Mary Ann Theresa Kniess, 66, of Vandalia, died Monday, Dec. 22, 2014 at Tri-County Care Center in Vandalia following a lengthy battle with cancer.
Mary Ann was born Oct. 8, 1948 in Galveston, Texas to Myron Alfred and Evelyn Anna Frane Kniess. She is the twelfth of 12 children. She attended St. Clement and Bowling Green schools, graduating in 1966. She entered St. Mary’s Convent in O’Fallon and after taking her final vows in 1974, she served as a Sister of The Precious Blood Order for 24 years.
She received a bachelor of science degree in education from St. Mary’s College, master’s degree in theology from Fontbonne University in St. Louis, and professional counseling degree from Lindenwood University in St. Charles. She taught elementary education at Assumption Catholic School in O’Fallon for several years. Later she served several positions as a Sister of the Precious Blood in Texas and Guatemala.
Mary Ann is survived by 10 sisters and brothers and their spouses: Harold A. and Ena A. Kniess of Bowling Green, Yvonne C. and Alfred K. Hofen, Bowling Green, Marie L. and Boyd Bounds, Mexico, Donna Mae E. and Louis Morriss of Palmyra, Kathleen A. and Jim Branham of Louisiana, Delores M. Blackwell, Curryville, Sandra B. and Ben Reid, Bowling Green, Kenneth B. and Louise Kniess of Hannibal, Judith E. and Ed Cochran, Hartsburg, and Susan M. and Charles Wankel of Curryville; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Bernadette V. Cobb in 2012, and a brother-in-law, Carl E. Blackwell in 2003.
A memorial Mass will be held for her at St. Clement Catholic Church on Saturday, Jan. 10 at 10 a.m.
A private family interment service will be held at a later date.