Mary Lou (Hinkley) Kerwin

June 11, 1943 - Oct. 9, 2006

On Monday, Oct. 9, 2006, at age 63, Mary - a dedicated wife, devoted mother, loving grandmother and proud great-grandmother - was received by God after a miraculous battle with ovarian cancer.

Mary was born a kind, caring and giving woman who stayed true to herself and the Lord throughout her life. From the time she was a young woman, she knew her place on earth was to be mother to all who had the fortunate opportunity to cross her path. She helped raise her younger siblings, taught preschool, retired from Children’s Learning Center where she was the head cook, molded her five children and advised her 11 grandchildren. Mary was an enthusiastic committed mother and a loving, devoted wife.

During her life, she touched and helped many. She fed the poor, comforted the sick and sheltered the homeless. Volunteering was Mary’s way of returning all the gifts God had given her. She has been an active member of St. Charles Catholic Church for the past 28 years, and for more then 20 years, Mary played an important roll as a member of the St. Vincent DePaul Society.

Mary enjoyed spending quality time with her family and many friends. She was an avid golfer, a skilled card player and a phenomenal baker and cook. She found joy in camping, fishing, canning and berry picking.

Side by side with her husband, Lance, Mary was the center of her family circle - a circle where love flowed freely, and everyone was welcomed with caring open arms.

Mary is survived by her husband, Lance; her son, Lane (Lori) Kerwin; daughters, Teresa Verity, Wendy (Michael) Hankin, Shari (Darin) Litza and Lana (James) Heaney; six grandsons; five granddaughters; and one great-grandson on the way. She is also survived by her brothers, William, Robert, David, Joe, John, Dan and Ken Hinkley, and her sisters, Darlene Brown, Patty Washburn, Ruth Lane and Maggie Hett, along with their spouses. Mary is further survived by numerous family and friends.

She was preceded in death by both of her parents, Mildred and Gordon Hinkley; her younger brother, Gordon Hinkley Jr.; and her first-born grandson, David Volzka.

Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the noon funeral Mass on Friday, Oct. 13, at St. Charles Catholic Church, 313 Circle Drive, Hartland. Lunch will follow.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the St. Charles /St. Vincent DePaul Society. Evert-Luko Funeral Home of Hartland, 367-2156, is assisting the family.