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Mary S. Demann

Mary went to be with her Lord and Savior, Wednesday, August 5, 2020 at home, surrounded by family following a brief illness.

She was born March 30, 1958 in St. Joseph, MI to the Rev. Emerson and Eleanor Minor. The youngest of five children, Mary graduated from Plainwell High School in 1976. While in high school she played a supporting role in the Musical, “The Wizard of Oz.” She graduated from Pine Rest School of Nursing in 1978 with an LPN Degree in nursing. Prior to her marriage she worked at Pipp-Borgess Hospital in Plainwell.

Mary was an active member of East Martin Christian Reformed Church. She was a volunteer at Christian Neighbors and helped pack summer kid food bags and helped with the newsletters. She also enjoyed camping, word puzzles, mowing the lawn, knitting, crocheting and baking. She took pleasure in decorating her old farmhouse in “old farmhouse” style. She loved to “gator” back and forth to the farm where she would feed calves with her granddaughter, Kinsler. She walked nearly every day and loved studying the Bible. Her favorite times were with her granddaughter, Kinsler, whom she absolutely adored. Kinsler and Mary loved to cook and bake together and play babies.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents.

She is survived by her loving husband, Steve, of nearly 39 years, her son, Brian (Jill) DeMann and her granddaughter, Kinsler DeMann and her in-laws, Paul and Betty DeMann, all of Martin. Mary is also survived by her siblings, Tad (Carol) Minor of Traverse City, Martha (Robert) Reeves of Kalamazoo, Tom (Melinda) Minor of Tecumseh and Rev. Dan (Jolene) Minor of Otsego. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews, their children and cousins.

Friends may visit with Mary’s family from 2-5 PM, Sunday, August 9, 2020 at the East Martin Christian Reformed Church where a funeral service will be held at 1:00 P.M., Monday, August 10, 2020 with Pastor Derek Noorman and Pastor Mark Heijerman officiating.

Burial will follow at East Martin Cemetery.

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Lori Steele

August 6, 2020 at 4:37 pm

Prays for Steve and family, all so for the Minor family. Mary will be missed she touched many lives. Including all of her friends on face book. I will miss the pictures of her and her grand daughter baking and visiting the cows.

Lori Snyder-Steele

Plainwell class of 1976


Dan and Jolene Minor

August 6, 2020 at 6:24 pm

Prayers to you. Steve, and your whole family. We will miss Mary so much. She was a dear sister and friend to all.


John and Marlene Cuter

August 6, 2020 at 6:47 pm

Our most sincere sympathies and prayers are extended to the family of Mary and to her many friends. Mary was always a sweet person and a dear Angel.


Carolyn Jordan

August 6, 2020 at 7:33 pm

A kind, caring, genuine, loving, witty, tender lady. My friend, Mary. I’m glad I could find all sorts of different ways to make her laugh. As my heat aches with her passing, it also rejoices because I know where she is! She has joined the Holy Church Triumphant & dwells forever with our loving Savior! I am thankful to God that I was counted among Mary’s friends. My life has been made richer because of that friendship. My deepest sympathies to everyone who loved Mary, especially to Steve, Tad, Martha, Tom & Dan (hugs, friend). Brian & Kinsler- she loved you both so much & it brightened her days to have Kinsler with her every day. They minute Mary was born I know that God looked down at her & said, “My precious Mary! With you I am well pleased!”


Joan Adams

August 6, 2020 at 7:57 pm

Sad to hear this. Mary was a good person and liked by many.


Rita Howard

August 6, 2020 at 9:16 pm

So sorry to hear of Mary’s passing. My prayers to the family.


Deb Search Willoughby

August 6, 2020 at 9:54 pm

Sending love and sympathy to all of Mary’s family and friends. She was one of my first friends when my family moved to Plainwell. I have fond memories of a summer trip with her and her parents to Expo 67 in Canada (look-a-like outfits and more). She will be missed.


Sue Lindsey

August 6, 2020 at 11:17 pm

Brian, Jill, and Kinsler…so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing…my thoughts and prayers are with you at this time…keep the memories close…God gained another angel today…thinking of you all….God Bless…


Mrs. Jim Hewitt. (Patti Khodl)

August 7, 2020 at 1:27 am

To the family & friends of Mary Minor DeMann: So sorry to learn about Mary. If memory serves me right, she was in a Candy Striper class that I was asked to teach years ago when it was Pipp Community Hospital. I didn’t know she went on to become an LPN. I recall her being quiet and sweet. So sorry for your loss. Be kind and gentle with yourselves as this is a devastating and heartbreaking time. I wish you peace in your hearts. Sincerely.


Timothy Brewster

August 7, 2020 at 8:41 am

Sorry to learn of the passing of Mary. The Lord said in my mansion there many rooms. She is now in the arm of the lord and in one of his rooms.


Michael Chase

August 7, 2020 at 12:27 pm

Steve DeMann & Family

I’m sorry for your loss. I knew Mary from grade school & church. Mary was a nice person. Her mother was my 2nd Grade teacher and her father was a great minister I always liked. Mary was a great mother, grandmother and a good friend. Prayers and thoughts.


Elaine and Irv Figel

August 7, 2020 at 2:46 pm

Condolences to the DeMann and Minor families! Our hearts are saddened to hear of Mary’s passing. We are sending love and prayers for your family!!


