Mary Alice (VanDamme) Fier was born on January 23, 1921, to August and Augusta (Crombeke) VanDamme. She attended District 90 Country School and graduated in the 8th grade with ceremonies in Canby. In 1958, she was united in marriage to Leo Fier at St. Eloi Catholic Church in Ghent, MN. The couple made their home and raised their daughter, Judy, on the Fier family farm in Alta Vista Township in Lincoln County. Mary enjoyed life on the farm. She enjoyed mowing her lawn, tending to her gardens and feeding the cows. Many times she would work side by side with her sister-in-law Josie Fier while their husbands were doing local custom farm work. She was a longtime active member of Sts. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church in Taunton and had a special devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Currently she was a member of St. Leo Catholic Church and honorary social member of the CCW. She will be remembered as a dedicated and loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
Mary died on Tuesday, July 10, 2018, surrounded by family at the Canby Sylvan Court in Canby, MN. She is survived by her daughter, Judy (and Richard) Pesek of Taunton, grandson Mark (and Allyson) Pesek of Porter, granddaughter Jill (and Steven) Resler of Owatonna, great-grandchildren Mya and Mak Pesek, Ava and Addison Resler, sister Annie Mathiowetz of Minneota, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, sister Elsie Kopitski and brother Albert VanDamme.