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March 17, 1917 – Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Service Information
Zion Lutheran Church in Buffalo, MN
Monday, February 4, 2013
11:00 A.M.

Visitation Information
Monday, February 4, 2013
10-11:00 A.M.

Mary Jane Postels, age 95, of Nisswa, Minnesota, passed away on Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at Lake Ridge Care Center in Buffalo.

She was born on March 17, 1917, in Gilbert, Minnesota, the daughter of Earl & Alta Stanley Stewart.

Mary always set a good example for others. She was the perfect Martha Stewart homemaker and mom, knowing how to get things done and to take care of what needed to be. She faced many challenges in life, but never let them get her down. Her family always came first.

She was very proud not wanting to inconvenience anyone. She looked forward to the “Twins” season each year. Scoring the Twins games was a favorite pastime.

Survived by her loving children: Margery Tapper of Crookston, Minnesota, a son: Robert Postels of Big Lake, a daughter: Bonnie (Bob) Johnson of Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, a daughter: Dawn (Dennis) Swanson of Buffalo and by a son: Tim (Carol) Postels of Spokane, Washington; seventeen grandchildren; twenty eight great grandchildren and a great, great grandchild; a brother: Robert Stewart and a sister: Doris Larson.

She is preceded in death by her parents: Earl & Alta Stewart, her husband: Raymond Postels, an infant son: Michael, a son: Raymond Jr. and by two brothers: Homer Stewart and Donald Stewart.

A Memorial service for Mary Jane Postels will be held on Monday, February 4th, 2013 at 11:00 A.M. at Zion Lutheran Church in Buffalo, Minnesota.

A visitation will be held on Monday, February 4th from 10:00-11:00 A.M. at the church.

Arrangements for Mary Jane Postels are by The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo. Online condolences may be made to

7 Guestbook Entries

  1. Ed Blair

    Dawn and family,
    My sympathies to one of the neatest families I’ve known. Ed


    Aunt Mary’s Lasagna was the best!!! I can see her sitting at Grandpa and Grandma Postels table listening to the Twins on her transister radio. We are not able to make it to the service as we will be out of town. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. God Bless each of you! Michelle

  3. Barbara Stewart Mogel & Russ Mogel

    Aunt Mary was a Mom to me, even before my own Mom passed away. Her handmade birthday cards and sweet notes arrived every year, right on time. No matter what was going on in my life, she made me feel loved.

    We shared a love for our many dogs (each one exceptional and adorably cute in the photos we shared), our many generations of zebra finches, and a strong preference for living closer to nature. I am reminded about visiting Cousin Dawn in 1966 and Aunt Mary was cooking, juggling schedules for the evening and also scoring a Twins game – talk about multi-tasking! I’m so glad I was able to visit Aunt Mary and Aunt Doris in 2011, with many thanks again to Cousins Dawn and Cathy for making that possible. Aunt Mary’s home was just as she described in her many letters – filled with bright colors and sparkling light, views of the lake, wind in the woods, and the peeping of her finches in a terrific custom bird cage.

    Her kindness, love of family and straight forward approach to life will be dearly missed.

    Sent with love for Aunt Mary and my deep sympathies for the whole family – Barbie Stewart Mogel

  4. Taff Stewart

    What a wonderful, loving lady “my” Aunt Mary was, even though we were so far apart. I extend my deep sympathy to all the rest of us, her extended loving family. Rest in Peace, dear Aunt Mary.

  5. Penny Stewart

    Aunt Mary will always live on in my heart. My love and prayers to her family.

  6. Paul Stewart

    May our Lord give you peace, for all the Blessings He gave us all, in the life of our Aunt Mary, and through her love. God Bless you all, we love you.

  7. Jim Stewart (Bob's son)

    The last time I saw Aunt Mary was at the last Stewart family reunion…what, 15 years back, more even? I’ll always remember her great smile and bountiful happiness under every circumstance. Plus, I’ll really miss her birthday card that has come at least for the last 40 years like clockwork… ;-(


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