Gothenburg Resident: Mary Ann Williams, age 81 (1933-2014)

Mary Ann Williams, 81, of Gothenburg, Nebraska, died February 11th, 2014, after a short illness at Gothenburg Memorial Hospital in Gothenburg.

Mary Ann was born on January 10th, 1933, to Cobus J. and Hattie (Gerdes) Ostendorf on their family farm north of Willow Island. She was baptized and confirmed in the American Lutheran Church and was a lifetime member. On November 14th, 1953, she was united in marriage to Gordon Williams in Gothenburg, to this union two children were born: a son Rick and daughter Marcia.

Mary Ann attended Kearney State Teachers College and obtained her Rural School Teacher's Certificate. She taught in the rural districts until 1960 and then substituted another one and a half years. She then spent her days raising her children and making a home. She found the time to write a column for the Tri-City TRIBUNE called "Out My Window" for several years. Being very socially active, Mary Ann greeted new arrivals to the community through the Welcome Wagon. She belonged to the VFW Auxiliary and SSS Club. She spent numerous hours playing cards and visiting with friends.

Survivors include her husband of 60 years, Gordan Williams of Gothenburg, her son Rick Williams of Stratton, Nebraska; daughter Marcia Miller (Greg Nielsen) of Aurora, Nebraska; special daughter-in-law Joyce Williams of Dorchester, Nebraska. four grandchildren Zechariah (ShaVon) Williams of Dorchester; Christopher (Kristin) Williams of Waverley; Stephen (Lacy Bown) Miller of LaVista, Remington (Mandie) Miller of Madison, South Dakota; three great grandchildren: Kelton Williams, Reagan Williams, Colten Miller; two sisters Francis Schultz of Gothenburg, Vera Schmitz of Graceville, Minnesota; numerous nieces and nephews, cousins, and extended family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents Cobus J. and Hattie Ostendorf; her siblings, Sophie Brecks, Ida Lindner, Margaret Schnackenberg, Cobus G. Ostendorf, Marcus Ostendorf, Edward Ostendorf, Orville Ostendorf (a casualty of WWII), and three siblings that died in infancy.

Funeral services were held at American Lutheran Church, Monday, February 17th, 2014, at 10:30 am with Rev. Jon Mapa and Pastor Larry Viter officiating.

Interment followrf in the Gothenburg Cemetery, Gothenburg, Nebraska.

Memorials may be given to the American Lutheran Church, 1512 Avenue G, Gothenburg, NE 69138, Faith Chapel, 520 9th, Gothenburg, NE 69138, or Gothenburg Volunteer Fire Department, 602 Tenth Street, Gothenburg, NE 69138. To sign the online guest book, go to


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