going to garage and estate sales and spending time with her grandchildren.

Mary is survived by two daughters, Lonnie (Richard) Brotzman of St. George, Kan., and Patricia (Steve) Shaw of Winona, Minn.; grandchildren, Rick, John and Julie Brotzman, and Michael, Stephen Jr., Stephanie Shaw and Katherine Adank; and great-grandchildren, Ryan and Lilly Brotzman and Elizabeth Adank. She was preceded in death by her parents, Peter and Julia Kupietz; her siblings, Ernest, Richard and Petronella; and her husband, Larey.

Thank you to Sauer Healthcare for Mary's care.

Her funeral service will be at 7 p.m. on Monday, October 28, 2019, at Hoff Celebration of Life Center, Goodview, with Deacon Justin Green officiating. Visitation will be from 6:30 p.m. until the time of the service. She will be laid to rest at St. Michael’s Cemetery in North Creek, Wis.

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