Kathy Collier

August 7, 2020 at 3:54 pm


I am a childhood and lifelong friend of Mary’s and am so saddened to hear of her death. I am filling my day with memories of her and I am thinking of you and Brian and his family.


Karen Burnell Krajecki

August 7, 2020 at 7:40 pm

To Steve and family,

I was a childhood friend and we graduated together. We recently reconnected ib facebook and she will be missed by many. Sending my heartfelt condolences


Curt and Joni ( Flegal) Haggard

August 7, 2020 at 8:24 pm

“Good friends are like stars. You don’t always see them, but you know they’re always there.” It is with utter disbelief that we all are saying goodbye to Mary, who so loved her life and the people in it. How can this be? I have been replaying so many memories of times spent together, from elementary school and on through the years. May you find peace Steve, Brian, Jill, Kinsler and all of your family.


Thom Sumbler

August 8, 2020 at 8:41 am

Steve and family,

Mary’s passing is a sad loss to all of us. I remember Mary so well from school all those years ago. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.


Julie Lester Taylor

August 8, 2020 at 9:59 am

Sending Prayers and Strength to the family.


Anna Startr

August 8, 2020 at 5:28 pm

My thoughts are with those closest to Aunt Mary (too many to list because she seemed to be a friend to all). So many fond memories of her! I think of her every time I’ve moved (or helped someone move). She helped us move once and brought toilet paper, a bar of soap, and insisted on making our bed before leaving. Such practical kindness! I try to pay it forward to others in her honor. She will be missed.


Doug and Mary VanDerMeulen

August 8, 2020 at 7:05 pm

Steve, Brian, Jill, Kinsler and the rest of the family, we want to express our sincere sympathy to all of you in your loss of Mary. She loved everything about her life and I loved sharing and chatting with her on Facebook. She was always so upbeat. May God give you His love , peace and comfort through these hard times. Mary is so blessed to be with and in the presence of her Jesus. We’re so sorry that we will not be present at either service but with surgery coming, we have to social distance, but we’re keeping you in our thoughts and in our prayers. Blessings and hugs from Doug and Mary VanDerMeulen


Jill Flegal

August 9, 2020 at 8:44 am

Mary’s passing has left a hole in the world. Her many kindnesses were offered selflessly and from her heart. Mary’s family has touched my family in so many ways through the years. Rest in peace, dear Mary.


Mary Flegal

August 9, 2020 at 12:23 pm

It is with such sadness that I offer my condolences to you, Mary’s Family. Her death came as a horrible shock. I have been emembering her kindnesses through the years. How she showed her love for us when Larry died. One snowy day on my birthday I arrived home from an early errand to find the sweetest bouquet in a tiny glass bowl attached to my front door. She had come to town to the florist shop just for that!

There are so many sweet memories of her.

A tour of the house and Brian’s room filled with tractor pictures and toy tractors.. a farmer in the making.

Lunch in her cozy farm house. Seeing her pretty, new computer room . Farm tours. Her pretty little garden in her back yard. Joni giving her camera tips, one day at the farm. Being at her wedding. She and Brian here for Joni snd Curt’s wedding that her father officiated at.. wonderful memories that should have continued for many more years but was not to be.

My heart aches for every one of you who are her faamily.

I will alway miss her, and always love her.


Jerry and Marilyn

August 9, 2020 at 12:26 pm

Our thoughts and prayers to Steve and the DeMann and Minor familes. We have known Mary every since she was a little girl when she was in church in Plainwell when her dad was the Minister there for many years.


Dave & Karen Misner

August 9, 2020 at 3:48 pm

Praying for God’s love to surround you and give you peace. Your family will remain in our prayers.


Shannon, Andrew, Ella, and Jack Minor

August 9, 2020 at 3:54 pm

Condolences to my family and her family. I love you Aunt Mary! Miss you! My condolences to My Uncle Steve DeMann, so sorry for your loss of a great friend, a great wife and a great family member


William & Ruth Longest & Family (Calvary)

August 10, 2020 at 7:39 pm

Steve, Brian & Family

So sorry for your families loss!

With Deepest Sympathy


Barbara glennon

August 11, 2020 at 10:28 am

so Sorry to hear about Mary. We( cousins) always referred to her as one of the younger cousins, and you don’t expect to lose one so young. I will miss seeing her at the reunions where we caught up on everyone’s lives. My sympathy to your family


Sally (Thieman) McLouth

August 13, 2020 at 11:05 pm

Still cannot believe that Mary is gone, she looked so good at our last cousins reunion. Always so friendly and nice

to be around. My sympathy and prayers are with the DeMann & Minor families. I wish we had known in time to

make it to the funeral. May God comfort you all.

With love,

Sally (Thieman) McLouth


Micki (Crow) Pitkin

August 16, 2020 at 3:30 pm

Dear Steve, Brian, and Rev. Dan Minor,

With a sad heart, I offer your family my condolences for the loss of Mary. Her smile touched my life at the dental office. Some people carry inner joy and make your day better with a simple gesture or thoughtful word. Mary was like that. When I was her hygienist, I so looked forward to our dental appointments together.

Without a doubt, Mary left the world a kinder, gentler place.


Illana Hoglund`

August 30, 2020 at 2:55 pm

I was so shocked to hear of Mary’s passing. I remember her as always being so sweet and quiet. She will definitely be missed. You have my sympathy and prayers for the DeMann and the Minor family. What a comfort to know that she is with our Lord and Savior. We can rejoice in this.

Cousin Illana Thieman Hoglund


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