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September 20, 1932 - August 10, 2018

Mary was born September 20, 1932 in Preston, Minnesota to Daniel and Ida (Schaefer) Wilbright. After graduating from the Preston High School, she moved to Rochester and was a Nurse’s Aide at the Colonial Hospital.  In 1951, Mary joined the Women’s Army Corps (WAC’s) and served at the Army Finance Center in Ft. Benjamin Harrison located in Indianapolis Indiana.  She later married Herbert Hareldson and celebrated 50 years together until his passing in 2002.  They farmed for many years and moved to Canton in 1975.  Mary then worked for the Fillmore County Nursing Service for 12 years a Home Health Aide.  She belonged to the Henrytown Lutheran Church, Mary Circle, Mabel VFW Auxiliary, and the Canton Lunch Bunch. She enjoyed fishing, baking, and was known as the “doughnut lady”.

Mary  passed away Friday, August 10, 2018 at the Harmony Care Center in Harmony, Minnesota at the age of 85.

Mary is survived by a son Curt of Preston; a sister Carol Williams of Fairmont, Minnesota three granddaughters Katie (Nick) Kaiser, of Minnetonka, Faith (Joel) Krogstad of St. Paul, and Angela (Will Meyer) Hareldson of Rochester; great grandchildren Sula and Espen Krogstad and Miles Kaiser; daughter-in-law Tonia Hareldson of Chatfield; “second daughter” Candace and Dan McElroy and family of Rochester; and a “second family” Les and Mary Myhre family of Mabel; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by a son Duane; two daughters Debbie and Gail; and brother Dick Wilbright.

Funeral services will be 11 AM Wednesday, August 15, 2018 at the Henrytown Lutheran Church in rural Canton with Reverend Dean Safe officiating.  Burial will be in the Crown Hill Cemetery in Preston with military rites by the American Legion.  Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the church. Memorials are preferred to the Henrytown Lutheran Church.

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