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Mary Ann Gilomen, 92 - Services Updated

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Mary Ann Gilomen, age 92, a long-time resident of Farmington, Minn., passed away on Jan. 3, 2010, in Ocala, Fla.

Mary Ann Gilomen, the daughter of Gilbert and Mabel (Law) Lindesmith, was born on Oct. 26, 1917, in Northfield. She graduated from Northfield High School in 1934 and attended Carlton College for a year. On June 29, 1935, she was married to Harold Gilomen and they settled on a small farm in Castle Rock. After several years of farming in the Northfield area and in Milaca, Minn., the family moved to Farmington where she and Harold purchased the farm that was to be their home for many years until they moved to their home on Spruce Street in Farmington.

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During her long life, Mary Ann was a devoted wife and beloved mother. She was a long-time member of Faith United Methodist Church and took an active role in the Women's Society. She served as a volunteer in several Dakota County programs, including Meals-on-Wheels and mentored children in the elementary school system. Mary Ann also greatly enjoyed participating in the Dakota County Fair every year, entering her sewing and crocheting projects and working as a volunteer at the Heritage Village. She was an avid reader, loved concerts and plays, and enjoyed traveling, first with her husband and later on trips with her son and daughter-in-law, including one trip to Ireland, a country she had long wanted to see. Mary Ann was an extraordinarily talented seamstress and crocheter, a gardener and lover of nature and animals. She was rarely without one of her beloved cats close at hand.

Mary Ann is survived by three sons, John (Anne) Gilomen of Farmington, Richard (Nancy) Gilomen of West Melbourne, Fla., and Alan (Carollea) Gilomen of Waterville; daughter, Karen Gilomen of Ocala, Fla.; five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; nine great-great-grandchildren; sister, Corky, who lives in Canada; and numerous loving nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Harold; her parents; one brother; two sisters; and one grandson, James Gilomen.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 19, at the Faith United Methodist Church in Farmington. A reception will follow the service at the church. Burial will take place at the Oaklawn Cemetery in Northfield.

Funeral arrangements by the Bierman Funeral Home of Northfield.

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