Mary Ann Gelder, 88, passed away July 29, 2019

Mary Ann Gelder, 88, of Benton Harbor passed away Monday, July 29, 2019 at Spectrum Heath, Lakeland in St Joseph.

A private family burial will take place at North Shore Memory Gardens.  Donations in memory of Mary Ann may be made to Caring Circle Hospice.  Those wishing to leave an online message of remembrance may do so at

Mary Ann was born September 5, 1930 in Benton Harbor to Peter and Mary (Kyhos) Bley.  She graduated from St. John's High School and was a member of SS John and Bernard Parish and the North Berrien Senior Center. 

She is survived by five children; Barbara Gelder, Carleen (Francis) Celmer, Bruce (Rene') Gelder, Joseph (Diane) Gelder, and Jennifer (John) Kickles; six grandchildren, Cecily (Denis) Shubin, Amanda Gelder, Mathew (Christina) Gelder, Marc Gelder, Daniel ( Anna) Gelder, Mary Gelder; a step-granddaughter Kaye (Mason) Johnson; eight great grandchildren, Anya, Sophia, Roman, Alexander, Naomi, Blaise, Nathan, Reese; and three step great grandchildren, Cooper, Fischer, and Trinity.

In addition to her parents, Mary Ann was preceded in death by her husband Louis Jonas Gelder, daughter Mary Hope Gelder, and grandson Sean Celmer.

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